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The MA in Theatre and Performance is an innovative programme that is committed to socially-engaged and critically inventive exploration into theatre and performance.

The programme is interdisciplinary in its scope, and provides students with a range of opportunities to analyse and create theatre and performance in relation to a wide variety of critical contexts and cultural and historical perspectives.

You will benefit from our expertise in five main strands in theatre and performance: cultural politics; transnational practice; experimental practice; applied practice; and cultural industries. A key benefit of the programme is its flexibility: within a framework of informed and structured experimentation, you can develop theoretical and practical projects to advance your own investigations.

The programme will:

  • Offer you a range of potential career outcomes. You will be given a solid grounding for further study in theatre and performance, while you will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements in the cultural industries
  • Allow you to develop both theoretical and practical projects to advance your own research or career agendas

Why study for your MA in Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary?

Drama at Queen Mary offers you the opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant performance research environments in the UK; our students' own work directly benefits from, and contributes to, the department's world-class scholarly and artistic reputation, as postgraduates work alongside scholars and practising artists with international research profiles.

  • We have close links with London's leading cultural institutions which means you will have the opportunity to work with theatre and other arts professionals. For students interested in developing their experience in the cultural industries, the Department offers placements at a number of organisations, both large and small. Students are also encouraged to participate actively in the numerous research and performance events that are a central feature of academic life in Drama at Queen Mary.
  • Our location in east London is an important element in our work, and you are encouraged to see the site of your studies as being part of your exploration of your subject. Whether in groups, or individually, you are also encouraged to investigate the unknown and the unexpected, and we have developed modules that will invite you to consider drama and performance in a variety of settings which might include schools, hospitals, prisons, art galleries or the streets, as well as theatres across the UK and internationally.
  • In addition to spending contact hours with our world-leading academic staff, students also attend lectures, workshops and mentoring sessions with visiting artists. In recent years the MA has hosted a wide range of high-profile artists, including Ron Athey, Julia Bardsley, Stacy Makishi, Kira O'Reilly, Manuel Vason, Simon Vincenzi, Del LaGrace Volcano, and many others.

For full information about life in the School and the programmes we offer, please see the School of English and Drama Website.


Visit the MA Theatre and Performance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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