This new programme is delivered in a hybrid way, with full or part time options, via distance learning and in-person, offering the opportunity for students to continue their work as artists outside of their learning.

Queer Performance MA at Rose Bruford College

Course Director, academic, artist and producer, Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson comments,

“Queer performance is where I consistently see the most exciting ideas for what theatre and art should be, but also for what the world should be and what the future should look like.


This distinctive new course is a space to hold radical imaginings for where contemporary performance practice might be going next — as well as celebrating the diverse histories of queer makers and thinkers.


From drag to performance art, playwriting to XR, we are launching an MA that is as inventive and multidisciplinary as the fabulous community which it celebrates.


Queer performance is already everywhere — on stages, screens, streets, dance floors, galleries, fields and festivals — and now it finally has its own dedicated space in the academy at Rose Bruford College.”

Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, course director for Queer Performance MA at Rose Bruford College

Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Rose Bruford Acting alumnus and BAFTA nominated actor David Carlyle (It’s A Sin) said,

“Anything that strengthens the voice of the LGBTQI+ community is fantastic and vital. I am so grateful to have trained as an actor at Rose Bruford and am proud to be an alumni of a College that is fierce in its championing of queer voices.”

David Carlyle actor and alumnus of Rose Bruford College

David Carlyle, actor and alumnus of Rose Bruford College

Honorary Fellow of the College and award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker Travis Alabanza (Sound of the Underground, Royal Court) added,

“What’s so exciting about this MA in Queer Performance is that it’s offering the chance for our work to be archived, studied and dissected – to build rigour around a practice that has been influencing others for so long.


Queer performance is a space where the most risks are taken and the most adventurous work is made, and I’m so excited at the prospect of a course that gives other people a chance to find the beauty that I’ve found in it.


And I love the team at Rose Bruford College who are doing this — so who better!”

Travis Alabanza, Honorary Fellow, Rose Bruford College

Travis Alabanza, Honorary Fellow, Rose Bruford College

The Queer Performance course offers broad training in a range of queer performance practices, delivered by queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers, including Professor Stephen Farrier, acclaimed scholar of drag and popular queer performance and Head of Postgraduate School & Director of Research at Rose Bruford College, and Professor Brian Lobel, internationally renowned queer theatre maker.

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

Applications are now open to study on the Queer Performance MA course from autumn 2023. The College is also running online events on Friday 24 February and Thursday 30 March, open to anyone who’d like to find out more about the course.