This taught Masters offers a dynamic fusion of theory and practice to nurture the development of future practitioners, researchers, innovators, and leaders of theatre and performance. Its rigorous taught programme is designed to strengthen students’ analytic, critical, and practical approaches, with teaching occurring across lecture, small-group seminars/tutorials, and studio-based formats, as well as through one-on-one supervision of placements and independent projects.
Situated in the heart of Dublin's lively theatre scene (but stretching far beyond it), the course features numerous outbound opportunities to connect with contemporary international theatre practitioners (at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, and the Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts), to engage directly with working members of the Irish theatre community (via the Abbey Theatre, numerous alumni-run companies, and the Arts Council), and to develop deeper connections tailored to students' specific interests within the field.
Students will be taught by staff with international reputations in scholarship and performance, who have produced ground-breaking books and editions, award-winning productions, and innovations in teaching theatre. Staff specialisms include early modern theatre and Shakespeare, interculturalism, Irish theatre, gender and performance, Samuel Beckett, practice-as-research, and dramaturgy.
The degree programme culminates in an independent research project, comprising either a 15,000-word dissertation or a practice-as-research mixed-media submission with academic, reflective, and practical components. The MPhil in Theatre and Performance is perfect for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of drama, equipping its graduates with the tools to enrich, re-imagine, and re-shape the field of Theatre and Performance Studies.
Graduates of this programme go on to a variety of careers in theatre or the arts more widely. Many work as practitioners in the creative industries (playwrights, producers, performers, facilitators); others go onto further study at PhD level and begin careers in academia. Graduates are also eminently suited to fields such as publishing, broadcasting, or education.
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Study Theatre and Performance (M.Phil.) at Trinity
Learn more about the M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance - a dynamic fusion of drama theory and practice education taught in the heart of Ireland's capital city.
Number of Places12 places full time (min. 6) / 5 places part time (min. 3) Places
Dr Miranda Fay Thomas
Dr Nicholas Johnson
31st July 2023
Candidates should have a good Honours 1st class or 2.1 B.A. degree (minimum "B", average 3.0 or above for North American students) or equivalent qualification with a minimum
IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band below 6. Applicants will be asked to submit writing samples and to interview before admission.
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