MA Collaborative Theatre
Imagine a year long R&D process that delivers you to the industry as a fully-formed theatre company with a complete production that's ready to play. This is where all your learning and experience has led you. This postgraduate course, accredited by Falmouth University, unlocks the global history of theatre and gives you the tools and processes necessary to produce compelling and change-making shows.
Develop the capacity to initiate, create and produce ground-breaking and innovative new works from conception to delivery.
Become an industry-ready, interdisciplinary collaborator who is knowledgeable, trailblazing and entrepreneurial.
Form a new theatre company, fortified by the mentorship of the course and introduced to international collaborations for sustainable and robust onward opportunities.
Collaborative Artists of the Future
The course is designed by professional directors, producers, practitioners and scholars with a wealth of industry experience and a passion for original work. The course continues to be driven, taught and shaped by their first-hand, diverse contact with the current professional landscape and their up-to-date understanding of the most relevant disciplines necessary for a sustainable professional career as the industry becomes increasingly cross-media, multi-disciplinary and international.
You'll develop skills to contextualise, re-frame and challenge your artistic practice in theatre and related fields, further expanding you portfolio of work. You’ll take part in practical workshops and seminars exploring technique and text to enhance professional practice. Within a small ensemble training environment, you’ll receive holistic training in the processes and practices necessary to establish thriving theatre companies. This includes creating professional pitches, funding applications and marketing plans as well as tour management.
Presented as a supported and intensive year-long Research and Development process, the MA Collaborative Theatre course is a launchpad for the next generation of artists, makers and creatives. The culmination of training on the course is a full collaborative production and tour of devised, original work in professional performance settings throughout the UK, becoming a fully functioning company in the process.
We take a maximum of 12 students to ensure a focused and personal approach to training. Contact with faculty, visiting practitioners and professional theatre companies is enlightening and rewarding with the potential to establish lasting professional relationships.
Practitioners and creatives who have previously worked with our MA Collaborative Theatre students include:
Olivier Award Winning Choreographer & Movement Director, Steven Hoggett
Song of The Goat’s Alicja Bral
IROKO Theatre Company founder, Alex Oma-Pius
Japanese Noh Theatre practitioner, Sachi Kimura Lawson
Peter Brook Ensemble collaborator, Sean O’Callaghan
Alice Kornitzer from The Berliner Ensemble
The course runs from September to August and you’re expected to work independently, in the studios of The Monkey House, whilst exploring the processes and methodologies introduced to you.
Over the year, you’ll gather the professional skills required to take your work into the industry and uncover your own artistic practice within the wider historical, socio-political and international context. Seminars and workshops range from artistic development to production design and contemporary acting techniques, helping you develop a sustainable and responsible arts practice that promotes longevity.
A primary focus of our MA Collaborative Theatre degree is your onward development and progression. We’re proud to celebrate the progression of our alumni artists and collaborators premiering their work, developed at Fourth Monkey, on the professional stage. Through our network of collaborators, our artists have been invited to share their work regionally and internationally whilst others have gone on to deliver their work at theatre festivals such as The Vaults.
We recruit a maximum of 12 students to this course.