MA SITE-SPECIFIC Theatre Practice
Subject to Validation by University of East Anglia
One year (full-time)
Entry from January 2019
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 will be led by Geraldine Pilgrim, a leading practitioner in the creation of site-specific work. The course is for students interested in highly specialised training across all elements of site-specific practice.
There are a maximum of eight students per cohort.
Site-specific theatre is a fast-growing art form that 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 the specific site.
Geraldine Pilgrim 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 connections to companies including Complicite, Punchdrunk, DreamThinkSpeak, Secret Cinema and National Theatre Studio ensure that students will have access to a rich network of contacts as well as fine-tuned expertise.
The course is aimed at practitioners with an art or drama background wanting to diversify their artistic skills in the area of site-specific practice. Applications are welcomed from those with experience in the fine art, theatre or related industries as well as those currently studying at BA level.
Learning will cover practical skills and creative realisation as well as theoretical and methodological investigation.
This course will run subject to approval by UEA. This means the course is currently going through UEA’s process to confirm the course will lead to a UEA award. Course approval will take place in November 2017 and confirmed by January 2018.