Theatre Practices


The ArtEZ Master of Theatre Practices is a rigorous partly taught, partly research driven study, which challenges and expands the notion of performance and interrogates how embodied actions create social meanings.

The course is consisted of several modules that challenge you to open your horizons, interrogate your praxis, build your portfolio and contextualise your work.

1st Year Modules in 2018*

  • Practices and Challenges of Embodiment
  • Body in Performance
  • Artistic Research
  • Critical Encounters I
  • Bodies of Dissent
  • Feedback Frameworks
  • Studio Practice & Experimentation
  • Dramaturgical Practice & Making Public
  • Wild Bodies I

2nd Year Modules in 2018*

  • Post-Body Reflections
  • Ecologies of Performance, Communities & Participation
  • Critical Encounters II
  • Developing Research Lens
  • Dissemination and Documentation
  • Wild Bodies II
  • Dissertation by Practice

* Please note the taught modules listed above are intended to be offered by Theatre Practices in the 2018-19 academic year. The taught modules offered may vary from year to year. 

photo. Pedro Manuel, maker Jan Deboom, perf Eleni Mylona, Jan Deboom, Katie Ward, Conrad Useldinger
Maker Jan Deboom, Performance by Eleni Mylona, Jan Deboom, Katie Ward, Conrad Useldinger, Photo by Pedro Manuel

Intensive blocks of artistic residencies

The course applies a practice-as-research approach, balancing collective working periods with autonomous study. The programme is organized in intensive blocks of 3-5 weeks of studio investigations, workshops, lectures and mentoring sessions. The purpose and benefits of the intensive weekly blocks is threefold: (a) to provide the experience of learning and working in conditions similar to artistic residencies, (b) to facilitate a more concentrated and focused learning environment, and (c) to facilitate participation in the program of those artists and practitioners who cannot physically attend lecturers and seminars on a weekly basis due to their work and life outside Arnhem.

Research has shown that professionals in the field prefer delivery in intensive blocks, rather than on a weekly basis because it allows them to live and work outside Arnhem or the Netherlands and to commute to Arnhem only for a small amount of time. This mode attracts more mature and also international/EU students allowing a cross-cultural learning amongst the students. The blocks are allocated during periods when professional practitioners encounter usually a less heavy workload (summer time), giving them the opportunity to ask easier time off work and allowing them to concentrate fully to our course.

During the residential intensive collective weeks comprised of taught sessions, mentoring , seminars and workshops, students work closely with each other, a small core team of tutors and inter/national guests. Assignments are structured around artistic research with the aim of developing an attitude of enquiry. The possibility to interact both locally (within ArtEZ or in Arnhem), nationally and internationally, offers a challenging and stimulating environment for students.