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About Theatre

“If you want to get your hands dirty making theatre, YSJ is the place for you.”

“If you have an interest in the world we live in and want to seek that understanding through the vehicle of theatre, this is the place for you.”

Photo of Dave RichmondDavid Richmond, Senior Lecturer, believes that the appeal of a BA in Theatre at YSJ is not simply academic but an emotional and kinetic one. He explains, “Imagine that you have read all the books in the world about Shoah (The Holocaust) but still not understood it. A trip to Auschwitz with the second year Theatre course would give you the opportunity to understand it differently - bringing your intellectual understanding together with a much more embodied understanding of this historic 20th century event. That’s the difference theatre can make.”

“The essence of theatre is that we use our resource - the human body, the human voice, our individual and collective intellect - to tell other people’s stories,” he adds.

But that’s not all. At YSJ the Theatre course also helps students to expand their experience of different theatre traditions building on and diversifying the skills and knowledge that students arrive with. Getting directly involved with the production process builds a strong professional awareness of how to work critically, creatively and safely within a production environment - both on and off campus. Theatre supports the development of extremely valuable transferrable skills which are applicable to excellent collaborative working in theatre and which also are core skills for a wide variety of other professionals. The ability to interact and communicate effectively with different audiences, to take individual responsibility and work collaboratively are core professional skills required in the world of work.

Students can expect on average to spend 15-18 hours a week working in the Faculty performance spaces. Workshops and lectures with members of staff  act as a catalyst for student groups to make and respond to a series of creative and critical challenges. The first six weeks will be spent understanding the technical equipment so that you can make your own work and operate safely in the studios being supported and guided by our theatre technical demonstrator staff.

International Summer School '11The second year, says David, is more like an apprenticeship and involves working with a member of staff using theatre as a tool.  The third year allows students to demonstrate their ability to make, stage and perform and reflect upon their theatre making skills. It's the year in which to formally test an emerging theatre vision and voice. Theatre students have the opportunity to create ‘zines, chapbooks, catalogues or portfolios as part of their experience of theatre as documenting the working process of theatre making as well as the final product being increasingly important as part of a life long creative portfolio and CV.  “The point is to make work which intertwines the critical and reflective and the creative, what we call ‘braiding’ “says David.

“Students come to university to change their lives. This ought to be a transformative place.”

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Theatre Pages
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Theatre pages issue 8 spring 2014

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