Master of Theatre (Directing)

    • CRICOS Code: 085432F

    What will I study?


    The course offers a balance of theory and practice across the four semesters, organised to allow for a progression from the intensively-taught, skills-based, first year to a more independent, project-orientated second year which culminates in an independent, practice-led research performance project or written dissertation.

    Subjects studied

    Performing arts research methodologies

    Learn about the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. And develop research methodologies appropriate to their practice.

    Directing methodologies

    Through skills classes and seminars the subject explores the role of the director as part of a creative team, defining the skills, qualities and processes that are essential to the practising professional director. Areas of skill development include poetic research, creative exploration from text, journaling, text selection and analysis.

    Dramaturgy, text and performance

    Focus on high level close reading and analysis of existing plays and scenarios drawn from a range of texts, including: Greek, Shakespearean, and nineteenth century through to realist and anti-realist movements and contemporary developments.

    Cross disciplinary laboratory

    This subject focuses upon the potential for interplay and dynamic dialogue between various disciplines and the building blocks of performance creation. Practical/ studio based classes provide interaction with other discipline streams to develop communication and collaborative skills.

    Dramaturgy and live performance

    The subject aims to use the practical and theoretical exploration of the concept of performance dramaturgy to develop students’ potential to make theatre and become reflective theatre practitioners, aware of the relationship between theatre and society. This subject introduces students to the concept of dramaturgy as a critical tool in devising live performance.

    Performance and community engagement

    Examine the social, cultural, artistic, philosophical and ethical content and context of the interface of performance with Community and Cultural Development (CCD) practice in Australia and internationally. Study will be conducted through lectures, readings, group discussions, workshops and visiting talks from leading practitioners.

    Applied practise: community facilitation

    Explore the practical skills involved in designing and implementing performance workshops in a Community Cultural Development (CCD) context. Produce a detailed journal, reflexive essay and lead a 20-minute creative arts workshop.

    Creating a project visions

    In a two-week intensive format this subject focuses closely on the development of a project idea that builds and demonstrates the creative vision that will underpin the student’s work for their final year and beyond. Gain theoretical and practical concepts of project realisation, implementation methodologies, strategic planning, networking, budgeting, documentation, evaluation, report making, and pitching.

    Industry internships and placements

    The subject will offer national and international interships for the three main streams of the Masters in Directing for Performance: theatre practice, community engagement and research/ practice-led research.

    Independent directing project

    The Independent Project is a major practice and research subject, drawing on and applying the knowledge and skills of directing gained throughout the course. The performance outcome can take place on campus with undergraduate actors, for a season of graduate work at La Mama, for a company that engages you to direct for them, or for an independent production.

    Sample course plan

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