Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy)

    • CRICOS Code: 085431G

    What will I study?


    Please note: For Start Year 2020, this course is 1.5 years full time.

    The course provides a balance of theory and practice across three semesters through laboratory-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes and an independent project.

    Subjects studied

    Performing arts research methodologies

    It introduces and examines the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. It addresses questions of what research methodologies are and, through weekly seminars and exercises, explores a range of these methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts.

    Dramaturgy, text and performance

    Take on a high level close reading and analysis of existing plays and scenarios drawn from Greek, Shakespearean, and nineteenth century through to contemporary developments such as the postdramatic. Drawing on international and Australian examples, the subject will focus on such aspects as dramatic structure, story, plot, dialogue, monologue, character, conflict, dramatic action, facts and imagination, language and subtext, space and time.

    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.

    Applied dramaturgy

    This subject connects students to industry professionals through a series of 10 master classes with leading dramaturgs, literary managers and writers. Each will outline their understanding of dramaturgy, and their approaches to their various roles and tasks as a dramaturg. This will run alongside a series of seminars with focused readings and discussions on contemporary dramaturgical practices.

    Dramaturgy and live performance

    The subject aims to use the practical and theoretical exploration of the concept of performance dramaturgy. And it helps to develop your potential to make theatre and become a reflective theatre practitioner, aware of the relationship between theatre and society. This subject introduces you to the concept of dramaturgy as a critical tool in devising live performance.

    Writing for performance

    This subject focuses you on the task of writing from/after performance. Like all art, live performance is constituted in part by some elements and enigmas that are not easily expressed by means of language. The subject familiarises you with established conventions and traditions pertinent to writing from/after performance.

    Independent dramaturgy project

    This subject is the culmination and synthesis of all the other subjects on the course, where knowledge and skills are applied in a project that you will identify independently. This will take the form of fieldwork; this may be on a project happening at the VCA or in the main stage or independent theatre arena in Melbourne, nationally or internationally.

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