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Optional Modules

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research will offer two optional modules, New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research and Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices, one in autumn term and one in spring term.

You may take an approved module from outside the department for one or other of these modules. These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). The availability of modules will vary depending on term and year.

New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research

This practice-based module aims to familiarise you with research developments in specialist areas within the field of theatre and performance studies. We will be considering how we locate, define and engage with geographic, technological and value networks in a world that is increasingly interconnected and mobile. We will explore these ideas through practice, relating research methods to audiences and differentiated research outcomes. The topics to be covered would be drawn from such areas as intercultural performance, new media, gendered citizenship, socially-engaged performance, etc., of which staff have specialist interests. You will engage in research-led investigation of these ideas involving both primary and secondary material, in and through performance and writing and will demonstrate your ability to research through practice, understand how different forms impact on research with, and for, different publics. You will also learn to communicate creative and critical ideas in various ways, and to initiate and sustain intellectual work and discussion.

Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices

This practice-based module aims to familiarise you with research and global practices in contemporary theatre and performance-making in relation to the facilitation of social change, engagement with creative practice, social efficacy, and the impact of new technologies.

You will participate in two units drawn from topics like:

  • performance interventions
  • autobiographical performance
  • site-specific performance
  • walk-about performance
  • physical theatre
  • community and/or applied performance
  • sensory performance
  • puppetry
  • verbatim theatre
  • new writing
  • dramaturgy and adaptation
  • embodiment and immersive theatre
  • storytelling
  • multi-media performance

You will engage in research-led investigation of these ideas involving both primary and secondary material, in and through performance and writing and will demonstrate your ability to research through practice, understand how different forms impact on research with, and for, different publics. You will also learn to communicate creative and critical ideas in various ways, and to initiate and sustain intellectual work and discussion.

For more information about the MA please contact the Course Director, Dr Susan Haedicke: s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk.