MA in Theatre & Performative Practices

Masters in Theatre and Performative Practices - Queer Year 2020-21

MA Student Research Performance Do you want to challenge yourself to expand your understanding of theatre and performance? Do you have a passion for difference on stage? Do you want to immerse yourself in an exciting post-graduate environment where your unique perspectives, contributions and creativity are valued, expanded, and refined? Do you want to plunge into and develop new ideas about theatre and performance? Or, do you want to experiment with how to make performance – in the widest sense – that address neglected themes – maybe crosses disciplines – and through so doing, reach new audiences in new ways with effervescent yet challenging material? Then this programme is for you.





This year is QUEER YEAR in the MA TPP. When we use the term Queer, we mean it in the widest sense. If you want to work in an environment where unique difference is celebrated; where non-mainstream performance practices and theatrical languages are explored; and where you can chart and navigate territories of how difference in identity can be used to engage, challenge, and stimulate response, reflection and social debate, this is the year for you! You might identify as LGBTQI+, genderqueer, or as differently Abled… you might identify as occupying a minority category of other kinds… or you might simply want to challenge the ways that you think about performance, inspired by the theories and practices of intersectional difference on stage.

To facilitate this, we’re partnering with pioneering, exciting and internationally renowned company THISISPOPBABY, whose associate artist/key collaborators will act as mentors to this group. Three times during your study, you will meet with a mentor to discuss your goals, ambitions and work. The mentor will act as a sounding board for you, and suggest ideas, challenge, or support you, to take your ideas further. The mentors aren’t ‘teachers’ – rather, with them, you experience privileged moments of exchange that can help inspire the next steps of your work and career.



In your first semester, you are immersed in a process that explores the relationship between delving into key ideas, concepts, and theatre practice, and you explore and deepen how these relate to one another. This year, there will be a particular emphasis on performance and the politics of difference.

From your second semester onward, you begin to focus on a theme of your choice, and you produce a piece of unique research.

That research might be traditional and scholarly, or it might be embodied in practice: through experimenting with making work, or it might be both!

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Our department 

Any way you take it, working inside one of the most unique and daring theatre departments in Europe will help you refine your thinking, enhance your practice, and re-imagine your future. Our connections inside and outside the theatre industry are broad and engaged. And, the situation of this programme alongside our MA in Arts Administration and Creative Producing means real opportunities to collaborate with budding professionals who enable, work to finance, and structure the performance ‘business’ of the future.


Programme Leader 

The programme will be led this year by Yvon Bonenfant, PhD, Head of Department, Theatre. Yvon is a specialist in voice, difference, devising, queerdom, audience reach, and unusual performance-making methods and outcomes. He both makes work and produces theory. Teaching and research staff on the team include contributors from across the department and guests.


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree (2H2 or above), and should be able to demonstrate an established commitment to theatre and / or performative practices.

Applicants with significant professional-level performance practice or interdisciplinary art experience will also be considered.

Applicants will be asked to attend a workshop and/or interview with staff from Drama and Theatre Studies. Screen arrangements may be made in the case of applications from international students.

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Department of Theatre

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Muskerry Villas, Western Road, Cork City T12 AW97