Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Caitlin Wall

MA Applied Theatre and Intervention

Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background, where and what you studied previously etc?

I was born in England but my family and I moved to Strasbourg, France when I was two years old. In September 2013, I came to back to the UK to do a BA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. After graduating I decided to stay on and pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre and Intervention.

What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?

Having studied an undergraduate degree in the School I was very excited to hear that a Masters in applied theatre was available. I chose the course because I had already had great experiences in applied theatre at undergraduate level and wanted to pursue it further, as it is ultimately the area of work I want to go into after I complete my Masters.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

For me a key thing that makes me passionate about applied theatre is that it uses theatre and creative arts as a way to help people, even if it is only in a small way. The field itself is so vast and so many interesting practices exist under this broad term of applied theatre, including theatre in education, prison theatre and theatre in health services. Challenges exist in the field but it can also be so rewarding, so it’s great to be able to study this area in both a practical and theoretical manner.

What aspects of the course do/did you enjoy the most?

Thinking about the course itself I find the practical aspect the most interesting. Guest speakers come in and run workshops with us. These provide valuable experiences regardless of whether or not the field presented is one you want to go into yourself – you are still able to observe a professional practitioner, which gives you key insights into what skills a facilitator needs in workshop sessions, which is very important in applied theatre.

The School offers so many opportunities to students, whether it’s getting involved in external projects or having guest lecturers come in to talk to us about their work. The staff are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have really strong links with people and companies outside of the University, which is particularly valuable in this field.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

If applied theatre is a field that you want to go into, this course is definitely worth considering. I have learnt so much already and the course has really challenged me and made me reflect on how complex applied theatre can be and how this might affect any future practice I may engage in. There is so much support from tutors and they are really passionate about what they do, so the course is very rich and interesting.

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