• BA Creative Writing major

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  • BA Public and Professional Writing minor

    Develop writing skills for the real world

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  • BA Theatre Studies minor

    Follow your passion and get innovative skills

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  • School of English and Media Studies

    Compose your future


Theatre for the real world

Follow your passion and gain innovative skills with Massey University’s unique minor in Theatre Studies.  Perform the change you want to see in the world!

This exciting applied theatre and performing arts course combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques.  You will be given the opportunity to develop skills in acting, directing and playmaking as well as critical skills in the study of drama and creativity. The ability to apply these skills to business, community, education, and other contexts is a strong focus. Taught by awardwinning and passionate staff, you’ll be challenged to think critically and learn how to produce compelling creative performance outputs.

Massey is the only university in New Zealand where you can study theatre as part of a broader multidisciplinary Expressive Arts major or minor incorporating Media Production and Creative Writing.  You can also combine Theatre with English and Creative Writing, with Psychology, or History, or with Business, to focus on communication and leadership skills.

This minor will help prepare you for careers in fields such as public relations, film-making, drama teaching, journalism, speech writing and media training.

Summer Shakepeare brings ‘The Comedy of Errors’ to the Esplande, Palmerston Northexternal link

3:08 PM Tue 6 Mar 2018

Summer Shakespeare director Peter Hambleton has presented the Bard in Palmerston North before. In 2009 he directed Summer Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well on the car park in front of the Esplanade Scenic Railway station, incorporating t ... view full itemexternal link.

Inmates explore morals in Greek theatreexternal link

11:35 AM Wed 13 Dec 2017

Inmates performed an abridged version of an Ancient Greek play, using puppets. Is pride the ultimate crime? It is a big moral question that a group of inmates at Auckland Prison explored when they performed an Ancient Greek play using puppets, in a partne ... view full itemexternal link.

Penguins on stage and street in climate change action – Massey Universityexternal link

8:44 AM Thu 19 Oct 2017

Using theatre to turn people into penguins is a symbolic way to highlight some of the planet’s most vulnerable species in this year’s global Still Waving: Climate Change Theatre Action events in Wellington. Co-organiser Massey University’s Associate Profe ... view full itemexternal link.

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