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University of Hull: MA Theatre Making

Institution University of Hull
Department Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education
Telephone 01482 466850
Study type Taught


Theatre making at Hull has a strong reputation and a unique history.

The Drama department at Hull has been a centre of theatre making since the 1960s. It is the third oldest university drama department in the country with a global reputation and a unique history. Our graduates play key roles in the industry nationally and internationally. Our unique asset is the network of theatre companies and professional arts groups that emerged from the department and continue to work closely with us.

This newly redesigned MA in Theatre Making builds on this unique network and operates within it. It places a strong emphasis on internationalisation and Knowledge Exchange, and explores the modes of public engagement through the art. Thanks to the broad range of our staff expertise, this practical, community-focused programme is challenging, varied and at the forefront of research into theatre, place and space. The programme allows students to build on their artistic and academic portfolio and develop as practitioners working independently, in companies and with external partners in a range of performance styles and disciplines.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in making theatre in a range of settings, including schools, youth groups and care homes, and for a variety of audiences. You’ll also have opportunities to learn how to set up and run your own theatre company.

Our students love working in a close-knit, friendly drama community with excellent dedicated facilities and unrivalled access to theatre and rehearsal space. This includes the Gulbenkian Centre with its two performance spaces: the uniquely versatile Don Roy Theatre – hailed one of the most flexible theatre spaces in any European university – and the multimedia blackbox Minghella Studio. We have dedicated facilities and workspaces for our wide-ranging scenographic practice – from costume and props, through set design and construction, to lighting, sound and digital performance. These facilities are welcoming your talents and research interests, and will help you realise your theatre making inspirations. Take the virtual tour now and see for yourself.

Our specialist academic support staff are industry professionals with rich expertise in the practical aspects of making, from scenographic disciplines (light, sound, project, digital performance, costume, prop making) to stage management, dramaturgy and scriptwriting.

You’ll also benefit from industry and academic networks: the Prague Quadrennial, Hull Truck Theatre, East Riding Theatre, Absolutely Cultured, Back to Ours; nationally renowned companies such as the New Diorama Theatre in London, and graduate companies such as Middle Child, Silent Uproar, The Roaring Girls, Concrete Youth, Same Circle Productions; and with numerous academic partners and institutions.

Graduates from this MA course have a strong track record of success. Several theatre companies established themselves on the course, such as the award-winning The Roaring Girls or Concrete Youth Theatre Company. Other graduates have gone on to work as independent theatre makers, as performers, arts facilitators, producers, workshops convenors, Drama teachers or progressed to continuing study at a PhD level.


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