Taught course

Professional Practice: Theatre and Drama Facilitation

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Entry requirements

There are two equal essentials evidenced in your application form and interview.

As you’d expect, we look at your educational achievements. The second is a set of six key attributes. These help us assess how you will respond to what and how we teach, your commitment to growth and your natural ability.
​You are expected to have a good degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline or significant practical experience of theatre/drama facilitation.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you an experienced theatre or drama facilitator ready to take your practice to the next level? Or are you at the start of your career and want to forge a structured transition from undergraduate study to advanced professional practice?

Our innovative Master’s in Professional Practice: Theatre and Drama Facilitation enables you to maintain your professional practice while reflecting upon and refining the skills and techniques you need to elevate your career to a more specialised or strategic level. The blended learning format of this course includes work-based and distance learning with intensive teaching blocks, so you get the benefit of arranging your study schedule along with face to face peer engagement.

Our course empowers you to:

  • rejuvenate and advance your drama facilitation practice
  • cultivate critical reflection to improve professional decision-making and contribute to your field by finding new solutions to common challenges
  • exploit appropriate analytical and project management tools to enable high-level reporting in a professional context.

You will learn to use reflective practice to identify and improve specific aspects of your facilitation practice.

Advanced Facilitation 2 focuses on workshop content; following a series of masterclasses, you will be guided in developing expertise in a specific theatre style or technique of your choice.

The Critical Perspectives module enables you to develop skills in the use of existing sources of knowledge to support professional decision making.

Enterprise, Management and Organisation considers how you 'make things happen' in your career by looking at models of funding, marketing and project management.

The specialist option modules offer you the opportunity to select a unit of study that either reflects the sector you are working in or an area in which you wish to develop expertise. The module choices reflect three broad areas of theatre facilitation: those working with young people to create theatre (Directing for and with young people); those working in outreach within a theatre organisation (Creative Learning and Outreach); and those working in socially engaged/issue based work (Difficult Discussions).

The programme concludes with two project modules. The Combined Project can be a small performance, the setting up of a new group or the launch of a new stream of work. The process is completed in the Practice Dissertation which seeks to integrate all elements of the programme in a substantial project that draws on facilitation, research and organisational skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,700 for 2022
International students
£10,900 for 2022

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sarah Heaps