MA in Theatre Directing

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Program Description

MA in Theatre Directing

St Mary's University, Twickenham

MA in Theatre Directing

  • MA in Theatre Directing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Theatre Directing

The MA in Theatre Directing is designed to explore the art and techniques of theatre directing within the context of contemporary theatre making. It aims to enhance students’ professional practice and to help students gain access to the theatre profession. Modules are taught by both academics and theatre directors with the assistance of professional actors in the practical classes.

Directing workshops explore rehearsal techniques, script analysis, performance, design and technical aspects of production. A key module focuses on directing as a career. There is a particular emphasis on the study of the working relationship between the director and the performer. At the end of the course students present a full scale production at a London fringe venue. Study is over one year full-time or two years part-time.

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The programme is both academic and vocational. It aims to provide an advanced understanding of theatre production processes within a context of both contemporary theatre-making and the dramatic tradition. It further aims to develop students' craft skills and technical abilities in order to prepare them for a career in theatre directing.

The programme is aimed, then, at graduates who wish both to advance their understanding of theatre practice and to develop their work to a professional standard. It is further aimed at theatre professionals who wish to formalise their experience with a course of study and a qualification, as well as giving some the possibility of a career change to directing.


Assessment takes various forms. The two lecture-seminar courses are assessed by 4,000 word essay, two of the modules have
practical exercises and Directing Actors is assessed by a rehearsal exercise using professional actors in a scene of your choice. Most of the assessment, however, is focused on the final production. Students are required to produce and direct a full-scale production with professional actors at a London fringe


Applicants would normally have a first degree in Drama and some experience (student / fringe) of directing for the theatre. Occasionally, applicants may have a degree in another subject or no degree. In such cases a higher level of practical experience is expected, for example considerable professional acting experience.

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Last updated August 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price Free