Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance (BA)

The main skills that you tend to take
away from this degree are not only the basic skills in acting, writing, directing;
for example: obviously you get a foundation in acting then you do the
comedy module, and then you can draw on the skills that you learn and branch those off into directing and analysis of script as well. You get so many transferable skills from doing it here at York. So in first year was really
good we did the introduction to writing directing performance, so that was two
introductory courses. It was a very fun experience we actually got to put our
own performances, I got to meet a wide range of people and the workshops and
master classes that they put on really improved my acting. This course allows you to find yourself it allows you to find what aspects of
theatre in particular you want to look at in future. You’ll be able to
appreciate the work of an actor more, you’ll be able to appreciate the work of
the dramaturg. It gives you a variety of different skills when you become instead
of an actor, instead of a director, instead of a writer, you become a theatre
maker and it gives you those skills in every different aspect of theatre to
then go forward and try other things. I know other courses particular don’t give you that opportunity to to put your education, to put the theory you’ve learned into action and really
challenge you in that respect because it does push you, it does challenge you, but at the end of the day that’s what you want in your degree. Students can expect
to engage primarily with our two glorious state-of-the-art bespoke
theatre spaces. So these are full-size professional standard theatres and our
students perform in these spaces, they direct in them, they write for them and
they design for them, and that gives them a real sense of what the space means in
a theatre context and the kinds of pressures in terms of what the audience
needs from you in a theatre context. Of course we also have the facilities to
back up that production work so we have rehearsal rooms and scenic workshops and
lighting and sound equipment and facilities, as well as the facilities for
creating multimedia and digital aspects of theatre, so students can continue to
integrate technology into their work in really exciting and vibrant ways.

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