Mountview’s MA in Site-Specific Theatre Practice is provided in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall. The first course of its kind in the UK, the MA is created and led by Geraldine Pilgrim, a leading practitioner in the creation of site-specific theatre and installations.
The course is for students interested in highly specialised training across all elements of site-specific practice and consists of a variety of salons and seminars as well as site visits, practical projects and a site residency with strong emphasis on learning through practice. There is a maximum of seven students per cohort
Site-specific theatre has captured the imagination of theatre and fine art practitioners throughout the UK and internationally. True site-specific theatre engages with a chosen site’s history,
atmosphere and architecture to underpin devised or text-based narratives. Site-specific theatre is an art form in its own right, allowing a space to inform the final performance and acknowledging that the performance can only happen in a specific-site
What sets this course apart is that students will undertake an overseas or UK based residency to create a site-specific work. Learning will cover practical skills and creative realisation as well as theoretical and methodological investigation.
The course is aimed at practitioners with a fine art or theatre and performance background wanting to diversify their artistic skills in the area of site-specific practice. Applications are also welcomed from those who are currently studying at BA level.
Teaching will take place both at Mountview’s Peckham site and at Shoreditch Town Hall, an independent arts centre experienced in presenting site-specific theatre. Mountview’s collaboration with Shoreditch Town Hall will root students in a professional space enabling practical experimentation with the site-specific form and connection to established artists.
Geraldine Pilgrim, Artistic Director of Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company, has been making site-specific performances and installations for over twenty years in sites including empty office blocks, schools, hotels, swimming pools, factories, hospitals, castles, stately homes and public parks. Her links with site-specific companies, practitioners, theatre companies and live artists ensure that students will have access to a rich network of contacts as well as fine-tuned expertise.
Admission onto the course is by interview. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA. If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).
Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.
Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.
You will take part in a first round interview with the course leader at which you will discuss your interests, influences and previous experience. This may take place online or in-person. Interviewees should bring a portfolio of previous work and/or ideas and inspirations. There is no application fee.
Geraldine Pilgrim is the reason site-specific work is known and loved in the UK – whenever you see a site-specific piece, or ‘immersive theatre’, you’re seeing the influence of her groundbreaking work.