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Overview

We believe this is a unique master's course, combining the academic study of performance with a practice-based approach to the art of acting.

It's ideal if you want to pursue a professional career in the theatre, to develop a deeper understanding of your craft and hone your performance skills.

Based at our new, state-of-the-art University Square Stratford building, you will work in close collaboration with students and academic staff on our equally excellent MA Theatre Directing course as you produce and perform a range of innovative work of professional quality while also being given expert tuition in the skills of acting.

Taught in the evenings and on Saturdays and available for both part-time and full-time study to fit around your needs, it's a course geared to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be a stage actor.

You will be guided by leading theatre practitioners, who will both teach and mentor you. After a final degree show in which you will have the chance to showcase your talents, you will leave our course ready to discover that all the world's your stage.

What makes this course different

Hands-on approach

Hands-on approach

Our course will give you the chance to develop an innovative and distinct performance practice to set you on the road to success in the world of acting and the performing arts.

Kick-start to your career

Kick-start to your career

We’ll give you the chance to work with a mentor, an experienced professional actor who will offer you support and advice and help you make the step into the professional creative world.

Flexible study

Flexible study

You can study in the evening to allow access for those of you who are working or have family commitments.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We will lead you through the key building blocks to make your performance shine, giving you a complete grounding in a range of different approaches to acting. 

So you will study naturalism, realism, contemporary devising, intercultural performance, production and practice as research.

You will look at the dynamically interrelated skills of acting, voice and movement and take a module in how to stage performances, during which you'll be mentored by members of a professional theatre company.

Our course is practice-based, so your final piece of theatre will be a performance piece involving both acting and directing students, while also producing a critical reflection on your own work.

This double module is capped by your final degree show, which will be devised and created by you. It could be purely a solo effort but, alternatively, you could collaborate with performers from other UEL courses in dance and music.

Either way, it's a big opportunity, offering you the chance to develop important future contacts while acting as the main shop window for your talents.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Actor and the Text

    This module focuses students on the development of the discrete yet dynamically interrelated skills of acting, voice and movement. The students will act in a piece of theatre in line with professional standards and rehearsal techniques.

     

    This module aims to enable students

    • To develop and play a character
    • To work collaboratively with a sense of Company Complicate
    • To interpret texts, ideas and emotions through voice and body
    • To create and sustain an improvised rehearsal or performance with discipline and spontaneity
    • To create and communicate character through the use of the voice and body
    • To sing harmonically
    • To read and interpret texts with vocal confidence
    • To use the body in a free, safe and flexible manner
    • To move with an awareness of space
    • To assimilate and recall simple dance patterns demonstrating musicality and rhythm
    • To maintain stamina in specific movement tasks
    • To understand the necessity for warm-up exercises
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    Devised Project

    This module is designed to introduce you to the practical and theoretical skills necessary in order to collaboratively devise a piece of theatre. By producing a cross-institution performance project, you will gain a practical understanding of key aspects of working as an ensemble while professionally interacting with an externally produced project / research brief. You will engage with current theory and contemporary performance practices emerging out of cultural sites and/or archival material and the ethical implications of producing performance in these domains.

     

    The project has a double focus:

    1) in devising as a means of making theatre and making meaning.

    2) in producing situated performance projects in collaboration with cultural institutions.

     

    The mains aims are:

    • To develop a range of skills required to devise theatre collaboratively
    • To develop an understanding of how devised performance and research are interdependent
    • To devise site responsive performance in collaboration with external partners.
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    Contemporary Performance Making

    This module will introduce students to the field of contemporary performance practices and methodologies. Throughout the term, students will explore a range theoretical and practical skills required to conceive, devise and produce a collaborative performance. Indicative topics of study include: interdisciplinary composition; participatory and immersive practices; site specific/responsive performance; and digital performance.

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    Research Methods in Creative Practice

    • To critically assess the application of social, historical, cultural and textual

    research methods to creative cultural products.

    • To facilitate the development of the practical skills necessary for the

    implementation of a research style for creative cultural projects and related

    written material.

    • To integrate theory with production
    • To further develop individual production skills
    • To develop research, planning and organisational skills
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    Performance Platform

    The aims of the module are to:

    Provide students with the opportunity to pursue self-initiated work, which demonstrates a critical understanding of the approaches, practices and knowledge acquired earlier in the course. Develop an advanced understanding of research methodology and project management for production-based work. Provide students with the opportunity to develop production work to a high creative and technical standard. Produce a written component that is based on critical reflection.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life - Performance Praxis

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an innovative practice as research performance methodology that can lead to the production work of a high creative and technical standard. They will pursue self-initiated work, which demonstrates a critical understanding of the approaches, practices and knowledge acquired earlier in the course and applied to their project and develop an advanced understanding of research methodology and project management for production-based work. This module is provided for students to develop an innovative practice as research performance methodology and pursue self-initiated research based on an area of their choice leading to an outward facing production. The students will demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives pertinent to performance practice, to contain a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning and show evidence of original research.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

One of the great strengths of our course is that you'll be taught by artists steeped in the theatrical arts and professional practice, headed by Course Leader Dr Dominic Hingorani.

Dominic is a professional playwright, academic author, producer and director and Co-Artistic Director of Brolly, a cross-arts company supported by Arts Council England. He has recently written and produced a national tour of a new play for teenagers, Guantanamo Boy, and a new opera called Clocks 1888 the greener.  

Dominic originally trained as an actor and worked on stage in the USA with Sir Ian McKellen and performed on TV and film.

Another teacher is Dr Jorge Lopes Ramos, the multi-award-winning joint artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Zecora Ura - an independent and innovative theatre group based in both Rio de Janeiro and east London.

As well as their support, we'll give you the opportunity of being able to work alongside an experienced professional actor who, if you want, will act as your mentor.

Through our unique partnerships, you'll have opportunities to engage with a variety of professional companies. Our current partners include Theatre Royal Stratford East, London International Festival of Theatre, Hoxton Hall, Columbia College in Chicago, Stratford Circus and Theatre Venture.

You're also benefit from a programme of guest speakers. Recently, our students heard from British movie star Terence Stamp and the artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael.

"This course was created especially for those wishing to pursue a professional career in the theatre and develop the skills to be an independent creative artist," says Dr Hingorani.

"Our teaching ethos is tailored to the individual student to develop their own unique creative voice, underpinned by academic rigour and an understanding of professional art practice, delivered in industry-standard studio facilities."

"I can't think of a more exciting place to start your career, build your networks and access world-class professional theatre than in London."

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

For each module, we'll assess you on your coursework components. These components typically consist of a performance and a critical reflection on that performance.

You take one or two modules per term and there is a dissertation project to be taken over the final term. The MA Acting is practice-based, so the final dissertation module consists of a performance piece involving both acting and directing students and a critical reflection on that work.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a six-yearly national review of higher education research, underlined the quality and impact of our work.

An impressive 50 per cent of the research we're undertaking in the field of Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was judged to be either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.

Our Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) has become an international centre for research in the performing arts and supports research that is concerned with political, philosophical, cultural, ethical, socially-engaged and community applied issues.

All of our academics are teachers, practitioners and researchers. Professor Dominic Hingorani, Course Leader for the MA Acting and Theatre Directing degrees, is also an accomplished writer, director and producer who runs his own theatre company Brolly Productions who make cross arts work to engage new BAME artists and audiences for the Arts and heritage.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

The work you will be doing with theatre professionals and the constructive help and advice you will receive from professional actors throughout your course is all geared towards helping you establish yourself in the industry.

Your final degree show will act as your showcase to attract agents and develop your professional networks. 

By having your own mentor in the last six months of your course, you will not only gain important insight and advice about the technical aspects of acting but you will receive invaluable help in developing important contacts.

We believe our course helps nurture independent-minded, creative individuals - actors such as the RADA-trained Takunda Kramer, who shone while at the University of East London and has gone on to star with various professional companies as far afield as New York, Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi. 

Like many of our other students who go on to further postgraduate research and study, Takunda has now returned to UEL to undertake a PhD based on protest theatre in his native Zimbabwe.

Another graduate, Neil Walker, now co-manages a theatre company and is currently taking the lead role and touring in a play which he wrote himself: Do We Do The Right Thing?

"Seeing the work I started to create at UEL performed before audiences is deeply rewarding - a real buzz!" says Neil. It's a feeling many of our students will relate to. 

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