MA Collaborative Theatre

Working alongside national and international theatre practitioners and companies, students on Fourth Monkey’s MA Collaborative Theatre create and strategically develop their own theatre company, becoming artistic directors and professional creative theatre makers in the process.

The unique and creative ensemble training approach on this course encourages students to explore entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary collaborative practices to devise and produce intelligent and brave professional theatre from creative conception through to final delivery.

Applications: Applications to audition for 2022 intake are now open
Course Delivery: One Year (Full-time) or Two Years (Part-time)

Training Provider: Fourth Monkey
Location: The Monkey House, London

Qualification: Master of Arts
Awarding Partner: Falmouth University

About the Course

An industry-bridging training course, Fourth Monkey’s MA Collaborative Theatre has been designed to provide performers and artists from a variety of disciplines with an opportunity to explore and evolve the specific skills required for the professional contemporary collaborative theatre making sector, as well as to meet and make connections with like-minded creatives with whom they can make work and form fledging theatre companies.

Working within an ensemble training environment, students receive holistic training in the processes and practices necessary to establish thriving, fledging theatre companies, aimed at empowering a sustainable career as an artist and theatre maker after graduation. Through the course of their postgraduate training, students discover the history and theory behind collaborative theatre making, take part in practical sessions exploring texts and developing professional practice, such as professionally pitching and presenting creative ideas, and revising and reviewing through an R&D process. The culmination of training on the course will be a full production of all students’ own original work in a professional performance setting.

MA Collaborative Theatre students work alongside established national and international theatre practitioners and companies, collaborating with artists and creatives from a wide range of disciplines, and exploring the various ways of making and sharing professional theatre work available to them. Practitioners and creatives who have previously worked with our MA Collaborative Theatre students include IROKO Theatre Company founder Alex Oma-Pius, Japanese Noh Theatre practitioner Sachi Kimura Lawson and Peter Brook Ensemble collaborator Sean O’Callaghan.


Core Modules on the MA Collaborative Theatre

Technique Classes (including Uta Hagen & Meisner), Theory in Practice, Creative Process & Realisation

Inter-disciplinary Collaboration, Devised Ensemble Project Development, Business Planning, Funding & Company Management

Complicite, Laban, Le Coq, Corporeal Mime, Grotowski & Exploration of Ensemble Theatre Practice.

Collaborative Theatre Practice, Professional Research & Development, Ensemble Performance & Creating a Theatre Company.

Course Delivery

Students training on Fourth Monkey’s MA Collaborative Theatre work alongside acclaimed established industry partners and professionals on the core thematic modules of their training. Students are also afforded opportunity to create and produce their own original work under the guidance and mentorship of these world-renowned practitioners and companies. Practical training and professional practice alongside extensive seminars and project-based learning relating to; production, project management, marketing and funding, expand and enrich the student experience and knowledge. These are fundamental to the holistic approach on the training programme.

Professional theories which have shaped the emergence of collaborative theatre making historically, internationally and across the contemporary industry will be primarily investigated through embodied practice and collaborative activity. Throughout the training, students are expected to work practically in the studio to explore the texts, processes and methodologies, constructing their embodied knowledge and understanding in the process. The training journey on this course will be unique to each student, through these interdisciplinary methodologies students will identify patterns and connections between theory, practices, approaches and production to form unique personal process and professional practice.

The MA Collaborative Theatre rigorously explores collaborative process toward performance. Research activity enables students to identify, investigate and evaluate a diverse range of source materials and embodied physical activity as part of performance creation.

Students are expected to engage practically with the holistic nature of theatre making and to undertake production roles which contribute to the realisation of professional performance; an intense extended student-led creation project supported via a mentorship team of professional theatre practitioners who guide students unique creative interrogation and artistic realisation of their work from R&D to full production of their own new creative theatre work in a professional performance setting.


There is a sense of punk and rock n’ roll about the place. It feels fresh, passionate and up for it.

Jonjo O’Neill, Actor & Patron

Students are also afforded the opportunity to build professional networks alongside further developing their own understanding and embodiment of the concepts, contexts and principles of contemporary collaborative theatre making via Fourth Monkey’s Evolve programme. This Continuing Professional Development programme provides opportunity to experience additional range of professional development practices: acting and performance workshops, guest-led masterclasses and industry seminars and Q & A sessions.

This course has a full time (one year) and a part time (two year) option. Both pathways are equally constructed to empower each student to take ownership of their training and in part, design a personalised training journey borne of their own areas of interest and developmental needs, yet still retain the core framework of structured modules focused on providing a generous, creative ensemble theatre making environment

The full time option will allow you to engage intensively and holistically with your training, as its momentum and acceleration promote a fully immersive and concentrated experience. The part time option will allow you to engage with more flexibility, space and life balance, as your training extends across two years and the study load reduces to suit those with professional or family commitments.

A Sustainable Career

Fourth Monkey’s training has always been focused on equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to establish a sustainable career in the arts, create original work alongside traditional performance routes into the industry and the majority of our alumni have successfully gained agent representation upon finishing their training with us.

An ever-increasing number of Fourth Monkey alumni are empowered to use the theatre making skills gained during their training to form fledging theatre companies with their classmates, going on to create and produce their own projects both here in the U.K. and internationally. Our Alumni also regularly collaborate with established, internationally renowned companies such as Punchdrunk, Frantic Assembly, Theatre Re, Les Enfants Terribles and Action to the Word.

Entry Requirements

Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone who applies to train with us at audition. Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer requirements and processes can be found on our Auditions Page.

As part of an application for the MA Collaborative Theatre, all applicants are required to submit a link to a short portfolio piece or presentation (maximum 3 minutes in length). This submission should give an insight into the applicant as a creative, performer and/or theatre maker, showcasing their creative process, experience, and engagement with the chosen medium, materials, and discipline.

MA Collaborative Theatre applicants are also required to submit examples of previous performance and theatre experience, and space is provided for this on our online application form.

Our panel will then use applicants’ portfolio submission and details of any previous performance and theatre experience as the foundation for one-on-one interviews as part of the audition process.

Admission onto the MA Collaborative Theatre is by Audition.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.
  • Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential.
  • Applicants are assessed at audition solely on merit.

Upon completion of a successful audition, to accept any offer to study made by Fourth Monkey, you must register and satisfactorily adhere to the Admissions Policy of our Awarding Partner, Falmouth University prior to the completion of enrolment for the course.

If you have any questions regarding Entry Requirements, please do get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team.

Fees & Funding

Students on the MA Collaborative Theatre course are able to access Student Finance for post-graduate loans towards tuition fees and maintenance loan towards living expenses. 

  Tuition Fees


  Additional Costs
  Fourth Monkey Uniform £60+
  KneePads £5+
  Padlock (Coded) £5+

For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the website. There are also alternative funding avenues open to students, information on these are available on our Funding page.

EU & International Students

Fourth Monkey are a diverse school who have welcomed students from all over the world supporting them throughout their vocational training journey with us creating industry ready professional actors and theatre makers.

Student Visa

Following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU unfortunately ended on 31 December 2020. EU citizens may now require a visa for studying in the UK. This does not apply to Irish nationals, or anyone who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

If you have already completed an application under the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you do not require a visa. Prior to formal offer for a place to study you will be required to confirm settled or pre-settled status.

If you do not have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you can apply before 30 June 2021 under the EU Settlement Scheme and are eligible for the scheme if you lived in the UK or arrived before the end of the transition period.

We regret that this course is not currently available to EU or International applicants who would require a Student Route Visa.

English Language Requirements

Applicants should have excellent conversational English and be able to understand a variety of texts. As with UK applicants, our audition panel will be assessing how you deliver your speeches and interact with the panel at interview.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard expected of UK applicants, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

A full list of English Language tests can be found on our awarding partner Falmouth University’s website:

Fees & Funding

As part of our commitment to Accessibility, Fourth Monkey do not charge increased tuition fees to International Students.

The UK government announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Please see for more details.

We recommend contacting the Department of Education in your home country for details of any government funding or scholarships which may be available to you for overseas study.

Resources for International Students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a helpful resource to find information and advice for international students, including Brexit, immigration, funding, fees and wellbeing.

Any EU or International applicants who have questions regarding applying and studying with Fourth Monkey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Admissions Team who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Course Assessment

The purpose of assessment is to measure progress and achievement throughout the course. Assessment is the formal review point which generates feedback on work, allowing students to develop their practice and performance more effectively by identifying specific areas and activities for them to work on.

In keeping with the nature of the learning on this course, the majority of assessments are practical and adjudicated. Students are assessed individually through solo or ensemble performances and practical tasks, with marks given accordingly against the personal demonstration of the skills being assessed.

Professional enhancement opportunities are also provided throughout the MA Collaborative Theatre which compliment learning and the course content, these aspects are not assessed to allow everyone to explore various practices with a unique freedom only found in the Fourth Monkey approach to professional training.

Ongoing individual holistic and developmental support from the Training Team is central to the Fourth Monkey training philosophy, with students receiving opportunities for self-reflection and self-care alongside constructive feedback and pastoral support throughout their training.

All Fourth Monkey students are also required at all times to maintain high levels of professional conduct regarding attendance, promptness and preparation which is expected and compulsory.

Awarding Partner

The Master of Arts for Fourth Monkey’s Collaborative Theatre course is awarded by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

Falmouth University are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, noted for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

Fourth Monkey professional vocational training courses are informed by industry research, development and relevance. Structures, modules and assessments may periodically change as part of the training curriculum enhancement and review. Up to date module and assessment information is made available to all students upon completion of enrolment with both Fourth Monkey and Falmouth University.

The Monkey House

The MA Collaborative Theatre is delivered at our North London training base, The Monkey House.

You can explore our dynamic, inclusive training environment, modern, fit-for purpose studio spaces and bustling creative hub via our virtual 360 tour of the Monkey House.


Our Training Ethos

Theatre and acting is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an ensemble atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.


It’s been training as it should be.

Emily, 2020 Alumni

Fourth Monkey are dedicated to creating a learning environment which embeds inclusive excellence into all aspects of our work. We are actively against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of our staff, students and participants regardless of; age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, health or disability, socio-economic background or religion.

We want students to thrive and excel during their time with us. We are committed to removing potential barriers, offering tailored support and making reasonable adjustments to our professional vocational training, based on individual need.

MA Collaborative Theatre students have access to Fourth Monkey’s Evolve programme of masterclasses, weekend intensives and short courses, aimed at providing additional professional development opportunities for creatives and performers and opportunities to meet likeminded creatives outside the training studio.

A diverse variety of skills, practices and disciplines are included in the London and Bristol Evolve programmes for 2021, from acting skills masterclasses to collaborative theatre making intensives.