MA/MFA in Theatre Directing
MA/MFA Theatre Directing
“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
About MA/MFA Theatre Directing
This is a unique course designed specifically for students who already are or wish to become professional theatre directors. It is one of the most established directing courses in the U.K, with a mixture of workshops, projects and dialogues with visiting 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.
Tony Award-nominee Harriet Walter CBE, leading a student group
The MA runs for one year on a full-time basis and the MFA for 24 months.
Students either take four modules during two consecutive semesters, followed by a three-month period of independent study at the end of which they present their 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.
Students will have the opportunity to choose a selection of 4 to 6 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.
The MA/MFA in Theatre Directing at East 15;
Is uniquely International
Taught by leading industry professionals
Modular in structure, giving students choice over which modules to take and when to take them
A safe and encouraging environment to develop as a theatre artist
Allows for regular collaboration with students from other courses at one of the UK's leading conservatoire
MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to applicants with a background in theatre directing or related fields and is specifically tailored to students seeking professional development in this area. It allows both intensive full-time study and part-time study with periods away for professional work.
Guest Speaker Paulette Randall
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.
Workshop with Max Stafford-Clark
After East 15
Graduating students will direct professionally, function as artistic directors or teach directing in universities and conservatoires across the world.