MA in Collaborative Theatre-Making

Delivered in association with Coventry University the course provides a unique opportunity to develop professional level performance and collaborative theatre making skills.

We're now recruiting for students to join the course in January 2019 and are delighted to announce that Coventry University are offering bursaries of £2,000.


Saturday 13th October 2018

Location in London TBC

All places on the taster are free, please contact Andrea Barzey on for more information or to book a place.

Please see our FAQs section or contact Coventry University directly for more information about the course.

This MA provides exciting opportunities for the participant to develop their practice and understanding, to develop a total theatre approach and open up the potential of devising theatre with highly skilled collaborators.

Scott Graham, Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly


Course information

Open to students from a range of backgrounds including performers, directors, writers, dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians and actors it combines practical performance projects with Frantic Assembly, alongside research events and seminars with leading academics and industry professionals involved in production, project management and funding at Coventry University.

Split between the Coventry campus and professional studios and theatres in London, you will have the opportunity to study with leading professionals in the field, thereby gaining insights, experience and knowledge in order to develop your own performance skills, collaborative theatre practice, industry skills and networks.

This post-graduate course prepares you to be innovative and adventurous performers, theatre makers, educators and researchers with experience of collaborative theatre making. Providing you with industry relevant expertise and skill-sets this course will enable you to develop your profile as an independent practitioner working within a global performing arts context.

This MA is constantly pushing you to ask yourself essential questions, which define and drive the development of your theatre practice.

2016 Course Student


Please visit the Coventry University course profile for more information on fees: 

Click here to visit the Coventry University course profile

• Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma

• Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA)

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

International applicants must also hold a minimum of 6.5 score in the IELTS test for English language.

Entry to this course is by audition and interview with the course team and Frantic Assembly. Applicants from overseas students are welcomed and alternative audition arrangements for non UK based applicants are available.

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office at Coventry University.

Practical aspects of the course will be predominantly taught in London with research seminars, symposiums and tutorial support taking place in Coventry and online.

No. The course is taught on-line and in intensive blocks to allow students to continue to work and live where they choose. You will be given dates for when you need to be in London or Coventry in advance so you can plan your time, travel and accommodation accordingly.

If you choose to base yourself in Coventry you will have access to the resources of the university more easily, such as free rehearsal space, technical support, TV and editing studios, library and academic writing support, but they will be open to all students to use.

In 2016 70% of students were not based in the Midlands.

There are a range of different lecturers and professionals teaching on the course. This includes creative and production staff from Frantic Assembly as well as our collaborators. In 2016 this included collaborators such as Simon Stephens (playwright), Adrian Sutton (composer), Jon Bausor (Designer), Eddie Kay (movement director), Andy Purves (lighting designer), Carolyn Downing (sound designer), Ian William Galloway (video designer).

The course is designed and includes teaching from:

Andrea Barzey, Course Director is engaged in research into the dancing body on screen, virtual motion and investigations into film installation work. Andrea has an on-going collaboration with the film artist Katy Connor. Their most recent piece ‘Areole’ was funded by the West Midlands Capture project and commissioned by Walsall New Gallery and has been shown in a number of European festivals.

Scott Graham is a visiting Professor in Theatre Practice and the Artistic Director and co-founder of Frantic Assembly, for which he recently directed Things I Know To Be True, Othello and The Believers. He has been nominated for an Olivier and a Tony Award for Best Choreography. He has co-written The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge 2nd ed.).

Prof. Mark Evans, Professor of Theatre Training is an international expert in movement training and physical theatre. His recent publications include: The Actor Training Reader (ed.) (Routledge, 2015) and The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq (co-ed.) (Routledge, 2016).

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, Head of School for Media and Performing Arts is associate editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and is vice chair for DanceHE. Her current research and artistic project flockOmania explores collaborative practice across dance, sound, film and the visual arts.

Although the course is in part delivered by Frantic Assembly the focus is on approaches to collaboration, not physical theatre. We are keen to have a range of potential collaborators on the course including performers, directors, writers, dancers, choreographers, composers and musicians.

Click here to visit the MA page on Coventry University's website.

Contact the Course Director at Coventry University for more information:

Andrea Barzey
Associate Head of Performing Arts

Recruitment and Admissions Office:

UK students only: +44 (0) 24 7765 4321
International and EU students: +44 (0) 24 7765 2152
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International and EU students: Enquire Now

Free Taster workshops will take place in London

  • Saturday 09 June 2018 from 12.00 - 14.30 at the Lyric Hammersmith
  • Saturday 14th September from 10.30 - 13.00, venue TBC. 

To book a place or for more information please contact Andrea Barzey on