Drama Directing
Bachelor or Master in Dramatic Arts

Drama - Directing

Your training in details

Directing

Accompanied by renowned theatre makers, you gain insight into the various techniques and media connected to the performing arts through workshops. In the theory classes, you analyse the different theatre traditions and contexts and develop your own conceptual framework. But it is mainly on the stage where you examine what the theatre of the future might look like and where your own urges and desires lie from which you want to address an audience.

In these workshops we ask how we can introduce society into the theatre, which urgencies of our time we can get to people through theatre and what is needed today to stimulate the public's imagination. Can theatre bombard the digital society with a vital experience? Can we still make Shakespeare urgent or should we rather connect Breakdancers and Dada? What do we put at stake and how do we get someone to play? Can we create a place through theatre where it is pleasant or challenging for the spectator to stay?

In practical exercises with your fellow students from other disciplines, you convert your acquired expertise from the techniques and your findings from the workshops into performances.
You are a maker who steers, coaches and inspires playfully, but also dares to lose track, scans your own boundaries and constantly (re)discover yourself. Throughout this process you learn to be the instigator of theatre projects with a particular and significant signature.

This training makes you resilient for a fascinating and influential career in the theatrical field. 

Master

The “directing” track (language: Dutch, English or French) – we tend to prefer the broader neologism “theatre maker” – focuses on the development of your individual work and will take the form of a coherent hands-on research track that will be elaborated by means of two fully-fledged artistic projects (public presentations). This track presupposes considerable experience in the concerned artistic activities. 

This MA programme is hosted by the theatre department of RITCS | School of Arts, which also organizes BA programs in acting, directing and theatre technique (production, light design, set design, sound and video). Our MA programme welcomes prospective candidates with a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts. The RITCS Master of Theatre is internationally acknowledged and accredited by the NVAO.

You will work in an interdisciplinary environment aimed at the development of your personal work as a performer or director, whether this work is developed individually or in close collaboration with other artists. You will work within the broad field of (music) theatre and performance art. The backbone of this tailor-made MA programme will be taken up by your practice-based artistic research, which will be developed in permanent negotiation with an audience and the broader context of the arts world. At the end of the academic year the graduation projects are presented in a festival which the school organizes in collaboration with Bronks (www.bronks.be), Kaaitheater (www.kaaitheater.be) and KVS (www.kvs.be).

If you wish to discover more about the program, please find further details via 'master' or in our information brochure.

Teaching staff

The Master in Theatre is coordinated by a mentor who will act as your artistic and intellectual sparring partner throughout the year, together with a team of staff members.

The programme works with a wide variety of artists, dramaturges and academics, including: Dirk Verstockt (dramaturge, director, critic), Eurudike De Beul (singer, Peeping Tom), Ruud Gielens (actor, director), Stef Lernous (director Abattoir Fermé), Geert Opsomer (dramaturgy), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (theory), Raven Ruëll (director), Klaas Tindemans (dramaturgy), Harry Cole (light design), Carly Wijs (actor, director), Tania van der Sanden (actor), Sanja Mitrovic (director, performer), Tom Dupont (writer, director) and many others. Students in the directing track can propose their own coaches. The theory seminars are taught by our in-house professors Lieven De Cauter, Geert Opsomer, and Dominiek Hoens.

Admission

Students holding a Flemish BA degree in Drama (acting) have direct access to the MA programme in Performing Arts (acting). However, participating in the auditions and subsequent workshop is highly recommended. All other candidates should follow the application procedure. For full information on how to apply, we would like to ask you to consult our information brochure with all further details on the procedure and minimum requirements

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About

In both cases (acting and directing) you will be asked to prepare a short presentation / performance / act that will provide the jury with an insight in your personal universe. As a starting point you take an existing text (a theatre text, a self-written text, a passage from a novel, etc.). Use this text as a basis to create a performance or intervention that is theatrically interesting for a spectator. The live dimension of your intervention is, of course, of crucial importance. In other words, you need to perform something live on stage yourself. The presentation takes 10 to 15 min.
 

Candidates for the acting program will receive an additional text (in Dutch) which they will need to memorize and perform.
  Candidates for the directing program will be asked to bring a portfolio containing personal work, sources of inspiration, crucial documents, etc. 

When


Deadline admission: 18.03.2020 
Audition: 29.04.2020 
Workweek: 29.06.2020 - 03.07.2020 

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