deepen your knowledge
You’ll develop the techniques and knowledge to equip you for professional practice. Thinking critically about performance will deepen your understanding of your craft.
learn from Professionals
You will work with professional practitioners on UEL’s academic team and through master classes delivered by visiting professionals.
You can study for our MA degrees even if you’re in full-time employment or looking after a family. Both courses run full time or part time and teaching takes place in the evening to accommodate those with other time commitments.
We teach both courses at our superb, new performing arts building in Stratford, which is equipped with industry-standard studios and performance spaces.
You will be joining a diverse group of students in an exciting creative hub. Our east London location will put you in the heart of one of the most exciting and vibrant cultural areas in the country – a magnet for arts organisations and with easy access to London’s world famous theatre scene.
Tom Drayton , MA Theatre Directing
Since the MA I have gone on to develop pieces initially developed within it, direct new writing within London, create new productions with my theatre company and extend my practice into the beginnings of further study. UEL’s MA helped give me the space and support to research and discover more about the work I want to create.
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. Dr Sheila Preston, our Head of Performing Arts, co-published with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader, which is the key text book on undergraduate and postgraduate courses nationally and internationally.
He has long-standing research interests in theatre for young audiences and British Asian theatre, focusing on issues of marginalisation and exclusion from the narrative of the nation. He’s the author of British Asian Theatre: Dramaturgy, Process and Performance.
Lecturer Jorge Lopes Ramos is joint artistic director of internationally acclaimed Zecora Ura, an independent theatre company based in east London and Rio de Janeiro since 2001.
Jorge creates playful theatrical structures that allow for a participatory, immersive and interactive experience. He focuses his professional practice and research on the unspoken contract between the audience and the actor, which is underpinned by his work on the dramaturgy of participation.