Collaborative Theatre Making MA at Rose Bruford College

What you'll study

This programme focuses on creating an ensemble, performer training, theatre making and performative writing.

Informed by critical reflection and practice research, the uniqueness of this programme lies in the opportunity to develop and present original work.

In a collaborative context, students move creatively between different roles to develop skills in performance and independent making practice.

We welcome students with a background in performance as well as theatre making, dance, writing, music, film and live art with an interest in developing their practice as collaborative and independent theatre artists.

Group rehearsal at London venue Collaborative Theatre Making MA at Rose Bruford College

Why choose this course?

Expert training

You will be taught, guided and mentored by experienced staff and world-leading theatre practitioners as you explore different processes and develop new skills

Explore different creative roles

You will deepen your practice as performers, devisers, writers, directors and dramaturges, ready to enter the industry as confident independent and collaborative theatre makers

Ensemble

Within a creative and supportive ensemble environment, you will be encouraged to take creative risks, make discoveries and expand your collaborative theatre making practice as you develop original work. You will learn how to embed core ensemble values and create an inspiring environment for collaborative play and discovery. By taking a physical approach to making theatre and working with text, you will experiment, with a focus on original approaches to making performance

Experimentation and innovation

As well as core workshops in performance, movement, voice and devising, you will learn from and collaborate with professional artists working with sound, light, scenography, film, new technologies and music. This creative exchange will equip you to develop fruitful collaborative dialogue with artists working across different disciplines

Create new work

You will focus on creating original work, with regular opportunities to collaborate with peers across the post-graduate school. You will build meaningful creative relationships and share work in progress. The course is highly responsive to the individuals within the cohort and to the work they want to develop

Sharing work

You will be encouraged to share work with audiences beyond Rose Bruford, for instance at scratch nights and new work festivals. In 2022, students shared new work with audiences at ‘Calm Down Dear’ Festival (Camden People’s Theatre) and had work accepted to the scratch night for Voila European Theatre Festival for Autumn ’22 (Cockpit Theatre)

Final project

You will share original work in a London theatre venue at the end of the year. In 2022 students shared an original, collaboratively created play at the Vaults Theatre, London

Collaborative Theatre Making MA at Rose Bruford College

Course breakdown

MA Module Breakdown

  • Module One: Performance Skills

This module is focused around the training of the individual within the ensemble and includes skills in movement, voice, devising, play, comedy and improvisation which are taught through a series of practical workshops, projects, performances, laboratory-based activities, projects, lectures and seminars.

The module takes a physical approach to making theatre and working with text.

This module aims to systemically develop, deepen and challenge your practice, knowledge and understanding of performance and making theatre, through exposure to inter-disciplinary and hybrid forms of performance training and creation.

  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum

This module provides the theoretical and academic underpinning for the developing practice explored across all modules.

The module offers a particular lens through which to enhance, deepen and inform your understanding of theatre as an historical, and contemporary cultural and social phenomenon.

In particular you will explore different modes of research and reflection through; practice as research, the study of subject-specific literature and performance, verbal discourse and developmental and critical modes of writing.

Active research is a fundamental principle engendering the evolution of one’s own practice and professional aesthetic. London offers not only a wealth of international theatre work, but also opportunities to work with and participate in workshops, events, performances, seminars and symposiums in related fields.

  • Module Three: Director, Writer, Performer as Theatre Maker

The first half of this module will focus on performance-making through three different lenses; that of the director, the writer and the performer.

Collaborative work in the second half of the module begins with a process of devising a performance focussing on telling stories through performance, visual image, physical theatre, writing, sound and music. The module culminates in a production devised by the ensemble working with a range of skills and theatre disciplines and so there is collaboration across forms as well as between individuals.

  • Module Four: Final Independent Project

The final module facilitates the creation of your original creative work. This may be a performance; a conceptual paper; a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that you have developed and will pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of your own practice, or a model and vision for your future organisation.

MFA Module Breakdown

Year 1

  • Module One: Performance Skills

This module is focused around the training of the individual within the ensemble and includes skills in movement, voice, devising, play, comedy and improvisation which are taught through a series of practical workshops, projects, performances, laboratory-based activities, projects, lectures and seminars.

The module takes a physical approach to making theatre and working with text.

This module aims to systemically develop, deepen and challenge your practice, knowledge and understanding of performance and making theatre, through exposure to inter-disciplinary and hybrid forms of performance training and creation.

  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum

This module provides the theoretical and academic underpinning for the developing practice explored across all modules.

The module offers a particular lens through which to enhance, deepen and inform your understanding of theatre as an historical, and contemporary cultural and social phenomenon.

In particular you will explore different modes of research and reflection through; practice as research, the study of subject-specific literature and performance, verbal discourse and developmental and critical modes of writing.

Active research is a fundamental principle engendering the evolution of one’s own practice and professional aesthetic. London offers not only a wealth of international theatre work, but also opportunities to work with and participate in workshops, events, performances, seminars and symposiums in related fields.

  • Module Three: Director, Writer, Performer as Theatre Maker

The first half of this module will focus on performance-making through three different lenses; that of the director, the writer and the performer.

Collaborative work in the second half of the module begins with a process of devising a performance focussing on telling stories through performance, visual image, physical theatre, writing, sound and music. The module culminates in a production devised by the ensemble working with a range of skills and theatre disciplines and so there is collaboration across forms as well as between individuals.

Year 2

  • Module Four: The Widening Field

This module focuses on processes of research and development aimed at realising individualised specialist practice with the view that it ultimately achieves professional validity and viability. The module is deliberately open and flexible as each student’s journey will develop its own pathway.

The module is based around self-directed study, research into the industry and work-based learning through talks/presentations/ seminars throughout the year prior to the attachment. Students are supported in seeking appropriate work-based learning opportunities either with the College’s creative partners, their own contacts, new initiatives with appropriate organisations or ensemble companies or working within appropriate internal placement opportunities.

There will be four taught weekends that offer the opportunity to test and trial the state of your practice with tutor/mentor/peer feedback and input.  These weekends will be focused to support the progressive development of each student’s emerging project.

  • Module Five: Final Independent Project

The final module facilitates the creation of your original creative work. This may be a performance, a conceptual paper, a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that you have developed, and pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of your own practice or a model and vision for your future organisation.

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Ivan V Talijančić

Programme Director, MA/MFA Collaborative Theatre Making & MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance

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How to join

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 undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of professional experience.

The application deadline for Postgraduate courses is 29 February 2024.

Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK. You can also visit our international students page.

Application Guidance

Application and self-tape

When you submit your online application you will be asked to submit an application form with digital self-tapes, no more than two minutes each, performed in English:

  • A monologue from a contemporary play.
  • A video of oneself briefly expanding on one’s background and articulating one’s interest in attending this particular program (no more than 3 minutes).
  • An example of work that is most closely aligned with one’s creative practice.

If you consider yourself primarily a performer: a reel, or a video excerpt of a recording from a fully staged production in which you are prominently featured – no readings or home tapes please (no more than 3 minutes).

If you consider yourself primarily a director: video excerpt of a recording from a fully staged production you have directed (no more than 3 minutes), directing portfolio or website.

If you consider yourself primarily a writer: an excerpt from a script you wrote (10-15 pages).

If you consider yourself to be a multidisciplinary practitioner: it is best to submit material you consider most accurately representative of your current artistic practice.

We charge an audition fee of £35. There will be no subsequent fee should you be called back for any further rounds.

Workshop and interview

If successful, you will be invited to the second round which will be an in-person workshop based on our Sidcup campus.

Workshops and Interviews, the process has two stages:

Stage 1: Workshop

A three-hour workshop consisting of practical work and discussion that takes place at Rose Bruford College’s Sidcup campus. No preliminary preparation is required; information on what to expect will be sent to you with the invitation to participate.

Stage 2: Interview

The interview is an opportunity for you to meet the Programme Director and outline your motivation to participate in the course specifically and how you envision it will inform your personal and professional development. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions about the course student life at Rose Bruford.

Postgraduate course discount for Rose Bruford alumni

We offer a 5% discount on fees for our postgraduate courses for alumni who’ve completed an undergraduate course at Rose Bruford. Get in touch with our Admissions team on [email protected] if you’re a graduate or current undergraduate student to find out more.

Funding and Support

Course Summary

Duration

MA 13 months MFA 24 Months

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

October 2024

Course Type

Postgraduate Course

Course Fees (2024 Entry)

MA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (180 credits)

£18100

MA International Students (180 credits)

£24150

MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)

£28350

MFA International Students (240 credits)

£30200

Funding and Support