MA Theatre for Community and Education

Validated by University of East Anglia

MA Theatre for Community and Education
Validated by University of East Anglia

Two years (part-time) September Entry

Mountview’s MA in Theatre for Community and Education is a creative and challenging ensemble experience in the transformational power of theatre arts.

In a society where access to the arts is at risk of being marginalised, this course develops the next generation of interdisciplinary theatre practitioners who will lead the way in providing meaningful arts experiences for all.

The course in applied theatre is aimed at practitioners interested in the potential of theatre arts to address social, political and educational issues in a broad range of settings.

It invites creative reflection into the power of storytelling for social transformation, considering the role of arts in education, migration and exile, health and building communities.

It is a professional training and vocational experience for anyone seeking to establish a career involving social change through arts, including those practicing in youth, community and/or education settings and performers looking to develop and diversify their career.

You will explore some of theatre’s most powerful ideas and practices. Learning and teaching involves thinking, making and doing through workshops, lectures, seminars and independent practice.

Throughout the course you will learn and develop skills in teaching, leading and facilitating creatively and imaginatively. You will be taught by lecturers with expertise in a variety of areas, such as dramatherapy, diaspora consciousness, marketing and communications, international politics, funding community projects, and theatre in the criminal justice system. Practical areas of study include: collaborative and ensemble techniques, forum theatre, arts for wellbeing, ritual theatre, trauma awareness and technology in artistic practice.

Teaching takes place one day a week with one study weekend per term, which enables students to work alongside their training. The course is taught by a range of highly experienced practitioners and visiting tutors and offers a balance of theory and practice in its learning strategy. You will gain practical experience running theatre workshops in local schools in the Peckham area. You will also learn from a range of world class organisations such as Complicité, Candoco dance company, Turtle Key Arts and Clean Break.

Assessments are varied and include essays, research talks, funding applications, education packs, presentations, case studies, performance and dissertation.

The dissertation project is defined by your area of interest and can be practice-based or written and can involve placements within a variety of world-class arts organisations.

Course Practitioners

Maria Askew
Course Director
Monique Baptiste-Brown
Visiting Lecturer
Helen Tovey
Visiting Lecturer
Ameera Conrad
Visiting Lecturer
Patrice Naiambana
Visiting Lecturer
Tom England
Visiting Lecturer
Sara Green
Visiting Lecturer
Saul Hewish
Visiting Lecturer
Ben Osborn
Visiting Lecturer

Students collaborate with a wide variety of visiting practitioners and lecturers throughout their training. The above list is a sample of some of the guest lecturers on this course and is subject to change.

Course Content

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term
17 September – 17 December 2020
Spring term
7 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term
 15 April – 24 June 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays

Year 1
2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
22 September – 15 December 2021
Spring term
12 January 30 March 2022
Summer term
20 April – 29 June 2022

Year 2
2021/22 Dates
Autumn term
23 September – 16 December 2021
Spring term
13 January 31 March 2022
Summer term
21 April  30 June 2022

Applied Theatre Practice & Pedagogies

  • Principles of theatre-making
  • Techniques
  • Pedagogies
  • Methods and approaches
  • Ritual theatre
  • Decolonial and feminist practices

The Theory and Practice of Learning Through Theatre

  • Socio-political context of applied theatre
  • Education as a practice of liberation
  • Power and the teacher/ facilitator/ leader
  • Practical workshop techniques and skills
  • Trauma informed practice and dramatherapy

Business and Management

  • Funding and finance
  • Marketing and communications
  • Strategies for freelance practitioners
  • Navigating the 21st century cultural sector
  • Sustainable community projects
  • Creative producing
  • Practical application of business management

Policies and Agendas

  • Policies that shape the theatre and cultural sector
  • Diversity and difference
  • Practical inquiry into theatre and culture as tools for social transformation
  • Global policies and post-colonial theory
  • Development of a portfolio of case studies of cultural agendas

Contemporary Arenas and Praxes of Applied Theatre

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Migration and exile
  • Arts in conflict zones
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Professional development

Creative and Cultural Learning

  • Museums and galleries
  • Storytelling and gamification
  • Cross border collaborations
  • Immersive arts, music and film
  • Performance as protest

Dissertation Project (Practical or Written)

  • Specific dissertation project
  • Research / Rehearsal time
  • Application of previous modules


  • Interview fee
  • £10
  • 2020/21 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee
  • £4,745 p/a
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £8,930 p/a
  • Additional Costs (e.g. cultural trips)
  • £100
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Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases. There will be additional costs for cultural trips – allow around £100.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

I feel I have grown enormously as a person- both academically and emotionally. I’ve had a lot of moments where things have clicked – I feel very happy and settled both on the course and at Mountview. This was the right course for me!

Rosie, MA Theatre for Community and Education student

Entry requirements

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.

Interview information

Candidates are invited to an online interview with the course leader at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences.

Please be aware that due to the limited amount of places available, this course may become full before 31 May 2021 and in this event applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

Auditions and Interviews
2021 Prospectus