One year (full-time)
Mountview is recognised as one of the best places in the world to train for a career in musical theatre, and our alumni dominate the industry.
Our intensive one-year MA programme delivers focused, culturally engaged, practical performer training. The course enables graduates to confidently enter the industry, fully prepared with the skillset to assuredly navigate the demands of any performance space.
With a strictly limited number of places available each year, early application is strongly encouraged.
Recent graduates of MA Performance have gone on to work for the National Theatre, National Theatre of Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Donmar Warehouse, Globe, Royal Court, Edinburgh Lyceum, Lyric Belfast, Turun Kaupunginteatteri Finland, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Foro Shakespeare Mexico, Shanghai Grand Theatre and across the West End.
On screen, recent graduates have worked for BBC, ITV, Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros and Disney. Many have also created their own work, for companies including Bush Theatre, Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham and Lyric Belfast.
Course content and delivery
Students receive over 30 hours of direct teaching time each week, with a maximum of 17 students per class.
Over the first two terms you will undertake skills training split equally between the three essential musical theatre skills: acting, singing and dance, including one-to-one singing lessons and classes in acting for camera in term two. In each term, the skills work is then applied to performance projects. These projects include work on non-musical contemporary texts, and classic and contemporary book musicals.
There will be additional lectures and seminars on devising, autobiographical and solo performance, as well as on concepts such as intersectional feminist, post dramatic, queer and critical race theories, socio/political theatre practices and the performance of knowledge.
Through the first and second term, all students undertake the Creative Project, creating an original piece of theatre or film, performed at the end of term two. The Creative Project is supported and developed by one-to-one tutorials and influenced by the concepts discussed in the seminar/lecture programme.
In the third term, students perform in a professional showcase for agents, casting directors and other prominent industry professionals, as well as a fully staged public production of a musical.
Students also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager to prepare for life as a working performer.