When I found the Theatre and Performance Studies MA at King's I instantly knew that it was the programme for me. King's offered the reputable research environment I was looking for, and the MA specifically offered the opportunity to take a guided study module and intern for a term. And just as exciting, both offered, from my first correspondence, knowledgeable and welcoming teaching and departmental staff.
Now that I have begun my study, I am consistently impressed and awed by both the opportunity I have to participate in various Theatre and Performance Studies seminars and lecture groups across the city, and by the knowledge and opportunities at home at King's
The exposure I have had to various working artists in the classroom, through the Performance Lab module (a term-long workshop in performance making run by currently working artists and King's teaching staff) and the guided study internship have been invaluable in my growth as an academic and performer. The Theatre and Performance Theory module has challenged me to hone analytical performance thinking skills which will be important in my future career, as a university researcher and professor.
Having previously engaged with applied and community theatre practice as an undergraduate at Central School of Speech and Drama, I wanted to expand my theoretical and academic knowledge of performance work on a broader scale.
I'm doing the MA part-time in order to continue working as a freelance practitioner. I work as a drama and digital arts facilitator for C&T Theatre Company, and in an adolescent psychiatric unit. I'm also lead vocalist in a band writing and performing music. Understanding the theory and research methods behind theatre and performance studies feeds my creative practice as a drama practitioner and musician. Likewise, my performance practice is constantly being fuelled by the ongoing discovery of new areas of study, which in turn complements my academic engagement.
I received an Innovation Scholarship to help fund my maintenance and tuition fees, without which I would have been unable to study. The scholarship has meant that I can afford to spend time researching and further enhancing my study without financial worries.
After graduating I hope to develop my own performance practice combining live performance and music. The various modules on offer to choose from, such as Performance Lab, Guided Study and Performance and Live Art, will undoubtedly equip me with the skills required to feel confident in applying this practice to further experimentation within the field.
Outside the course I'm learning to break dance with the King's Dance Society, I go out every week salsa dancing and at the weekends escape London with my local cycling club.
I fund my living costs working part-time at the LSE and I'm planning to work full time over the summer to pay my fees for next year - it just about works!
After the programme I would like to continue my academic studies alongside building a creative career. The MA is giving me a brilliant foundation for a PhD and helping me to build invaluable connections and experience for the future.
I feel that I've gained a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches to theatre and performance, and as someone without a background in performance of any kind, investigating performance as research has had a huge and productive effect on my practice.
Having started out the year feeling very uncomfortable with performing even just in front of my classmates, my confidence has developed to the point that I will be presenting a performed panel at Performance Studies International in Leeds this summer. I supplement my teaching at King's by regularly attending research seminars at other London institutions, giving me unparalleled access to some of the most cutting-edge thinking in the field.
I'm hoping to stay at King's to do PhD research into the links between performance studies and non-philosophy, utilising the skills I've developed during the past year of MA study and working under the same staff who have supported me so effectively during this stage of my education. I would absolutely recommend the course both to those hoping to continue studying and to those looking to find work in the arts industry.