MA Theatre for Community and Education
Mountview’s MA in Theatre for Community and Education is a creative and challenging exploration into the transformational power of theatre.
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 holistic programme 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.
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including those practicing in youth, community and/or education settings and performers looking to develop and diversify their career.
The course equips graduates for versatile and impactful careers both in the UK and internationally, and alumni have gone on to work in a range of areas including:
• Launching their own arts companies, such as Kindred Collective
• Leadership positions within major cultural organisations
• Workshop facilitators and practitioners in higher education environments
• Public sector positions related to youth participation
• Working on international arts-based programmes
COURSE LEADER AND GUEST PRACTITIONERS
The course is led by Maria Askew, an award-winning theatre director, facilitator and performing artist, alongside a range of highly experienced practitioners and visiting tutors. Lecturers hold expertise in a variety of areas such as applied theatre, co-creation, youth led work, dramatherapy, diaspora consciousness, marketing and communications, international politics, funding community projects, and theatre in the criminal justice system.
Teaching is also delivered by representatives from a range of world class organisations such as Clean Break, Brixton House, Unicorn Theatre, Turtle Key Arts, Access all Areas and Candoco Dance Company.
COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY
There is one day of in-person teaching each week, with one additional study weekend each term.
Throughout the course students develop critical skills in facilitating, devising, leading, producing, discussing and teaching creatively and imaginatively. Study involves workshops, lectures and seminars as well as independent collaborative and solo practice/research.
Practical areas of study include:
• collaborative and ensemble techniques
• decolonial feminist approaches
• forum theatre
• arts for wellbeing
• ritual theatre
• trauma awareness
• devised theatre
• facilitating in multilingual multi-faith spaces
• ecological transformation
• ethics in artistic practice
Students gain practical experience running workshops in schools, both locally in the Peckham area and further afield – previous locations include Spain and Nigeria.
As part of the course students undertake a work placement within a professional organisation. Training may involve placements within a variety of world-class arts organisations such as Royal Court Theatre, Harris Academy Peckham, The Migration Museum, Springboard Youth Academy, Tate Modern, Theatre Peckham, and Rideout Creative Arts for Rehabilitation.
Assessments are varied and include essays, talks, education packs, presentations, and workshop samples.
The final dissertation project is defined by the individuals’ specific area of interest and can be practice-based or written. Previous projects have involved collaboration with a range of communities and organisations, and research has been presented through a variety of mediums including workshop facilitation, performance, dance, educational toolkit and video content.