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MA Theatre and Performance

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The MA in Theatre and Performance offers the opportunity to study in one of the best Drama departments in the United Kingdom, in one of the world’s greatest theatre cities.

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The programme reflects Drama’s commitment to socially engaged and critically inventive inquiries into theatre and performance. Students study with academic staff who are recognised worldwide for the quality and innovation of their research and benefit from the outstanding guest artists and scholars with whom we collaborate.

About the Programme

The MA in Theatre and Performance is interdisciplinary, offering students the opportunity to analyse and create theatre and performance in relation to a wide variety of critical, cultural, and historical perspectives. Students benefit from staff expertise in four main strands of research within theatre and performance studies: transnational performance, live art, cultural histories of performance, and applied performance. Our staff assist students working in early modern through to contemporary theatre and performance, offering a wealth of opportunities for students to specialise in many research areas and periods.

A key benefit of the programme is its flexibility, balancing rigorous theoretical and historical exploration with structured experimentation in performance practice. Across core and optional modules, students can develop both theoretical and practical projects to advance their own research agendas.

In addition to working with academic staff in the Department of Drama, students attend lectures, workshops, and mentoring sessions with visiting artists throughout their studies.  In recent years the MA has hosted a wide range of high-profile artists, including Ron Athey, Julia Bardsley, Stacy Makishi, Kira O’Reilly, Peggy Shaw, Manuel Vason, Simon Vincenzi, Del LaGrace Volcano, and many others. Students can also exploit the many resources, networks, and facilities available to graduate students in London.

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