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Student practising during ALRA MA in Directing, Masters in theatre directing class
Course Leader: Chris Hill and George Richmond-Scott
Course Location: Wandsworth (London), Wigan (Greater Manchester)
Study Level: Postgraduate
Study Mode: Full Time
Course Length: 2 Years
Application: FREE
Awarding Body
St Mary’s University, London
Validated from 2018 to 2023
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The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme which includes an international residency and individual industry mentors. Set within cutting-edge locations at both ALRA North and ALRA South, the vision of this course is to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country.

 

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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.

The vision of this course is to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country.

The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme including an international residency and one to one industry mentorships.

From 2021 the course will run at both ALRA North and South; established centres of HE learning, creative activity and cultural development in the North West and in London. ALRA will recruit 4-6 student directors per campus from diverse backgrounds and pair them with innovative, challenging experiences that will act as catalysts for their careers as artists in the live performance industry.

As an ALRA Director, you will develop an understanding of an eclectic variety of different practices that can create and shape performance. You will have access to resources to integrate audio and film into your work. You will gain invaluable insight into the craft of the performer through working with training actors and specialist tutors on ALRA’s performance programmes, exploring body, voice and imagination.

For further information please email admissions@alra.co.uk.

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We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.

The vision of this course is to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country.

The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme including an international residency and one to one industry mentorships.

From 2021 the course will run at both ALRA North and South; established centres of HE learning, creative activity and cultural development in the North West and in London. ALRA will recruit 4-6 student directors per campus from diverse backgrounds and pair them with innovative, challenging experiences that will act as catalysts for their careers as artists in the live performance industry.

As an ALRA Director, you will develop an understanding of an eclectic variety of different practices that can create and shape performance. You will have access to resources to integrate audio and film into your work. You will gain invaluable insight into the craft of the performer through working with training actors and specialist tutors on ALRA’s performance programmes, exploring body, voice and imagination.

For further information please email admissions@alra.co.uk.

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  • Directed & edited by Chris Cronin | DOP Sam Cronin

 

We know there are some concerns about what studying at ALRA will be like from September. ALRA is committed to, and will provide, the conservatoire experience that each student deserves. We will continue to deliver our programmes at the highest level of quality and safety – always adhering to government guidelines. Students will receive full information before courses begin in September and we are looking forward to welcoming back our existing students and enrolling all of our new recruits.

The vision of this course is to create driven, diverse artists who will change the demographic of directors in this country.

The ALRA MA Directing course is an innovative new programme including an international residency and one to one industry mentorships.

From 2021 the course will run at both ALRA North and South; established centres of HE learning, creative activity and cultural development in the North West and in London. ALRA will recruit 4-6 student directors per campus from diverse backgrounds and pair them with innovative, challenging experiences that will act as catalysts for their careers as artists in the live performance industry.

As an ALRA Director, you will develop an understanding of an eclectic variety of different practices that can create and shape performance. You will have access to resources to integrate audio and film into your work. You will gain invaluable insight into the craft of the performer through working with training actors and specialist tutors on ALRA’s performance programmes, exploring body, voice and imagination.

For further information please email admissions@alra.co.uk.

  • LevelProposed TitleCore/OptionCredit Value
    7 The Performer C 40
    7 The Performance Environment C 20
    7 The Philosophy of Directing C 20
    7 Producing C 20
    7 Culture, Perception and Directing C 20
    7 Directing Practices C 60

     

    Module Summaries 

    The Performer: Terms 1 and 2

    Your relationship with performers is at the heart of your work and being clear is key to its success.

    The aim of this module is to introduce you to core elements of an actor’s training and practice by participating in voice and movement workshops. Assessment is delivered through two industry relevant tasks where you will demonstrate effective and empathic communication with individual actors. This module is delivered over 8 hours per week for 8 weeks in Term 1 and 2, including 36 hours of individual specialist masterclasses in the first four weeks.

     

    The Performance Environment: Terms 1 and 2

    Every performance environment is multi-faceted: there are diverse and surprising ways you can communicate meaning.

    ALRA’s MA Directing graduates will be able to collaborate effectively and inspiringly with an entire production team and this module includes classes on lighting, sound, camera work, stage management, design and costume. The module is interlinked with the performance work you study throughout Terms 1 and 2. You will take part in observational sessions on Acting for Camera and Acting for Radio (in conjunction with the BA in Acting - 4 hours per week in term 1). These classroom observations will be supported by a series of Technical Workshops examining key processes in the use of the sound, lighting and video in live performance design.

     

    The Philosophy of Directing: Term 3

    Robustly rationalizing your choices and beliefs will enable your strongest work

    The aim of this module is to develop a framework that examines your individual directing process. Drawing on practical skills and theory associated with the craft of directing, you will examine what influences and interests you as a practitioner and how this informs your process of working with collaborators such as actors, technicians, venues and funding bodies. This module will support you in deepening your understanding of your own opinions about directing and why you believe them to be true. The module is delivered throughout Term 3 through a series of weekly workshops. Use of technology such as b-log, v-log, podcast and social media is encouraged in this module and used in the reflective assessment task.

     

    Producing: Term 3

    Develop skills to produce your own work in the future and your ability to collaborate with producers.

    The focus of the module is on creating a funding bid, allowing you to deeply engage in the thinking and practices associated with producing. Industry experts will give weekly lectures to support your learning. You will be assessed on your completion of the funding application and your rationale around your approach. Producing is delivered through 4 hours of workshops and seminars per week accompanied by regular tutorials.

     

    Culture, Perception and Directing: Term 4

    Plunging into a new cultural context will make you ask questions about the theatre you create.

    In this module you will experience an organisation other than ALRA. You will engage in its values and cultural environment. By immersing you in a new theatrical context for two weeks, potentially in another country, cultural differences in making processes and the effect that ‘culture’ has on how you make your own work will be explored.

    There will be three phases to the content of this module:

    Preparing for the residency through lectures and seminars

    Engaging in the residency over two weeks

    Spending at least three weeks making work that responds to your experience

    This module is assessed through an audio task that explores the impact of the residency upon your creative process and invites you to use your own unique language to communicate your understanding of how culture informs your work. The module will be delivered both at ALRA and within the residency. All accommodation, visas and travel will be arranged by ALRA and included in the course fee.

     

    Directing Practices: Terms 5 and 6

    Express your experiences and challenge yourself as you make your own performance.

    The aim of this module is to challenge and enrich your existing practice by both exploring new directing processes and giving you space to make your own work, bringing together all your work from the course.

    You will:

    • Connect with an industry mentor to guide you as you make your final piece of performance work
    • Undertake a placement at ALRA
    • Work as an assistant director at another theatre venue
    • Create an independent production to be performed in the ALRA theatre space for invited industry guests

    This module includes two full time residencies over one or two terms which are assessed through observation of your communication with actors or other creatives. The major assessment task for this module is a Viva Voce where you will express the rationale behind the creation of your independent production to a panel of internal ALRA assessors and external directing experts.

  • Candidates will be expected to have a 2.2 at BA (Hons) in cognate subject or Entrants will have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate's ability to succeed in the programme. This recognition of prior learning will be gathered in the form of references from recognised professionals in the field.

    If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this We need a level 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).

  • Funding Information for the MA Professional Acting and all ALRA courses can be found in Fees & Funding.

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Term

    Annual

    Deposit

    TOTAL (per annum)

    MA Directing

    £2,500

    £7,500

    £400

    £7,900

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Term

    MA Directing

    £2,500

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Annual

    MA Directing

    £7,500

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    Deposit

    MA Directing

    £400

    Fees for 2020 Entry

    TOTAL

    MA Directing

    £7,900

     

    Terms DatesAutumn Term 2020Spring Term 2021Summer Term 2021
    From 5th October 11th January 26th April
    To 18th December 26th March 16th July
    Terms DatesAutumn Term 2020
    From 21st September
    To 04th December
    Terms DatesSpring Term 2021
    From 11th January
    To 26th March
    Terms DatesSummer Term 2021
    From 26th April
    To 16th July
  • Applicants for the MA Directing course must fill in an application form. On the application you will need to provide 500 words on your interest and experience in directing/theatre and your CV. You will then be contacted to participate in an online meeting which will include a directing task and an interview.

    The directing task will be explained prior to the meeting date and is designed to explore communication as well as investigate the applicant’s artistic concept. This task will be presented, then artistic rationale of the task will be discussed with the Course Leader and other senior members of faculty.

    At interview, applicants will demonstrate sufficient potential to develop their personal creative process within the field of directing. The applicant will discuss their reasons for wanting to take the course and their experience which demonstrates aspects of the relevant work.

    Application deadline: 31st May 2021