Queer Performance

What you'll study

The first and only MA of its kind to focus on queer performance, this course offers broad training in a range of queer performance practice, delivered by renowned queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers.

Fiercely socially engaged, political, experimental, and interdisciplinary, the course provides an in-depth, comprehensive examination of queer performance practice, studying its themes, methodologies, and untapped possibilities.

By collaborating closely with other queers in a supportive context, the course develops and expands your individual practice by offering opportunities to contextualise your work while collaborating with others.

We welcome all students with an interest in engaging with queer performance, whether primarily as maker (in theatre, live art, drag, cabaret, writing, video and moving image, sound art, digital arts), researcher, critic, facilitator or producer.

Queer Performance

Why choose this course?

Experimentation and innovation

Be part of the world's first postgraduate training in queer performance practice, building on important histories you will innovate approaches to making theatre, live art, cabaret, digital work and new writing for contemporary audiences.

Unique approach

Through in-depth training and study in both intensive in-person residencies and online sessions, you will develop your artistic and academic expertise within established contexts alongside dynamic opportunities for making solo and collaborative performance work.

Expert training

You will be taught, guided and mentored by experienced world-leading staff with international reputations in queer performance as you explore different processes and develop new skills.


This course creates a pedagogical culture dedicated to providing advanced, rigorous and challenging learning and development opportunities. Develop key skills in researching and thinking through queer methodologies and articulate how queer approaches inform the creation and reception of performance.

Sharing work

You will be encouraged to share work with audiences beyond Rose Bruford, including online, in club spaces, galleries, theatres and festivals. You will create and share an original work in any form, supported by a professional mentor.

Industry contacts and networking

Development of a professional network of creative relationships.

Queer Performance MA

More about the course

This hybrid course is designed to take place in person and online over 13 months. As a cohort, you will have four intensive in-person residencies together, three in the UK and one normally one abroad.

Seminars, discussions, tutorials and mentorship will be delivered online, weekly throughout term time. As such, students can live anywhere globally, but are required to travel to be in attendance for the residencies.

You can study this course full time (over 13 months) or part time (over 26 months).

Accessibility and learning styles: The course is designed with accessibility considerations across all aspects, although we will always strive to improve and collaborate on improving our access provisions.

All written assessments have optionality for alternative spoken/performed components.

Module 1 : Thinking Queerly

Residential: The programme begins with a 14-day London-based residential intensive in September including taught sessions, artist-led practical workshops, sharing and discussion of where we have all come from, our current positions and future aspirations, and to set our pathways for evolving ideas together.

  • This module will examine how performance art, drag, theatre, street performance and cabaret has played a central role in the development of trans, lesbian, bisexual and gay lives in various global cultures. And in turn, how major historical moments for LGTBQI+ communities and queer critical theory has influenced the development of performance strategies.
  • We will use interdisciplinary perspectives to draw connections between artists, historical events, queer social life and theory. Students will be encouraged to question dominant narratives and methodologies of theatre and performance, and think about who has been absent or forgotten in established archives, histories and stages.

Module 2 : Creatures of the Night

Residential: This module will also be introduced in the 14-day London-based September intensive through practical workshops, shared trips and seminar discussions.

  • Subsequently, you will be encouraged to research, watch and share queer cabaret, drag, durational, one-to-one, music-based, digital, dance and other experimental nightlife performance in your own local contexts or through digital practice.
  • Via professional mentorship, classes and peer support you will develop performance works for a public festival held in the UK at the end of the module.

Module 3 : Queer Dramaturgies

Residential: This module includes one normally international residency between 7-10 days with leading queer performance practitioners.

Intensive practice-based research in making/devising critical and creative performance work in collaboration with each other.

  • Including options for creative writing, video, sound, design and digital performance.
  • Each group will be mentored by a leading queer performance practitioner.

Module 4 : Independent Research Project

Each student can choose to do a supervised dissertation project:

  • Written, performed or curatorial/produced project.
  • These will be performed or presented in London during our final residency.

Course modules are currently subject to validation and may be modified*

Rose Bruford College Lecturer Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

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Professor Stephen Farrier

Director of Research and Head of Postgraduate School

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Rose Bruford College Professor of Theatre and Performance Brian Lobel
Brian Lobel

Professor of Theatre & Performance, Programme Director for BA Theatre & Social Change

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Institution code: Not required for this course.

Course code: Not required for this course.

Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.

Funding and Financial Support

Course Summary


13 months

Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Start date

September 2023

Course Type

Postgraduate Course



Course Fees (2022 Entry)

Fees for 2023 entry have not been published yet.

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