The study of drama is a true marriage of intellect and emotion.


We believe drama can change the world.

Studying drama at Essex is transformative. It will equip you for the future you want, whether you pursue a career in theatre or outside the industry.

Dissect issues such as the representation of gender on stage and theatre in education. Study everything from Greek tragedy to contemporary verbatim theatre. Devise your own performances and develop your own playwrighting.

We are committed to furthering the cause of human rights through drama and we rank 1st in the UK for drama (Guardian University Guide 2020). As well as this, 100% of our drama students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019), so if you’re determined to study drama, you’re in the right place.

Why study here?
  • We have a thriving Theatre Arts Society and student company - students regularly produce their own shows.
  • Our lecturers are respected, working theatre professionals and our Lakeside Theatre is a vibrant creative hub with an international reputation.
  • Our students have access to the University's Media Centre, equipped with state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment, and an industry-standard editing suite.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Theatre at Essex is revolutionary.

We believe drama should never be less than truthful, inspirational and life-changing.

Our courses will refine your approach to theatre-making. Through research and practice you'll explore and critique traditional and contemporary dramatists and practitioners from across the globe. Your studies will develop your understanding of the purpose and impact of performance.

Why study here?
  • Our industry links offer you access to distinguished visiting actors and directors from UK theatres.
  • We're ranked 1st in the UK for drama (Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • We give our actors and directors the chance to work together on collaborative projects.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Create your masterpiece.

Theatre Studies and Drama at Essex is a unique conservatoire of practitioners who offer talented research students supervision in a number of specialisms.

We're here to guide and nurture you to become directors, writers, artistic directors, theatre practitioners and performers. 

Our on campus theatre, the Lakeside Theatre, is a major venue for professional touring companies,  and it also plays host to new theatre brought to the stage by our students.

Why study here?
  • We offer a uniquely interdisciplinary environment for undertaking a PhD in theatre studies either as a critical thesis or based on creative practice.
  • Access to a range of exceptional facilities to enhance your learning and research, including our Lakeside Theatre.
  • You benefit from expert supervision from leading theatre practitioners and theorists and are part of a department with internationally recognised research specialisms.
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