Applied drama/ theatre is an umbrella term which includes the practice of drama in a wide range of settings, such as drama and theatre in education; young people’s theatre; drama, health and healing; reminiscence and heritage theatres; theatre in prisons; theatre for development and community theatre.
This course addresses the 'social turn' at the cutting-edge of contemporary theatre, where new forms of participation are blurring the boundaries between performer and spectator. During the course you will have the opportunity to explore creative and research opportunities in some of these diverse and dynamic contexts and analyse the politics and values of applied drama.
The Applied and Participatory Theatre programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. This innovative MA allows you to explore ways in which drama and theatre might be applied to educational, therapeutic and community contexts.
You will experience radically different approaches to performance-making in both conventional theatre spaces and in non-theatrical settings, enabling you to consider the relationship between innovative performance practices and work in applied theatre. The programme considers the international dimension of applied and participatory theatre, and the local and global implications of artistic practice.
By the end of this degree you will be well prepared to work in different locations and have developed your own praxis and practical skills as a practitioner, workshop leader and artist.
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different drama and theatre-related areas, including careers in professional theatre, training and education. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies and many of our students go on to advanced research.
You will study three core course units and complete a dissertation.
The MA in Applied and Participatory theatre will appeal to anyone who is interested in socially engaged art. It is focused on theatre in different institutional, therapeutic and community settings, and raises questions about how artists might encourage public participation in a range of different forms of theatre and performance-making. You will study three core course units and complete a dissertation.
You will follow a course called Applied and Participatory Theatre Workshop where you will develop your skills as a practitioner and artist, as well as engaging in critical debates about the field. The next specialist module is the Independent Practical Project, where you gain valuable professional experience in community settings.
In addition to the two modules above you will study a shared module for all MA students in the Drama and Theatre Department that considers the contexts for theatre and performance, its histories and practices. The details and assessment methods of this course are being updated for the new year and will appear in more detail on the department website once validated.
The fourth module is the dissertation on a chosen subject within your field of study with accompanying Research Methodologies course that supports students in independent research and writing.
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You will be required to submit two pieces of critical writing to process your application. These can take the form of EITHER two academic essays that you have submitted for assessment on a previous course OR two analyses of professional theatre productions that you have recently seen (this should be an analysis of how meaning is created in performance in each example and not merely a description of the show).
The MA courses at Royal Holloway combine practical and academic modes of inquiry, and much of the assessment is in the form of academic writing. We therefore need to see examples of critical writing that are focused on professional work other than your own, before we can reach a decision on your application (approx. 2000 words each).
We also directly support 100 postgraduate students through a variety of scholarships, bursaries and assistantships. Our sources of funding page gives you a full list and eligibility criteria for these awards, which vary in the level of funding provided. Some cover both tuition fees and living expenses in full: others make a contribution towards a portion of the cost of study. In some cases, a combination of funding is possible, for example if a Departmental Assistantship is held with a Research Scholarship.
As well as our awards, a wide range of funding is open to postgraduate students from different sources. Competition for these awards is intense and there are often strict deadlines. Our Directors of Graduate Studies in each department will offer guidance on how to make an application.We also provide financial advice and support to ensure your time here is as stress-free as possible when it comes to money.
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