This MA offers advanced specialist knowledge, education and training by providing theatre making opportunities for you to advance, develop and apply your existing theatre skills and improve your professional understanding and practice. The collaborative theatre making disciplines of directing, costume, set, stage and production management, lighting, sound and digital media can all be experienced through working as members of a productions artistic/creative team.
You will begin your first Semester exploring the world of the play; developing technical and research skills, learning to work collaboratively, visualising production concepts for a classical and contemporary play. This will equip you with advanced knowledge, methodologies and concepts and enhance your ability to synthesise theory and practice in order to operate as an informed theatre practitioner.
You will also be introduced to the logistical, ethical and legal considerations required to establish a formal theatre company. These aspects of the course will be taught in conjunction with the BeInspired team at Staffs.
You will then be allocated to practical projects to apply your creative knowledge within the various theatrical production modules running as part of the BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen degree. These will provide wide-ranging contexts for the development of creative collaborations, team building skills and personal and professional integration. They will give advanced opportunities for you to design, direct, stage and production manage and/or work as a creative theatre technician, on a diverse range of contemporary and classical plays and projects, with both large and small-scale casts. You will then negotiate further advanced learning opportunities on professional placements where you can engage and work with creative industry professionals and experts, attaining invaluable ‘real world’ experiences to apply, test and develop your creative and technical skills.
Finally, you will work with students on the programme to create an independent professional theatre company and negotiate your role within it. You will be given a budget and depending on the skills of the company, will be offered opportunities to employ and work with professional actors and/or theatre technicians. As a collective, you will decide on the name and legal identity of the theatre company, create an artistic policy, mission statement, unique selling points and present your work to public audiences in the Staffordshire Community and beyond. The company will also be expected to work within a budget set and arrange a tour of the work to venue(s). These may include international theatre festivals, Edinburgh and London Fringes and other site-specific or professional theatre venues.