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Placements and Professional Practice

Gaining Skills

In the summer term undergraduates are encouraged to gain employability skills by working in professional environments. During their undergraduate degree all students learn about the environment of a professional theatre by working on the MA season, where they gain experience working alongside and as lighting and sound technicians, actors, scenographers, stage managers and in marketing.

Work Experience

From the second year onwards students are encouraged to apply their knowledge by working in the cultural sector. They may follow enrichment courses with professional theatremakers, undertake placements or develop their own work for public performance. Students recently undertook placements with The Theatre Royal Haymarket, at The Brighton Festival, The Globe and Patchwork Theatre, and even stage managed the 2016 Oliviers!


Students also enjoy regular workshops with well-known artists and theatremakers; recent guests include:



Multi-award winning physical theatre and dance company extraordinaire DV8 have run exclusive workshops with our Dance & Drama students.

Katie Mitchell


World-renowned director Katie Mitchell OBE is a regular visitor and will be running an intensive MA Directing course here during the summer term.

Tanika Gupta


Olivier Award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta MBE FRSL has a lot of letters after her name, and also teaches and convenes all our playwriting modules.

Tim Crouch


Actor, writer, director and master of making people uneasy, Tim Crouch has given several keynote speeches and lectures.

Jasmin Vardimon


Every year, the Sadlers Wells-based Jasmin Vardimon Company run our Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre course

Dickie Beau


Lip-synching drag artist extraordinaire Dickie Beau recently gave an incredible sell-out show and Q&A in the Caryl Churchill Theatre.




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