MA Theatre for Young Audiences

A practical study of theatre-making and performance for children and young people

Whether you are a recent graduate with an interest in drama, performance and theatre-making; or someone working in theatre or education who wishes to develop their existing knowledge and practice: the flexible pathways within this postgraduate course provide you with a variety of opportunities to further your career ambitions, and develop your skills.

As one of the UK's leading drama schools, Rose Bruford College offers a unique opportunity to study and training this increasingly popular and dynamic area of theatre practice. Led by a team of specialist practitioners and academics you will be working with some of the leading figures in the sector. Students on the programme have had the opportunity to visit international festivals (including ASSITEJ Congress Copenhagen, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, and Takeoff), work with leading companies and theatres (including Catherine Wheels, NIE, Oily Cart, Tall Stories, Unicorn Theatre, Action Transport Theatre, Polka Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, and Travelling Light), and with world-class practitioners (including Tony Graham, Mark Storor, Alex Byrne,and David Wood).

Working alongside our TYA creative partners, you will explore, through practice-based research, a range of theatrical techniques and theories that will enrich your ability to create theatre for audiences of all ages. Through investigating the international context and background of theatre for young audiences, you will develop the tools you need to reflect upon and further your personal artistic and academic practice.

The course includes work placements with leading organisations.Recent placements have included:

  • Imagination Stage, Washington DC
  • Trusty Sidekicks, New York
  • Olive Branch Theatre's Western Sahara Refugee Project
  • Unicorn Theatre, London
  • Polka Theatre, London
  • Half Moon Theatre, London
  • Birmingham Rep
  • Theatre Centre, London

"MA-TYA has given me the opportunity to work with a huge range of professional theatre for young audiences practitioners. The course maintains a perfect balance between tutor-led practical and seminar work and self-led study. I feel I have been given the liberty to explore my own practice and experiment with multiple disciplines ranging from performance to writing and dramaturgy, but with an academic focus that has made me more critical, articulate and analytical."

Laurence Alliston- Greiner (MA TYA)

“If you have a passion for working with young people, then this is the course for you. Since October, we have experienced a range of new skills, such as playwriting, scenography and organising school tours, and worked alongside some fantastic companies and freelance practitioners. The support I have personally received from my fellow course mates and lecturers has been brilliant, particularly as a mature student. I have been able to structure my studies and interests around my freelance practice, whilst gain a unique MA qualification.”

Nicola Dereham (Theatre for Young Audiences 2012)

The programme is supported by our specialist TYA Research Centre

Entry Requirements

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.

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