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04 Dec 2018

Applications now open for the MA in Directing of Devised & Object Theatre

Applications now open for the MA in Directing of Devised & Object Theatre


A 2 year, English Language Master degree in Prague Application deadline, 15th February 2019

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(deadline to apply: February 15th!)

a 2 year English language program at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre (KALD)

Prague, Czech Republic.


The Master in Directing of Devised and Object Theatre offers advanced studies in the practice of theatre-making with a twofold focus: learning the process of devising a theatre performance from scratch, with a strong emphasis on a visuality of expression. Students will learn to create theatre performances with strong visual, spatial, object, media (low tech) as well as participatory, documentary, immersive and political aspects, as well as working in other related performance forms such as scenographic installations, sound performances, sound walks, interactive and public space performance as well as other types of performances with non-traditional theatre settings.

The process is based in devising techniques: creating thematic, conceptual, and/or documentary projects that are not based in pre-written plays, but are created mainly through the process of rehearsing, often as collaborative work of the whole creative team.

Students will learn to work with variety of authentic, found, and created material: poetry, images, fragments of plays, songs, historical events, personal stories, scientific findings, common knowledge, pop culture etc. Students will further learn a conceptual approach to research and development of materials, creating specific performance structures (in the sense of narrative, space, and relationship to audience), from specific material, and proposing new ways for audience to perceive/experience the performance. The course aims to provide the students with skills to become independent authors.

The degree is in directing, where directing is understood as an expanded practice, with the potential to work within the fields of design, writing, and performing, to prepare students for work in theatre forms without strict divisions of roles within the creative team. Students will be guided toward becoming independent creators making their own artistic work. Devising includes both creating and performing. The conceptual and performed aspects are often intertwined.

For their own projects, students are partnered with prominent practicing artists working in the fields ofmedia, site specific, community theatre, movement theatre, documentary theatre, puppet theatre, visual theatre, scenographic installation etc., for tutoring.

The main focus of the study is to develop student's own language, style and aesthetics, and to explore their own voice.

Students will further have a possibility to create direct connection to and do internships with international artists and in international environments and institutions as well as connection to Czech artists and companies.


Directing theatre performances without ´script´

Devising performance from a variety of material

Devising using one's own material (not only interpreting already existing material)

Research and development of material

Creation of a variety of dramaturgical structures and research of material

Performing, and working with performers

Directing understood as complex performance making including designing, performing, writing etc.