Why Theatre Studies? – OurWarwick
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Why Theatre Studies?

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Rosanna Holmes | Theatre and Performance Studies Contact Rosanna

For me, one of the trickiest parts of the university application process was actually choosing a course. It’s quite daunting to choose a subject to devote three plus years of your life to, and because I enjoyed all of my A-level subjects, it took me a while to decide what path to go down. Eventually, I chose to do a single-honours theatre degree, so here’s some of the reasons why:

Career opportunities

This phrase can be slightly triggering for anyone in the entertainment industry right now. Obviously the pandemic has had a huge effect on this sector, including how it is taught and how many people can get a job. Theatre is a difficult industry to get into, but if you’re thinking of studying theatre you’ve already been told this plenty of times. The thing that put my mind at ease was that, at Warwick, the theatre department is dedicated to teaching you theatrical skills which are valued far beyond the realm of traditional theatre.

Theatre graduates often end up working in teaching and education, community projects, human resources and many other careers which require compassion and communication skills. Why? Because these qualities are at the core of theatre making. You need to be able to work successfully in a team, be good at artistic interpretation, and have the commitment to see a project to the end.

Practical work

I’ve always preferred the theory side of theatre, however the practical elements of my degree are actually what I look forward to the most. On Friday mornings I have a four-hour practical for my “Theatre in the Community” module, and it always finishes my week on a high. Doing exercises like improvisation or problem solving make you venture outside of your comfort zone, and – again – learn new skills which employers are looking for. With online classes, it can be very easy to sit at home all day, so practical classes get you energised and out of your room, and lets you interact with coursemates face to face.

The students

The theatre department at Warwick is relatively small, which is ultimately what made me choose Warwick over other Russell group universities. Because of this, everyone knows each other, and the lecturers aren’t spread across a large cohort of students. Furthermore, theatre students are always lively, welcoming and happy to help you out, so making friends is extremely easy. Even though it sounds incredibly cheesy, the theatre department and the people in it are like my home away from home.

Interdisciplinarity

Theatre is inherently interdisciplinary. In order to study it successfully, you need to look at literature, history, philosophy, sociology and even disciplines in the scientific field. In my “Mad, Bad and Sad” module, in order to properly understand the history of madness and mental illness, I’ve read about drug treatments, psychiatry and the politics of mental institutions.

Of course, if you end up not choosing theatre, there are still so many ways to take part in productions. There’s societies which always ask for cast and production crew for shows, and the theatre department offers up some of their modules to non-theatre students.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Rosanna Holmes | Theatre and Performance Studies Contact Rosanna

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