The MA is delivered through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. The training culminates in productions directed by the MA students and staged at LAMDA.
LAMDA has been training directors for almost 20 years. The success of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, our commitment to preparing students for all aspects of performance production and our nurturing of the individuality of each student’s focus and passion. This results in visionary and versatile directors who enjoy sustainable careers in the industry.
In the first term, students observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside our acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing to develop an understanding of the actor’s process.
They receive tuition in text analysis and interpretation, as well as the aesthetics and processes particular to screen. They also direct each other in short scene studies.
In the second term and third terms, MA students assist professional directors on four projects, including two public productions, an original short film and an actors' workshop.
During the Easter break, students collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre – an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and develop their dramaturgical skills. These pieces are presented as a short workshop performance which is closed to the public.
Students also have the opportunity to work on a speculative design project with a student designer from a leading Theatre Design course.
Course tuition focuses on developing skills and confidence in dramaturgy and working with playwrights, designers and producers, devising, casting and auditioning, programming, understanding funding models and pitching for work.
The final term is dedicated to staging the students' own showcase productions.
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- The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, incoming students are usually aged 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must have completed a college or university course, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. They must have been sufficiently involved in theatre (professional or student) in order to demonstrate serious professional intent in pursuing a career as a director. Applicants must be fluent English speakers or, in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven.