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PhD Study

Research at East 15

We celebrate and interrogate contemporary theatre practice and its cultural, political and social relevance.

Our research takes many forms including practice-as-research and text-based enquiry, and champions a spirit of radical curiosity and experimentation.

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About

East 15 research address different methods of making theatre, including performer-training and strategies for creative collaboration, as well as examining the institutional and industrial mechanisms within which theatre operates.

Informed by theoretical and historical perspectives, our aim is to illuminate the key processes by which innovative theatre is formed, performed, produced, valued and increasingly engaged in contemporary society. This aim extends East 15’s long-recognised excellence in, and emphasis on, industry and practice into the domain of research. 

Fields of Study

Our PhD in Drama and Performance course is a conventional PhD in which candidates are assessed via thesis and viva voce examination.

Staff research specialisms include world performance, actor-training and audience reception. Our staff are undertaking research in areas such as movement and somatics in actor training, voice, immersive and participatory performance, intermedial performance, performance art, twentieth century avant-garde practice, intercultural training and practice, Balinese theatre, Brazilian theatre, Shakespeare and theatre directing.

Learn more about our PhD Drama and Performance course.

Our PhD courses

PhD Drama and Performance

Our PhD in Drama and Performance course is a conventional PhD in which candidates are assessed via thesis and viva voce examination.

Staff research specialisms include world performance, actor-training and audience reception. Our staff are undertaking research in areas such as movement and somatics in actor training, voice, immersive and participatory performance, intermedial performance, performance art, twentieth century avant-garde practice, intercultural training and practice, Balinese theatre, Brazilian theatre, Shakespeare and theatre directing.

Learn more about our PhD Drama and Performance course.

PhD Drama and Performance (Practice as Research)

Our PhD Drama and Performance (Practice-as-Research) course sees candidates assessed via practice-as-research, a thesis that contextualises and analyses the performance practice in relation to the research topic, and a viva voce examination.

For guidance, areas of expected practice include: theatre directing, dramaturgy, actor training, design (scenery, sound, lighting, costume), and performance art.

Learn more about our PhD Drama and Performance (Practice-as-Research) course.

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Applying for a PhD Course at East 15 Acting School is simple and straightforward. We’ll give you all the important information you need to make your application. Our online application takes about 20 minutes to complete via the University of Essex portal.

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