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Theatre Directing (MA)

Learn the craft of directing for the stage in practical and professionally controlled performance spaces.

Our Theatre Directing (MA) aims to engage with the demands and expectations of the theatre director working in the contemporary theatrical context. In this two year study, you will examine the mechanics of managing a rehearsal room and develop strategies and techniques for a creative, collaborative process. You will be working with Theatre professionals and creative practitioners to understand and explore the work of the theatre director in theory and practice.


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Contact Name: Lynne Seymour

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • Working with theatre practitioners
  • Developing skills to undertake the work of a director
  • Practical driven course
  • Establishing professional links across the industry
  • Working in a thriving creative atmosphere

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Programme provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of, and practical experience, in:

  • the demands and expectations of the theatre director working in the contemporary theatrical context;
  • the director’s comprehension and application of techniques and methods for script rehearsal and performance;
  • developing creative working relationships with actors, designers and a wider production team
  • developing and staging both a Main House production as an assistant director and a ‘studio’ theatre show as the main director.

Students on the programme will work with core staff, professional directors and other theatre professionals and with cohorts of performing arts undergraduate students to produce work of professional quality.

Module Topics
  • Theatre directing theory and practice
  • Approaches to Directing 1: Script, Rehearsal & Performance
  • Approaches to Directing 2: Theatre Styles
  • The Assistant Director project
  • The Directing project

A mixture of Portfolio, Presentations and Director’s reports. There are practical and written assessments for each module.

During this course, students may be required to explore texts containing themes and issues that might be perceived as challenging.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Initial degree (2:1 or higher), non-graduate with professional experience in the field.

Student Quotes

Peter Doran Artistic Director, Torch Theatre

"In addition to accredited learning, there will be opportunities to benefit from the network of theatre companies that the Performing Arts Carmarthen team already has working connections with, for example; Mess Up The Mess, Mappa Mundi Theatre Company, Red Oak Theatre, Cardiff Fringe Festival, The Other Room and The Torch Theatre as well as the many freelance contributors that work with us each year."

"The new MA directing course is a welcome addition to the excellent creative arts courses already on offer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Working alongside specialist tutors and industry professionals, the course offers excellent facilities and innovative experiences to students, which will act as a catalyst for a career within the theatre industry."

Ryan Plant – MA Directing - Year 2

"I chose UWTSD because I graduated back in 2017 from the BA Acting course, that course set me up for life after Uni well, but after a while, it was time for a new challenge, and who should pop up, but UWTSD! I chose the course because not only did it give me the opportunity to re-integrate into university life in a seamless way, it also gives me the opportunity to work with professionals and work very practically in the space. The course is very flexible which was a big factor for me having to work alongside the course!"

"I have really enjoyed getting my head back into the industry, having to read lots of different plays by lots of different play writes, getting to grips with various directorial techniques has been great! The best part is being able to then take what you’ve learnt, and apply it directly in the rehearsal room, having the space to experiment and find the way that works for you has been invaluable!"

"I chose Trinity Carmarthen because the campus has such a family feel, it's small but big enough. You tend to know of the majority of the people you pass in the corridor which is great!"

"In the future, I plan to try my hand at theatre directing, but also, producing, assisting and managing! This course has helped reinstate the confidence in me to jump back into the industry, having that chance to lead rehearsals, to lead a team has really benefitted me! My organisational/preparation skills are only going to strengthen as I move through the course preparing me not only for industry jobs, but also managerial posts, and even the know how of creating my very own company!"



Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.


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