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Theatre BA (Hons)

Theatre BA (Hons)

Theatre at York St John is explored through practice and we have several specialist studio spaces and numerous other spaces that all have the capacity for students to experience workshop methods, perform group work, duets, solo work, devised or text based productions. As well as being used for teaching practice our spaces enable students to rehearse in their own time as well as being used for visiting lectures. We have a touring venue called Performing House that invites contemporary performance companies to our campus.

Students also have great opportunities to enhance their international experience of theatre making through our network of international partners. "If you want to get your hands dirty making theatre, YSJ is the place for you.” You can enhance your existing theatre making skills by engaging with the rich diversity of different theatre making traditions that we explore here at York St John. Working with theatre scripts, devising new work for the studio or working site-specifically are options to explore as you define your particular passion for theatre making.

You can study our Theatre programme as a Specialist degree.

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Research at YSJ is an important part of our approach to teaching and learning. Students engage with staff in subjects as varied as arts and health, the processes of performance making, audience research, historical contexts for autobiography and the feminine, theatre as witness and social theatre techniques with young people and women.

  Opportunities exist in the programme for students to see professional work that tours to the region and well as taking full advantage of the cultural offer that takes place in London and Glasgow in relation to the international theatre work at The Barbican in London or The Tramway and National Review of Live Art, both in Glasgow.  

Professional theatre companies are regular visitors to YSJ theatre. YSJ students have also been involved in York Theatre Royal’s pioneering Takeover festival, which sees young people aged between 16 and 25 completely take over the venue for a short season, we have been part of the city’s Mystery Play cycle and there are regular visits to national and regional theatre.