MA Site-Specific Theatre Practice

Validated by the University of East Anglia

One Year (Full-Time)
Entry from January 2021
Applications now open

Mountview’s MA in Site-Specific Theatre Practice is provided in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall. The first course of its kind in the UK, the MA is created and led by Geraldine Pilgrim, a leading practitioner in the creation of site-specific theatre and installations.

The course is for students interested in highly specialised training across all elements of site-specific practice.

There are a maximum of seven students per cohort.

Site-specific theatre is a fast-growing art form that has captured the imagination of theatre and fine art practitioners throughout the UK and internationally. True site-specific theatre engages with a chosen site’s history, atmosphere and architecture to underpin devised or text-based narratives. Site-specific theatre is an art form in its own right, allowing a space to inform the final performance and acknowledging that the performance can only happen in the specific site.

The course is aimed at practitioners with an art or drama background wanting to diversify their artistic skills in the area of site-specific practice. Applications are welcomed from those with experience in the fine art, theatre or related industries as well as those currently studying at BA level.

What sets this course apart is that students will undertake a UK or overseas based residency to create a site-specific work.

Learning will cover practical skills and creative realisation as well as theoretical and methodological investigation.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice. There is continuous assessment across all modules. Assessment is based on coursework covering the skills elements of the course and marking of practical work.

Teaching will take place both at Mountview’s Peckham site and at Shoreditch Town Hall, an independent arts centre experienced in presenting site-specific theatre. Mountview’s collaboration with Shoreditch Town Hall will root students in a professional space enabling practical experimentation with the site-specific form and connection to established artists.

Geraldine Pilgrim, Artistic Director of Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company, has been making site-specific performances and installations for over twenty years in sites including empty office blocks, schools, hotels, swimming pools, factories, hospitals, castles, stately homes and public parks. Her links with site-specific companies, practitioners, theatre companies and live artists ensure that students will have access to a rich network of contacts as well as fine-tuned expertise.

Work created by previous MA Site-Specific Theatre Practice graduates as part of the course includes AP, “Who Knew The Old Man Had So Much Blood In Him?”, Inu and Copernican Dream / we are not alone.