Taught course

Advanced Theatre Practice

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Entry requirements

A good working knowledge and experience of at least one of the theatre-making disciplines listed in the course detail. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another practical or academic discipline, sharing a similar desire to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary practice. You will normally possess a degree or equivalent qualification and/or two years' relevant professional experience. An offer will normally only be made after interview/audition. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required gain an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This well-established course aims to draw together those wishing to play a leading role in tomorrow’s new performance and theatre-making worlds. Students will become part of a carefully selected group of practicing and aspiring theatre practitioners who want to pool their resources and imagine the theatre of the future.

Students bring their existing knowledge and practical experience, and their passion for innovation and company work to this course. They should be ready to challenge and extend specialist theatre practice through collaboration with others, and keen to develop in an experimental theatre making environment through improvisation and play.

Engagement with this course is as a participant in an innovative collaborative laboratory for practical experiment, working with colleagues in non-hierarchical situations. Previous participants have included performers, designers, visual artists, writers, directors, musicians, puppeteers, dramaturgs and performance makers, or those who have knowledge from academic disciplines such as science and mathematics, film and animation, anthropology, choreography or composition.

Throughout the course, students will be supported to grow, develop and articulate as theatre practitioners and makers, gaining experience of working flexibly and constructively with others, and enabling them to extend the boundaries of theatre and how it might be seen.

This is a year of creative development, and students will develop experience from the intensive workshop atmosphere of Term One, learn to research and extend their practice in Term Two, be able to launch a company or an approach to making new work in Term Three and finally take their work to an audience beyond Central in Term Four.

To build a platform for this creative development they will first work with a range of experienced practitioners, undertaking a thorough analysis of their work. Students will also work closely alongside the programme convenors and members of the wider faculty, activating languages of interdisciplinary theatre within one of three broad investigative clusters – performative, scenographic or dramaturgical – but constantly joining with the whole laboratory to review and summarise progress.

Participants will be supported in developing the ability to document and disseminate their explorations and produce new work within a variety of institutional contexts.

Inspired by the recent conference Reinventing Director’s Theatre at the Schaubühne Berlin, students will be able to explore the distinct roles of Director or Performer working with text to create new work in the rehearsal room. Or, building on the tradition of theatre making as a communicative medium of exchange, they will have the opportunity to look at web-based technologies and digital media appropriate to the development and representation of their work.


Practice is assessed throughout the first three terms through continuous assessment of contribution to the rehearsal/development process combined with essays reflecting on this work in the broader context of contemporary theatre practice.

Peer assessment also forms a part of the assessment process.

The course will prepare students for a Sustained Independent Project (SIP), for which they will take a performance work that they have made with colleagues to a documented encounter with a public audience during the summer.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Santiago, Bangkok and Singapore. Please see Central’s website for details. To book an place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, you may be offered the opportunity of a distance audition.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment Office