Taught course

Theatre Directing

University of Essex · East 15 Acting School

Entry requirements

Successful written application, plus a first degree or upper second class standard or equivalent (GPA 3.0) or suitable previous life and/or professional experience. Candidates may be invited for interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Our unique MA Theatre Directing will interest you if you already are, or wish to become, a professional theatre director. You study individual modules, lasting approximately four to six weeks each, and we run some modules overseas, recently in Moscow, Thailand and Bali. We ensure there is a strong international focus with teaching by a wide range of directors and professional practitioners.

Our MA Theatre Directing runs for one year on a full-time basis and graduates can direct professionally, function as artistic directors or teach in universities.

Our East 15 Acting School has trained actors, directors, producers and theatre technicians for stage, TV, film and radio for almost 50 years. Our dedicated approach to teaching and support was reflected in our ninth placing in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our work is base do Joan Littlewood's famed Theatre Workshop but we are international in our outlook, regarding ourselves as a bridge between the best of British and worldwide performance traditions. We are also a member of the leading group of UK conservatoires, the Conference of Drama Schools, with many of our courses accredited by the National Council for Drama Training (NCDT).

Information for international students

University of Essex recognised by US Department of Education, students eligible for Federal Stafford Loan; University code 00868700.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice100

Course contact details

East 15 Acting School
+44 (0)20 8508 5983