Students are taught by our experienced creative practitioners, some who have worked as theatre directors, movement directors, educational programme developers, freelance actors, designers, mask-makers and applied theatre specialists for organisations ranging from Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), The Globe, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Trestle, Spike Theatre, The Lion’s Part and The Fabularium. Our teaching staff have significant experience in major project events, such as Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 programme, international touring with the British Council, co-productions with the National Theatre and performances at the Sydney Opera House. Staff members are also founders and directors of organisations that have been within the Arts Council of England National Portfolio.
These experiences have harvested a range of accolades and awards for our teaching staff, from Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival to Arts Marketing and Business Awards or Annual Arts awards from the likes of Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Daily Post, and the Brighton Festival.
The teaching team has a vast array of international research expertise with exciting collaborations including examples, such as a site-specific project on the use of pico pocket projectors during field trips with Das Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, as well as long-form improvisation research with alumni of Chicago’s Second City and teachers from The Hothouse Los Angeles.
It also includes our ground breaking digital Shakespeare project, run in conjunction with students and staff at the University of Tampere, Finland, which won the 2016 Gold Award for Innovative International Learning at the Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia. This ongoing online international learning (OIL) initiative recently enabled students from both universities to perform an act of King Lear together – despite being 1,600 miles apart – thanks to a ‘stargate’ style interactive window, using a mix of stage and Skype technologies to create a virtual rehearsal room.
You will be introduced to the international research findings in the performing arts, allowing you to use this knowledge to improve and enhance your performance and performance making. This will take place within practical workshop settings, performance visits, lectures, seminars and field trips, which may include participation within research activity alongside tutors as project leads.
The course is predominantly practice-based with workshops and classes demonstrating a huge range of different styles and forms from character building methodologies, chorus and ensemble work, mime, object animation and puppetry, the development of musicianship and approaches to music theatre, intermediality (the integration of digital elements within the live performance space), applied techniques such as verbatim theatre, forum practices and process drama.
We offer opportunities to our students to apply to collaborate with our professional partners, both locally and globally. For example, students and recent graduates have performed at the RSC in collaboration with Kiln Theatre, at the Just So festival in Staffordshire with The Fabularium, at the Festival of Imagineers in Coventry with Imagineer Productions, and in Oxford with Mandala Theatre Co.