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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

Drama, Theatre and Performance

Postgraduate study with

one big plus after another VIBRANT PHYSICAL DYNAMIC IMPROVISATION CREATIVITY COLLABORATIVE SUPPORTIVE MULTIDISCIPLINARY INSPIRING HIGH STUDENT SATISFACTION COMMUNITY INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY INNOVATIVE WELCOME By engaging in postgraduate study in Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Huddersfield you will be joining a creative research community that places practice at the heart of its approach. You’ll develop your own work in a supportive personal and physical environment with great resources. You will have the opportunity to present your research findings as part of our Lines of Flight series, which also includes presentations from members of staff and visiting practitioner-scholars.

Professor Franc Chamberlain Professor and Research Co-Ordinator for Drama, Theatre, and Performance

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Whether taking a Master’s degree or a PhD, you’ll work alongside staff with international reputations as experts in their fields. You’ll be part of an inspirational, challenging, dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment. All our staff are practitionerscholars and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy* and are at ease presenting our research both inside and outside the university context. We have a range of specialisms, focusing mainly on 20th and 21st Century work, which can be gathered broadly under the headings Making Performance, Uses and Contexts of Performance, Performance and Cultural Studies, and Performance-as-Research.

We’ll provide you with a weekly series of events to assist you to develop an appropriate level of research skills and to discover a range of methodologies. You’ll be encouraged to present aspects of your research to receive supportive feedback from staff and peers. These events are open to PhD and MA by Research students and are in addition to the Lines of Flight events (see page 10). We’ll also offer you opportunities to participate in staff-led research projects as well as in workshops with visiting practitioners. You’ll be performing and studying in the Sir Patrick Stewart Building that houses excellent facilities which include three adaptable theatre studios, supported by the latest technical equipment.

In addition, we have five wellequipped studios, with sprung dance floors that allow large-cast theatre and dance productions, together with a workshop, costume store, digital media suite, changing rooms, and a meeting/seminar room. Highly trained technical staff are on hand to assist you with the range of 3D design, video, sound editing, computerised lighting and sound equipment. One of our studios is fully equipped with professional LED theatre lanterns that can be wirelessly controlled from a mobile desk. This is part of our programme to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible.

Three reasons to choose Drama, Theatre and Performance at Huddersfield




We are a small, friendly, and vibrant, practice-led community. All members of staff have their own creative practice and are keen to pass on their skills and learn new ones.

Our team of staff is highly skilled and supportive. There is nothing we like better than being in the studio both developing our own work and supporting the work of others.

The Sir Patrick Stewart Building contains dedicated rehearsal and performance space used by our own students and professional companies.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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Drama, Dance and Performance MA by Research

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time 2 years part-time

Entry requirements • An honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed project.

You’ll join a small but vibrant postgraduate community based in the Sir Patrick Stewart Building and enjoy close working relationships with your peers, academic staff and undergraduates, giving plenty of opportunity for collaboration.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

Fundamental to our work, Drama research focuses on practical explorations and developing innovative ways of teaching and training. Our academic staff and postgraduate researchers conduct research around areas of: • actor training • psycho-physicality • ensemble • creativity and improvisation • performance and mindfulness. Other areas of interest include performance magic, theatre and learning disability, new writing forms and contemporary political theatre. The MA by Research offers you the opportunity to choose your own area of research, supported by a team of practitioner/researchers in both group and one-to-one sessions. You’ll share your work with peers during Lines of Flight research seminars and have opportunities to present your performance work to the public, should you choose to do so.


“Working collaboratively in a leadership role has given me the practical experience that’s important for my future.” Joe Geddes MA by Research (Drama, Dance and Performance)

“Our postgraduate researchers join a vibrant community of scholars working across a range of contemporary arts practices.” Dr Hilary Elliott Senior Lecturer in Dance, Theatre and Performance

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Drama, Dance and Performance PhD

AT A GLANCE Duration 3 years full-time with an optional writing-up period of 12 months. 6 years part-time with an optional writing-up period of 12 months

Entry requirements

Drama, Theatre and Performance at Huddersfield brings together researchers and practitioners to promote research into the areas of performance and training, and performance magic. Our PhD programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge. At Huddersfield you may submit a traditional thesis of 80,000 words or an agreed portfolio of performance event(s) and a shorter written component.

• A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

Our academic staff and postgraduate researchers conduct research around areas of: • actor training • psycho-physicality • ensemble • creativity and improvisation • performance and mindfulness • performance and ecology. Other areas of interest include performance magic, theatre and learning disability, new writing forms and contemporary political theatre.

“I supervise students working on actor and performer training and theories of embodiment and musicality.”

“The Drama staff have a genuine interest in their subject areas and encourage a similar enthusiasm in their students, offering support of a high quality that’s easy to access.” Chloe Whitehead Drama, Dance and Performance PhD


Dr Ben Spatz Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance

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Drama, Theatre and Performance research

Lines of Flight

Drama, Theatre and Performance at Huddersfield hosts a vibrant and developing research culture which includes the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research (CPPR) and the Magic Research Group (MRG). Each of these groups publishes its own journal, organises seminars and showings of research practice, and engages in a wide range of projects. Other areas of interest include research into performance and disability, psychoanalysis, creativity, ecology, improvisation, new writing, and processes of devising. Members of the Drama team have contributed articles to peer-reviewed journals such as Contemporary Theatre Review, Performing Ethos, TDR, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training as well as contributing chapters to a variety of collections, authoring monographs and editing collections and series.

You may become involved in our Lines of Flight research series which explores psychophysical performance paradigms and practices, and have the opportunity to experience the work of our external practitioners, including Visiting Research Fellow and Ritual Theatre expert, Nicolás Nunez; Dr Don Weed of the Interactive Teaching Method of the Alexander Technique; Visiting Professor Phillip Zarrilli; Professor Laura Bond from the University of North Carolina– Asheville, and Dr Jessica M Beck collaborators with Eric Hetzler on the Alba Emoting project.

Industry links As well as presenting high-quality performances directed and devised by staff and students we host work by local and international visiting companies. We also have an excellent relationship with Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre with whom we collaborate on performance projects, and use their spaces to rehearse or host other performancerelated events. We have strong relationships with companies such as IOU, Northern Broadsides, Proper Job, and our international links include the Taller de Investigación Teatral (Mexico), Jana Sanskriti (India), The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski (Poland) and Thomas Richards (Italy). To find out more about our research, visit drama, and to read about our research centres, go to researchcentres/cppr and

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The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one campus site, you’ll have access to a wide range of learning resources and social amenities.


You can’t help but be inspired by our location. There are innovative new buildings and converted mills alongside a canal, tree lined towpath walk and old bridges, and the beautifully transformed Victorian church and Sunday School which is home to Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Library The Library offers a productive environment with spaces across the five floors to reflect the way you work. We also provide online access to an extensive range of library resources, from wherever you are, providing flexibility for those times when you can’t make it onto campus. If you are returning to study from work or raising a family it may have been a few years since you were in an academic library; our librarians will help you get the most out of the facilities and are on hand to help you find and access a huge amount of learning material. Student Central Student Central is a £22.5m hub that combines access to the Library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof. Our fully equipped sports facilities, run by Team Hud, feature a state-of-the-art gym, badminton courts and studios which host over 60 classes per week. The ground floor of Student Central is home to our support services including careers, finance and international support. On the first floor you’ll find our Students’ Union offering opportunities to get involved in the social life of the University. 13


APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to continue your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions.



We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries

Admissions team

School of Music, Humanities and Media

Tel. 01484 473969 Email.

01484 472375 @Dramahudds

Research team Tel. 01484 473503 Email.

Drama at Huddersfield

Important Information – This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at

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Drama, Theatre and Performance 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)