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University of Birmingham: Performance Practices

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Study type Taught


Are you committed to ideas of community, inclusivity, sustainability and wellbeing in theatre practice? Are you interested in creating, thinking and writing about theatre that matters and that is socially engaged?

Our MA in Performance Practices allows you to develop as a practitioner, researcher and creative leader through exploring the ways in which theatre and performance can foster understanding, collaboration and wellbeing through various forms of engagement, intervention and participation. You will be involved in making creative work that addresses social and political concerns, developing your own practice and leadership skills through practice research, reflection and scholarship.

You might be a theatre practitioner or scholar, wanting to further develop your knowledge and understanding of performance as a tool for change. You might want a space to reflect on your skills and potential as a creative leader, or want to work creatively in a community of like-minded individuals with whom you can collaborate and share your ideas.

The course is located on our dedicated Selly Oak campus, where you will have access to our range of studio spaces, the George Cadbury Hall, which is our fully supported performance venue, an editing suite, production spaces and staff, as well as seminar rooms, a library facility and access to our internationally renowned academic teaching staff. Some of our staff are also professional practitioners whom you will work alongside to enhance your understanding of performance and of the industry more broadly.

Why you should study this course?

  • Focus – the course offers the chance to develop as both a performance practitioner and scholar, with inclusion, diversity, wellbeing and resilience at the core of the work.

  • Leadership - through reflection on your position and potential, alongside attention to the ethics and politics of performance practices, you will be equipped to develop and sustain a career as a creative leader.

  • Reputation – as one of the leading Drama departments in the UK, you will work within a community of internationally renowned scholars and practitioners.

  • Facilities – situated on the dedicated Selly Oak campus, you will have access to our full range of studio and performance spaces, production resources, and teaching and learning spaces, whilst still being within easy reach of all the opportunities available on the Edgbaston site.

  • Further study and careers – with options to undertake practice research as your independent final project or produce a written dissertation, you will be able to plan your future and work towards your aspirations as either a scholar or a practitioner.


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Our high-quality teaching and supervision will help you take your skills and career to the next level.

Here, you’ll feel engaged, motivated and challenged, as part of our inclusive community that has a strong research culture.  At Birmingham, we’ll support your health, wellbeing and personal development. While our professional and academic careers services will help you take the next step. This is your time. This is your place.

With more than 600 taught programmes and a range of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham is one of the most popular UK universities for postgraduate study.

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