Taught course

Theatre Directing

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally have a first degree in Drama (2:2 minimum) and some experience (student/fringe) of directing for the theatre.

Occasionally, applicants may have a degree in another subject or no degree. In such cases a higher level of practical experience is expected, for example, considerable professional acting experience. Applicants will be interviewed by a panel of the programme's team. These take place at the Orange Tree Theatre.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Master's degree in Theatre Directing - run in collaboration with the multi-award winning Orange Tree Theatre - is designed to explore the art and techniques of theatre directing within the context of contemporary theatre making.

The programme is predominantly housed at The Orange Tree in Richmond, enabling students to embed their practice in the working life of this award-winning theatre. Modules are taught by both academics and theatre directors with the assistance of professional actors in the practical classes.

The programme is both academic and vocational. It aims to provide an advanced understanding of theatre production processes within a context of both contemporary theatre making and the dramatic tradition. It further aims to develop students’ craft skills and technical abilities in order to prepare them for a career in theatre directing.

The programme is aimed both at graduates who wish to advance their understanding of theatre practice in order to develop their work to a professional standard and at theatre professionals who wish to formalise their experience with a course of study and a qualification.

Directing workshops explore rehearsal techniques, script analysis, performance, design and technical aspects of production. A key module focuses on directing as a career. There is a particular emphasis on the study of the working relationship between the director and the performer.

At the end of the course students present a showcase production at the Orange Tree, or another London fringe theatre. Study is over one year full-time or two years part-time.

Previous graduates have found assistant and associate directing work with all of the major companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Out of Joint and the Royal Court.

The Drama department has three fully equipped studios and a large theatre for rehearsal purposes. Technical and administrative staff support the programme throughout the year and students are provided with a production budget for their end-of-year production.

Information for international students

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. English language requirements also apply.

Fees and funding

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For information about fees - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section of our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Patsy Gilbert
020 8240 4103