MA Theatre Directing

We work in partnership with St Mary’s University to offer a unique Masters programme in Directing, providing the theatre directors of the future with an exciting year-long training based at the Orange Tree Theatre. It is the only course of its kind in the country to be predominantly housed within a producing theatre.

The course is designed to explore the art and techniques of directing within the context of contemporary theatre making; students are encouraged to embed their practice in the working life of our multi award-winning theatre.

Why choose this Master’s programme?

  • Emphasis is placed on gaining experience in a professional environment, working with professional theatremakers rather than student peers. This makes the course unique. Every week you will work with actors to put your learning into practice.
  • You will be encouraged to develop your own style of directing, developing your own practice through the detailed study of other practitioners and assisting on an Orange Tree production.
  • Practical assessments, based around casting and rehearsals, mimic the experience of working professionally as far as possible.
  • The year culminates in you directing a one act play at the Orange Tree, with a fully paid company of cast and creatives. 

Fees for the course are £15,000 which covers all teaching and production costs.

If you are a UK resident and this is your first master’s degree, you can apply for £10,000 of government loan to cover your course fees, which you only pay back when earning over £21,000 per annum.* 

Other charitable funding is available and we are happy to offer advice to those wishing to apply.

It is possible to combine the course with working, and regular teaching is contained to 2 days a week to enable this.

Currently in its third year, a fourth intake of students will start in September 2019.

We offer just 4 places per year, offering a highly bespoke programme with ongoing support throughout.  

Click here to find out more about the various modules on offer, course requirements or to apply

*this information is correct as of September 2018.