This exciting pathway of the MA Theatre gives you the opportunity to explore both the theory and the practice of directing. You will be taught by core members of staff and visiting professional directors currently active in different aspects of theatre. Recent guest teachers include Max Stafford-Clark, Faynia Williams, Clive Mendus, Pamela Howard, Michael Walling, and Katie Mitchell.
The course is taught primarily through intensive practical workshops that involve discussion, focused readings and viewings; the testing of various methods and approaches; and the presentation of short directed scenes or studio exercises. You will be expected to undertake independent research using the array of published documentary material now available on the subject and the resources offered by the study facilities at London theatres and the Theatre Museum.
During the Summer Term you will work on the planning and rehearsal of your project with close supervision from your supervisor and production personnel. You will also complete a dissertation, researching some aspect of directing such as the practices of past or current directors, or you might wish to theoretically pursue questions which in your chosen production-work you would like to address practically.
You will study five core course units as well as undertake an independent practical project and write a dissertation.
Core course units:
Directing Workshop (Autumn Term)
This unit focuses on the directors relationship with, and facilitation of the actor, with reference to models of practice in historical and contemporary contexts. Through a practical engagement with key directorial concerns, you will work on the development of short scenes for performance. Involves both practical assessment and written reflection.
Theatre Contexts, Histories & Practices (Autumn Term)
This is a practical workshop followed by an individual 1500-2000 word critique. The unit is taught in themed blocks across the Autumn and Spring Terms, each block is led by a member of academic staff with research expertise in relation to the specified topics. Students will explore different approaches to historical and theoretical analysis, and how they may serve to explicate dramatic and performance texts. Dissertation: Methodologies and Approaches (Autumn Term)
Topics include: methodologies for research; resources at Royal Holloway; searching online databases; creating bibliographies; performance analysis, etc. Assessment is by presentation and project outline. Directing Workshop (Spring Term)
This continues from the Autumn Term unit, working towards the development of short scenes for performance and seeding the major practical project (Independent Practical Project) in the Summer Term. Involves both practical assessment and written reflection. Theatre Contexts, Histories & Practices (Spring Term) This is a practical workshop, continuing from the Autumn Term unit, and will be followed by an individual 1500-2000 word critique. Independent Practical Project (Summer Term)
You will undertake independent work on the planning, rehearsal and performance of a practical project, with the supervision of an allocated supervisor and production personnel. The project is assessed by a practical presentation scheduled during the Summer Term, plus a viva and supporting written material. Dissertation (for submission at the end of August)
You will produce a 10,000-14,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choosing, in negotiation with and supported by your supervisor.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
* enhanced and applied their skills as reflective theatre practitioners
* explored the scope of theatre studies and its critical and research methodologies
* developed their skills in collaborative working
* explored the links between theory and practice
* enhanced and applied their skills of independent research and analysis.
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