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European Devised Performance Practice

Columbia College Chicago

M.A.
24 months
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1253 USD/credit
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About

The European Devised Performance Practice program at the Columbia College Chicago emphasizes the fact that modern theatre is in a time of transformation. Today’s performing artists have adopted a collaborative approach known as devised performance. 

Overview

The European Devised Performance Practice program at the Columbia College Chicago  has produced some of the most innovative and compelling theatre to date. Join this artistic movement by enrolling in one of our graduate theatre programs in partnership with Arthaus Berlin International School (formerly LISPA). 

Drawing inspiration from dance, visual arts, and traditional theatre, the programs emphasize collaboration as the main expressive tool for the creation of original work. Devised performance is also known as physical theatre, movement theatre, body-based theatre, or visual performance. The MA and MFA programs are inspired by the ideas of Jacques Lecoq, a central figure in mid-20th-century European physical theatre training.

Opportunities

The second year for MFA students is based in Chicago, where you’ll learn the theory and history of devised performance. This is where MA students will also join the program. You’ll develop your thesis project, the culminating performance of your degree. In the spring semester, your cohort will use its practice-based research to form an ensemble company and create an original piece of theatre. 

This original piece will be performed in Chicago with one of Columbia’s collaborative partners, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Your thesis must include visual and written documentation detailing every stage of the process, from conception to performance. The research component will be on public display during the performances.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Prod Tech: Crew
  • Lighting Design 
  • Spectacle Theatre Design and Performance
  • Beginning Puppetry
  • Introduction to Auditioning
  • Intro to Directing 
  • Theatre History & Inquiry
  • Comedy: Theory

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee: $60
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Self-Assessment Essay
Portfolio:
  • A portfolio is optional. You should submit one only if you feel that it greatly enhances your application.
Interview:
  • An audition/interview is required during the admissions process. Options for taking part in the audition/interview include URTA Satellite Auditions in New York City (January 19-22), in Chicago (January 29-February 1), or at an audition workshop to be held at Columbia College Chicago on Friday, January 26.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1253 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1253 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1253 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1253 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1253 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1253 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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