Think, Create and Live Performance

Welcome to Edge Hill University’s Performing Arts Department, located with its fabulous facilities, in the heart of our beautiful prize-winning campus, near the historic Lancashire town of Ormskirk.  For many years our department has enjoyed collaborations with a number of prestigious artistic institutions, recently these have included The Tate Liverpool, The Everyman Theatre, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.  Many of our students have gone on to enjoy careers in the arts, either as performers, administrators or teachers; our lively Employer Advisory Panel with some 45 members and our growing number of professional student companies are pivotal in developing professional experience and exposure for our students.

Our department is home to a number of study programmes across the disciplines of Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre, Music, Contemporary Performance and also allows opportunity to study Circus Arts and Theatre, Costume and Make-up Design – with many opportunities for interdisciplinary work along the way.  The University’s two theatres, as well as hosting a wonderfully diverse set of visiting professional shows, also offer our students fantastic professional grade estate within which to gain industry experience.

The Department of Performing Arts prides itself on being forward-thinking and embracing of innovation and diversity of practice.  During your time with us you will be encouraged to continually make and create Performing Art work, which will be underpinned by rigorous theoretical perspective; deeply embedded within our curricula, offering you significant insight into the related professions.

Our mission is to develop thinking, creative performance art practitioners, where our students become technically accomplished, critically engaged and analytically aware performers, authors, choreographers, composers, directors, programmers, designers and/or scenographers from within a well-supported student community.  You will be led in your learning journey by an academic team profoundly committed to excellence in teaching and who are all currently practicing artistic professionals or published academics in their own right with a network of contacts that stretch around the globe: from New Zealand to Oklahoma City; from Bogota to Zagreb and Vilnius and many more besides.  Our students are continually encouraged to take advantage of these links and to engage with an internationalised educative experience.


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