Throughout its history University College Dublin has been deeply involved in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Indeed, many of Ireland's leading writers were educated at UCD including, James Joyce, Kate O'Brien, Flann O'Brien, Thomas Kinsella, Edna O'Brien, Frank McGuinness, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Neil Jordan, Roddy Doyle, Marina Carr, Joseph O'Connor, Emma Donoghue and Conor McPherson.
This MA caters for emerging playwrights who are determined to:
• Enhance their creative and critical practices in a risk-conducive, collegial environment
• Engage and be inspired by encounters with key theatre makers and critical thinkers about performance and cultures
• Benefit from expert feedback from staff and associate theatre professionals
• Apply the insights and motivation engendered by experiencing a range of performances in Dublin and London.
• Discover how best to tell the stories you believe in.
This Writing for Theatre MA offers you the opportunity to devote a considerable amount of time to write, evolve and reflect on your own creative practices, in the context of a supportive academic environment which is dedicated to the analysis, exploration and reflection on modern and contemporary theatre and performance.
• Writing for Theatre 1 (taught in association with a leading Playwright/Director) (10 Credits)
• Writing for Theatre 2 (10 Credits)
• Research and Analysis in Drama and Performance (10 Credits)
• Issues and Perspectives (10 Credits)
• Playwriting Project (40 Credits) This project includes script development support with group sessions with members of Fishamble Theatre Company, who are renowned for their role in the development and production of new work.
• Elective module (10 Credits) from European Theatre in Context, Contemporary Irish Theatre, the Body and Performance (TBC)
Professional contributors over the past number of years include Conor McPherson, Frank McGuinness, Mark Doherty, Rachel Feehily, Declan Hughes and Sophie Motley.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This Playwriting MA will provide a range of advanced practical strategies for approaches to writing for theatre, will develop your dramaturgical skills and editing competencies, will encourage disciplined practices, and will broaden your creative expression.
This programme also supports students to develop their skills in analysing and evaluating theatre writing and performance from around the world, and invites you to engage with current theoretical and practical philosophies of dramaturgy and performance.
Teaching throughout the MA includes seminars, masterclasses, workshops, rehearsed readings, laboratory sessions, theatre visits, critical appraisals, and regular feedback from peers and members of staff and professional theatre practitioners. Classes foster a supportive, collegial ethos.