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This degree enables students to investigate and explore both the theory and the practice of directing. The course will be taught by members of the teaching staff and visiting professional directors who are currently active in different aspects of theatre. Directors of whom we have called for this purpose in the recent past include Max Stafford-Clark, Faynia Williams, Clive Mendus, Pamela Howard, Michael Walling, and Katie Mitchell. The course is taught primarily through intensive practical workshops that involve discussion, the testing of various methods and approaches, and the presentation of short directed scenes or studio exercises. Students will be expected to undertake independent research using the vast array of published documentary material and the resources offered by the study facilities at London theatres, such as the National and RSC, and the Theatre Museum. During the Summer term students will work independently on the planning and rehearsal of their specific projects with close supervision from their allocated supervisor (who will advise on the creative and practical process) and production personnel (who will offer support where appropriate on logistical and production-related issues). The concentration of departmental resources on a final production, in which directing students can produce their own creative project, has resulted in very exciting work in the past, including a devised production about Posada and the Mexican Day of the Dead by David Olguin, now director of a professional company in Mexico City, and Terrayama's Directions to Servants by Eriko Shibata who now runs her own company in Tokyo. For their dissertation projects, students will be required to research some aspects of directing or the practices of past, or current directors, or they may theoretically pursue issues which in their chosen production-work they also wish to address practically. We recommend that you use our online application form at: http:www.rhul.ac.ukregistryadmissionsapplyonline.html because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses. If you do require a printed copy of the postgraduate application form please contact drama@rhul.ac.uk remembering to include your postal address. Please read carefully the information on how to apply and ensure you forward the following information when you are applying online (or enclose with your application form) to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as possible: - Samples of written work in English, which should take the form of short academic essays or reviews of theatre productions (2,000 words each). Candidates in Britain at the time of application will be invited to interview everyone applying is welcome to visit the Department. Overseas candidates may be interviewed by telephone. For enquiries, forms or further details please visit our website http:www.rhul.ac.ukdramaandtheatreprospectivepostgraduatestaughtcourseshome.aspx

This degree enables students to investigate and explore both the theory and the practice of directing. The course will be taught by members of the teaching staff and visiting professional directors who are currently active in different aspects of theatre. Directors of whom we have called for this purpose in the recent past include Max Stafford-Clark, Faynia Williams, Clive Mendus, Pamela Howard,...

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