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 practices, 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.

Course modules are subject to updates and may be modified*

Queer Performance MA at Rose Bruford College

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 15 months. As a cohort, you will have four intensive in-person residencies together, three in the UK and 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 15 months) or part time (over 28 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.

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Rose Bruford College Lecturer Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
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Professor Stephen Farrier

Director of Research and Academic Innovation

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

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Travis Alabanza

Associate Artist, Queer Performance MA

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Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi

Associate Artist, Queer Performance MA

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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.

Application Guidance

To apply, please submit an online application . You will be asked to submit:

  • A detailed personal statement (500 word or a two-minute video recording). This should include why you want to study Queer Performance, what you would bring to the course and what your current interests and passions are.
  • Documentation/links to two previous works (these can be a video of a performance, a script you have written, a video work, a performance text or score, an exhibition/festival you have curated, creative writing, academic writing/essay, digital work, critical writing/reviews, an audio work, written reflection on live work).

There is no minimum or maximum length for these works, but we will usually watch no more than 10 minutes of a video or read more than 1000 words so if you are sending longer pieces you might want to send an extract, or indicate which section we should watch/read/listen to.


Each applicant will be invited for an online interview (approximately 30-45 minutes). Questions will be sent in advance, and there will be an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about the course as well.

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 Financial Support

Course Summary


15 months

Mode of study

Full time / Part time

Start date

September 2024

Course Type

Postgraduate Course

Course Fees (2023 Entry)

Course fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet

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