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Collaborative Theatre Practice *


Be informed and inspired

Professional mentoring, workshops and masterclasses led by experienced creative industry practitioners

Be bold and daring

Create, develop and run your own professional theatre company

Be imaginative and innovative

Advance your collaborative theatre-making skills through working on classical and modern plays and industry placements

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
13 Months
Start date:
Digital, Technologies and Arts
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*This course is subject to validation

Advance your theatre skills and learn how to work as a collaborative practitioner on a series of production- based projects with the support and guidance of professional creative industry practitioners.

This practice - based MA, is perfect for emerging and established set and costume designers, theatre scenographers, directors, dramaturgs, technicians and stage and production managers. It offers real world opportunities to extend and develop their experience of working in artistic and creative roles within theatre production teams, helping them realise play texts for performance.

You will learn and enhance your specific theatre skills and processes and practices: working imaginatively, creatively, collaboratively on specified theatre projects. In the first instance these will normally be through negotiated roles on undergraduate productions of either a contemporary or classical play.

We will help you negotiate your own professional creative industry placement, offering you valuable entrepreneurial and enterprise skills, career enhancement skills and opportunities.

You will be required to work with your fellow students to create and develop your own unique theatre company. Once established you will work collaboratively on an agreed theatre project of your choice, work with professional actors and tour your work to venues you negotiate and arrange.

Throughout the programme you will be taught, mentored and supported by experienced theatre practitioners and established creative industry experts. Your industry work will be supported by the BeInspired team at Staffordshire University, who will offer you opportunities to apply for a year’s free career advice and funding after you graduate.  

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Collaborative Theatre Practice

Course content

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.


Module structure*

  • Staging Plays 1: Visualisation (40 credits)
  • Staging Plays 2: Realisation (40 credits)
  • Industry Perspectives: Entrepreneurship, Employability, Enterprise (40 credits)
  • Creative Company: Innovation and Impact (60 credits)

*May be subject to minor change

Honours degree of 2:1 or above, or relevant professional experience, in a related area. Entry to the programme is open to both National and International Drama and Theatre graduates with a proven aptitude and ability in their specialist area i.e. as directors, dramaturgs, scenographers, technicians and/or stage and production managers. It may also be of interest to actors who want to extend their knowledge, understanding and experience of collaborative theatre making processes for text-based theatre. We welcome applications from students from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. These include working theatre professionals, teachers, performers and other creative industry practitioners who are interested in upskilling and advancing their personal and professional development.



After completing the Collaborative Theatre Practice MA, you’ll be equipped with transferable skills attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including many embraced by the Creative Industries:

  • Theatre and Performance
  • Directing
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Marketing, Management and Administration
  • Academia
  • Journalism
  • Events Management and presentation.

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment


On this course, you will learn via a combination of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, seminars, production meetings and tutorials. Independent study and research also constitute an important part of your learning. You will be given reading assignments on a regular basis. Tutors will provide supporting materials and formative and summative assessments to help you.Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.


We know that it is important for you to be able to evaluate your progress. Your personal mentor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.


Students will be working with staff who have strong connections with/or work within the creative industries. It is intended that the teaching and mentoring of the programme should be complimented by visiting recognised industry practitioners and experts working at the forefront of the profession.

Richard Cheshire
Richard CheshireLecturer

Richard was Curriculum Leader for Drama, Performance and Scenography and Director of Learning and Teaching at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University. Away from lecturing, Richard also works as a freelance theatr…

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Dr Robert Marsden
Dr Robert MarsdenInterim Head Of Department-Media & Perf

Dr Robert Marsden is the Head of Department of Media & Performance. Robert also works in professional theatre as a director and writer, and writes on rehearsal studies, directing practice and British pantomime amongst other topics.

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Susan Condie
Susan CondieP/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Drama & Perf Arts

Sue has been designing for a variety of companies nationally for over twenty years. She regularly designs for The Stephen Joseph Scarborough and for Sixth Sense Theatre. She has designed productions for Northern Broadsides/Dukes, Coventry Belgra…

Jo Dawson
Jo DawsonLecturer

Jo trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama and has been lighting shows since 1994. Her theatre work includes Vincent in Brixton, Tis Pity She's A Whore, The Shape of Things andStudio Summer Seasons 2002 – 2005 & 2008 - 2012…

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Derrick Cameron
Derrick CameronSenior Lecturer

Derrick studied Drama at Liverpool Polytechnic (BA) and University of Essex (MA). Before taking up teaching full time. He's been a playwright, script reader, postgraduate researcher, and part-time drama lecturer.

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If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact


Applications are not currently available for this course.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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