You will normally be expected to hold a first-degree qualification (2.2 or above), hold an equivalent qualification or be able to demonstrate considerable professional or practical experience at a level commensurate with ability to work at Masters’ level study. The award should be in a discipline which underpins your proposed programme of study or which can be shown to have provided appropriate practical or conceptual skills to contribute to the study.
Applications for the MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance are made to Rose Bruford College.
As part of the application process applicants will be required on their application form to make a written statement outlining their intent/mission statement/ interest in the subject area and the programme. They will also need to submit material, a play they have written if they are a writer, a portfolio if they are a director, a reel or filmed scene or two contrasting monologues if they are an actor. Multi discipline artists are encouraged to apply, if they are a director/playwright/actor/composer for example they will submit materials that give a sense of their work in each area. There are a number of auditions being held in USA and Europe if applicants are available to attend an audition in person that would be preferable.
In all cases, the selection panel will look for a high degree of explicit ability, of self-motivation and criticism with an informed enthusiasm capable of sustaining you within the more rigorous and challenging conditions of the MFA programme.
Why choose this course?
1. The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance aims to inspire the theatre and performance artists of tomorrow and appeal to those committed to the creation of their own work – whether as actors, directors or writers for the stage. The journey of the programme cover all three areas.
2. The programme is rigorous, intensive, comprehensive and practical, integrating a deep curiosity for life with a passion for theatre and performance. Students will undertake a profound practical investigation into contemporary performance, directing and writing, and their relationship to making new theatre and performance creation. In doing so this opens up the space for the development of innovative new practice and knowledge as well as creating original fusions between cutting edge technologies, current scientific knowledge and global social and political movements through the medium of performance and theatre.
3. The MFA programme offers a unique global degree across three continents:
Year one of the MFA takes place at Rose Bruford College in London, UK.
The second year takes place at National Theater Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, USA.The third year begins with three months with NTI at Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and then returns to London for making and performing of the final production in London.
The third year begins with three months with NTI at Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and then returns to London for making and performing of the final production in London.
4. Students will draw on the benefits and experience of these three leading international drama schools with renowned reputation for delivering high-quality vocational theatre training. The programme uniquely integrates the British, American, and Russian approaches to theatre training.
5. The 13- month MA is taught for one semester in Rose Bruford College in London, one semester at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut and a final Independent Research project.
6. The benefits of the programme are self-evident and enticing as every student will graduate with a solid understanding of how theatre and performance functions on both sides of the Atlantic. Students on this course will not just be internationally-focused, highly motivated and self-reflective, but also to be self-sustaining in their approach to theatre making, productions and resources, taking charge of their own creative destiny and shaping theatre, arts and culture of the future.
MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance
The MFA programme has a unique pattern in that this MFA programme is taught for three years across three different continents. The programme will benefit from the courses already on offer at Rose Bruford College and NTI which have been developed, structured and used as the springboard to build the MFA. The MFA students will also benefit from studying for a semester in their third year in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Year 1: Based at Rose Bruford College in London, UK
There are three modules in year one each undertaken by all students in the fundamentals of acting, writing and directing. Year one will cover skills and fundamentals of the three areas for all students with no options. This bespoke programme is designed to include the Performative Writing module of current Postgraduate provision at Rose Bruford College.
Module 3. Performer, Writer, Director and Theatre maker. (30 credits)
Year 2: Based at National Theater Institute, Connecticut, USA
There are two modules in year two at NTI. The first module (module 4) is a 14-week intensive which offers a comprehensive training curriculum taken by all MFA students. The second module (module 5) offers students an option in either directing, writing, music theatre or performing.
Module 4: Laboratory Intensive (30 credits)
Module 5. Advanced Practice (60 Credits)
Year 3: Based at Moscow Art Theatre School and Rose Bruford College, London, UK
Module 6: Final Independent Project (Rose Bruford tutored)
The final Independent Project begins with a three month study/research period at Moscow Art Theatre School in order to train, research, initiate writing for an ensemble show for performance in either London or Edinburgh which will be rehearsed in London for three months and performed on return to the UK. (60 Credits).
MA International Theatre Practice and Performance (ITPP)
This thirteen month programme is a condensed version of the MFA offering one semester at Rose Bruford College, one semester in NTI and one term of an Independent Research Project.
Semester 1: Based at Rose Bruford College in London, UK
There are two modules of 30 credits undertaken by MA International Theatre Practice and Performance students at Rose Bruford College. The first module focusses on the fundamental skills of performance. The programme is designed to include the Performative Writing module of current postgraduate provision at Rose Bruford College.
Semester 2: Based at National Theater Institute, Connecticut, USA
The MA offers one module in semester two at NTI of 60 credits.
Module 3: Theatre makers Intensive (60 Credits)
This module is a 14-week intensive theater program. The first part of theatre makers intensive module offers a comprehensive training curriculum, with classes in acting, directing, design, movement, playwriting, voice, singing etc. Weekly presentation of plays and musicals mentored by working directors, playwrights or composers. These presentations involve design, choreography etc. Every student will be involved in at least two devising processes and the company project which the students build from the start in ten days.
The second half of the module will build on the work of the NTI intensive and apply this work over a six-week period to produce a piece of theatre for public performance as part of theatre makers Intensive which invites actors, directors, and playwrights to spend six weeks training in a single discipline. They will produce new works alongside the O’Neill’s professional national conferences that originated the staged reading model and launched the careers of countless theatre artists.
Module 5: Final Independent Project: Rose Bruford College tutored (60 Credits)
The final module comprises the creation of an original piece of creative work. Students work on this in their own time and location. This may be a performance; a conceptual paper; a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that the student has developed and will pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of the student’s own practice, or a model and vision for the student’s future organisation. It could be a book; it may be the presentation of a Research and Development for a theatre production, or the creation of a professional portfolio, and material for audition. It will be the culmination and distillation of the practice and vision the student has developed over the course of their studies and reflect the integrity and originality of their practice. The final project can be understood as the proposition which launches the student into the professional world.
In addition to taught programmes, there is an optional self-funded USA showcase for MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance programmes in November each year in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Impact of the programme on subject knowledge and research.
The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance offer the opportunity for students to undertake an intensive practical investigation into contemporary performance, directing and writing, and their relationship to making new theatre and performance creation. In doing so it opens up the space for the development of innovative new practice and knowledge as well as creating original fusions between cutting edge technologies, current scientific knowledge and global social and political movements through the medium of performance and theatre.
There is a research imperative inherent across all elements of the programme for all staff as well as for students.
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