A unique programme for dramaturgs and playwrights.
This highly successful programme offers specialist pathways in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. We concentrate on the process of writing for live performance, together with an ongoing evaluation of the work in process. Through practice and reflection, we enable you to establish a distinctive, individual approach as both a writer and dramaturge. Projects include site'specific work, writing for a specific audience, verbatim theatre and interdisciplinary collaboration.
We support the development of texts for performance, alongside intellectual understanding of the diverse forms and contexts in which live performance can be made and the writer/dramaturge’s role in this. We examine texts from a wide range of periods and cultures. We engage with work that is innovative, or which challenges established notions of practice.
Permanent staff are joined by distinguished professionals. Visiting tutors include Ian Rickson (former Artistic Director of the Royal Court), Sarah Clifford, Duncan Macmillan, Penny Black, and Philip Osment.
**Opportunities to collaborate**
Dramaturgs and playwrights study side by side, and examine creative and dramaturgical issues from various perspectives as writers, spectators and creative collaborators. There are opportunities to collaborate on an Interdisciplinary Project with MA Performance Makers and composers from the Department of Music. Final project texts, performed and directed by industry professionals, are presented at the Soho Theatre in London, attended by key industry representatives. Graduates are highly successful in obtaining commissions, dramaturgy posts and artistic directorships. Recent successes include:
* Tena Štivičić (Three Winters National Theatre 2015)
* Finn Kennedy (Artistic Director, Tamasha Theatre Company 2015)
* Melissa Bubnic (Beached at Soho Theatre 2015)
All students receive Professional Orientation and support towards career development.
Autumn term: Writing project; dramaturgy. Spring term: Creative intervention in text; final project. You also take another option from the list of contextual modules shared with students from other Masters programmes. Summer term: Playwriting projects; dramaturgy projects.
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- You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard (or equivalent) in a relevant/related subject.
- You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
- If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us.