This is a unique course designed specifically for those who already are or wish to become professional theatre directors.
MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to students from around the world and students can also study individual modules, lasting approximately six weeks each. East 15 runs some modules overseas, most recently in Moscow, Thailand and Bali, involving specialist practical study in another cultural environment. Teaching is by a wide range of leading experienced directors and professional practitioners from the UK and overseas.
The MA runs for one year on a full-time basis and the MFA for 24 months. You either take four modules during two consecutive semesters, followed by a three-month period of independent study at the end of which you present your dissertation or Director’s Workbook (MA) or take two modules a term during four consecutive semesters (MFA) followed by a written dissertation or practical project.
You have the opportunity to choose a selection of four to six modules, offered each academic year, from subjects including Shakespeare, Contemporary British Drama, Comedy, Musical Theatre and Opera, Commedia dell’Arte, Physical Theatre, Brecht, Techniques of Adaptation, Improvisation and Devising Techniques, Collaboration with Designers, International Workshop Exchange, Attachment (Assistant Director), The Artistic Director and Directing for Camera.
Overseas modules in Bali and Thailand include: World Theatre and Theatre of the East. In Moscow, at the GITIS Institute, modules include: Stanislavskian Acting Methodology, Meyerhold and Biomechanics.
MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to applicants with a background in theatre directing or related fields and is specifically tailored to those seeking professional development in this area. It allows both intensive full-time study and part-time study (for UK and EU students due to visa restrictions) with periods away for professional work.
The second year
MFA students take a second year in which they undertake a further selection of four modules and produce a written dissertation or practical directing project at one of East 15’s theatre spaces or a London theatre.
After East 15
Former students now direct professionally, function as artistic directors or teach directing in universities and conservatoires across the world.
“The director training at East 15 is open to the needs of its students and yet eager to maintain rigour. Without dictating a particular path of inquiry, it encourages the students to enquire and to do so as deep and as wide as they are able. It encourages questioning, and original, personal thinking, both of which are essential to being a good director.” Dominic Dromgoole
“I did love working with East 15 directors and for the vision you are promoting – it was thoroughly enriching and enlivening.” Melly Still
“It is an unmitigated joy to work with Matthew Lloyd, and I strongly recommend any young director to train with him, if they have the chance” – Juliet Stevenson CBE
“The wonderful thing about East 15 is that you are working so closely with actors. Directors working with the actors is quite marvellous.” Sir Ben Kingsley CBE