MA Ensemble Theatre
The MA Ensemble is focussed on the creation of a postgraduate ensemble company. The programme is designed for working professionals within the industry and for students from a creative, performance, directing, music, dance or theatre studies background who wish to engage in and develop advanced skills as theatre practitioners.
Devised work forms the foundation of the course which focuses on storytelling through performance, visual image, physical theatre, writing, sound and music and the collaboration between forms as well as between individuals. The programme is aimed at those who want to participate in the reinvention of form explored through the development of the ensemble and making of theatre that is innovative, imaginative and dynamic.
Over the thirteen month period, you and your fellow peers will work as an ensemble; expanding your practical and theoretical skills not only as a group, but also as an individual. The ensemble has the opportunity to devise and perform at least four times throughout the year at both venues in the College and other sites in London. One of these performances offers the ensemble the chance to tour their work overseas and showcase what they are capable of creating. This year’s ensemble travelled to East Germany, performing an incredibly well-received Cabaret which included extracts from William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and Noël Coward.
Whatever your specialist field, this course aims to develop your existing skills and encourages you to engage in new abilities, in order to fuel your career as a professional collaborator within the professional industry.
This course also gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience within the industry outside the College during the placement module. For example, current students have used this module to practice as assistant directors for new writing projects and others have gained professional credit for acting in proficient theatre companies.
"This course has given me a fantastic opportunity to explore a diverse range of theatrical techniques within a collaborative environment. This course has opened my eyes to the benefits of working together as a cohesive unit over a longer period of time than is normally allowed by 'traditional' theatre. Everyone having an equal input into the creative process is an interesting and rewarding experience for anyone who would like to approach their disciplines with an open-mind, and in an incredibly supportive atmosphere. Having access to Rose Bruford's senior academic staff in an almost consultative capacity allows us all to develop as professionals whilst retaining the core benefit of self-generated work."
Nick Stafford (MA Ensemble Theatre)
A good honours degree (usually a 2.1) and/or equivalent professional experience in a related field. You will be required to attend an interview or audition.
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