Postgraduate Course

MFA Theatre Directing

MFA Theatre Directing


The details
Theatre Directing
October 2018
2 years
East15 (Loughton) Campus

This is a unique professional course that has been designed specifically for those who already are or wish to become professional theatre directors. MFA Theatre Directing is open to students from around the world. East 15 runs some modules overseas, mostly recently in Moscow, Thailand and Bali, involving specialist practical study in another cultural environment. Teaching is by a wide range of leading experienced directors and professional practitioners from the UK and overseas.

This course is taught at East 15 Acting School; full details can be found on their website.

Why we're great.
  • East 15 is a member of the premier group of UK conservatoire schools: the Federation of Drama Schools.
  • We give our actors and directors the chance to work together on collaborative projects.
  • Use state-of-the-art filmmaking and editing resources, and our extensive studio and performance spaces.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Our applicants need to undertake a successful audition or video audition, plus have a first degree of Upper Second Class or suitable previous life and/or professional expertise.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Example structure

We offer dynamic and unique course for actors, directors, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice. Training at East 15 draws upon 50 years of tradition combined with a keen sense of the world of stage and screen today.

Our carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore and develop your specialist training. This course is taught at East 15 Acting School; full details can be found on their website.

The Techniques of Adaptation (optional)

This module examines the problems of adapting non dramatic texts for performance. It takes as its starting point the pioneering work done by the Shared Experience company in the 1970s and looks at large scale adaptations such as the RSCs Nicholas Nickleby.

View The Techniques of Adaptation (optional) on our Module Directory

The Artistic Director (optional)

This module is aimed at students with prior experience and knowledge of directing. It explores the problems of leading as Artistic Director including budgeting, contracts, policy, planning, PR and marketing, maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and planning.

View The Artistic Director (optional) on our Module Directory

Theatre of the East (Field Study Option) (optional)

This module is designed to introduce students to practices, techniques, images and sounds derived from various traditional performance forms across Asia. Each time it runs the module will focus on forms from one country of the region. The module will concentrate on techniques and ideas that can be used for cross cultural performance creation.

View Theatre of the East (Field Study Option) (optional) on our Module Directory

Shakespeare (optional)

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the problems of directing Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It develops specific textual skills and places the plays within the context of the Elizabethan world view and its reflection in the playhouse. It focuses on techniques designed to help actors with speaking verse and examines problems of staging, design and interpretation.

View Shakespeare (optional) on our Module Directory

Meyerhold and Biomechanics (optional)

This module examines the work of Vsevolad Meyerhold from his early years as a pupil of Stanislavsky to the break with the Moscow Art Theatre and the development of the theory of biometrics, an important precursor of conceptual and physical modes of theatre.

View Meyerhold and Biomechanics (optional) on our Module Directory

MA Dissertation By Director's Production Workbook (optional)
MFA Dissertation By Director's Production Workbook (optional)
MFA Theatre Directing Dissertation By Practical Project (optional)

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £230. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

International fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £230. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We don’t currently offer Open Days for this course but if you would like more information, then please email us at


When you apply for one of our postgraduate courses, we will assess you on your experience (both academic and practical) and your potential for success.

You need to complete and send us a completed East 15 application form, two confidential references and a copy of your audition payment receipt so that we can arrange your audition.

For the MFA Theatre Directing, you are assessed on the basis of your written application, although you may be called for interview or given a telephone or Skype interview.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

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