The study of drama is a true marriage of intellect and emotion.
You’re an extrovert. There’s no such thing as OTT. You’ll stay late in to the night to make sure your production is perfect. You’re proud. You’re fierce. You’re emotional. Theatre is a culture and you’re firmly in it, whether you’re behind the lights in technical, or in the spotlight on stage.
Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the academic year on the department pages.
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.
We offer MA Theatre Practice and MA Scriptwriting. Both are based in our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies.
MA Acting is based at East 15.
Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, on the department pages.
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 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.
"My practical piece is called Thirteen Reasons Why Not. It's a comedic take on ways to keep yourself happy but is also designed to get feedback from the audience."
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We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.