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The digital age has intensified the need to study performance. Performance is no longer confined to a segregated place and time – the theatre – but is, literally, everywhere. The last three decades have seen an explosion of hybrid forms of performance worldwide: cross-cultural theatre, documentary and socially engaged performance, live art, one-on-one performance, immersive and site-specific theatre, traditional and contemporary adaptations of classics.

Located in a vibrant research environment in one of the best-equipped Drama Departments in the UK, our MA in Theatre Practice nurtures practitioners and scholars of the future. The diverse and flexible programme taught by internationally renowned scholars-practitioners allows you to research, construct and deliver highly articulate ideas. Our rigorous teaching encourages collaboration across genres, disciplines and cultures. It is rooted in physical training, environmental, scenographic, object and site exploration, ensemble work, creative and critical writing, and expert supervision of artistically challenging ideas and projects.

During a one year course you will:

  • Extend your practice by participating in workshops with leading professionals in your field of interest whether that may be performing, directing, socially engaged performance or Shakespeare
  • Learn to contextualise your work socially and politically
  • Sharpen your critical skills by engaging with theoretical and practice-based research
  • Develop compositional, technical and management skills and strategies for creating independent work
  • Forge relationships with an international network of organisations and/or universities
  • Build creative communities

Modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development.

Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.

Some examples of the modules are:

  • Research Preparation and Writing Skills
  • Cultural Adaptation
  • Dissertation Term
  • Contemporary Performance Practices

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The taught components of the MA Theatre Practice are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Modules are taught in seminar groups, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. In seminars you will be expected to take part in debate and present your work.

Assessment method

Assessment is via a combination of seminar presentations, essays, continuous assessment, presentations of practice (only for practice options) and a written research project and dissertation.

Research areas

Drama at Exeter is an internationally renowned centre for practice, research and teaching. There are three research centres in the department with wide-ranging and interdisciplinary research interests.

Our connections span the world and include European, American, Australian, Indian and Indonesian universities and practice-based institutions. Our students have benefited from collaborations with organisations like the Globe Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as local and national theatre companies, hospitals, prisons and schools. Our industry links are strong and our graduates have gone on to form such critically acclaimed companies as Theatre Alibi, Forced Entertainment and Punchdrunk.

Careers

A Masters degree in Drama from Exeter will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. Our students develop skills in researching, analysing and assessing sources, written and verbal communication, managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. There are a wide range of career options open to students including acting, directing, performing, teaching and technical roles. Graduates also find work in other very varied areas: website design, press relations, magazine editing, copywriting, account managing, national health practice, law and journalism.

Read more on our website.


Visit the MA Theatre Practice page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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