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MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama Graduate School

Full time October MA, Other 1 year or 2 years full-time

About the course

As a student on the MA or MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at Central, you can expect to:

  • Engage in a collaborative laboratory for practical experiment
  • Create new work for an extensive range of public encounters
  • Play a leading role in tomorrow’s performance and theatre making worlds.

Benefits of the programme

  • Develop experience from extensive workshops with leading professionals, learning to research and extend your own practice, launch a company, make new work, and, on the MA, finally take this to an audience beyond Central
  • Extend the roles of performer, director, writer, designer, dramaturg, puppeteer, musician, artist, or creative thinker in new and unexpected ways within a supportive atmosphere of discovery and innovation
  • Explore the interdisciplinarity of performer practices, performance

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Entry Requirements

You will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

Course Content

Open days

10 May 2021
Postgraduate Information Week

14 May 2021
International Student Support and VISA information

Where will I study?

Where is Royal Central School of Speech & Drama


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Student Profile(s)

Rob Drummer, Graduated 2010, currently Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre, London.

Coming to Central as a Director, the course has equipped me with all of the creative skills that have seen me through these first several years of my career, including how I engage with playwrights at the Bush as Associate Dramaturg. The course, in its collaborative ethos, with real focus on questioning stories and storytelling whilst building contemporary theatre, was a challenge and a foundation for my work.


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