Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate programmes available within the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

As one of the best of the established British university drama departments, the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham enjoys a highly respected national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research in the study of Drama.

The Department is a leader in practical theatre making, and places the role of the performer at the centre of the theatrical event. Students also acquire an all around theoretical knowledge of theatre, as well as direct experience of performance.

Dr Adam Ledger, Jon Cheek and Roxanne Mclean will be available for a Live Q&A between 12:00-13:00.

One of our postgraduate mentors studied in the department of Drama and Theatre Arts:

You are welcome to Marlien any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the Department.

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Adam Ledger

    Adam is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Jon Cheek

    Jon is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (Postgraduate Research Courses) for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Roxanne Mclean

    Roxanne is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for. We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Friday 4 March 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.


Michael asked:

Hi Adam, Thanks for the reply. I am British currently living in New York and regularly come back to the UK. I am interested in running a performance workshop here that would form the practice-based inquiry into devising/improvising for the screen. I was wondering if the practice was accessible as video, if this might be possible to use? Also, I see that nobody in the department has film/media performance under their interests- could it be possible in this case to have extra supervision in another department, i.e. film studies. Sorry for the long questions!

Adam replied:


drop me an email direct about this –

Michael asked:

If it is too much to answer now, my email is – thanks!

Jon replied:

I think the messages may have crossed here Michael – Adam is responding to your last question now (I have removed your email address 🙂

Phillip asked:

How many students choose to study for the PhD via distance learning?

Jon replied:

Hi Phillip – sorry for the delay with this one. We offer distance learning across all subject areas, but I dont have the figures to hand – if you email me so I have your email, I can let you know after the chat as the session is finishing soon (

Michael asked:

Is it possible to do the practice-as-research option via distance learning

Adam replied:


Yes and no! Technically, yes, it would be possible to do the practice based PhD via distance learning (DL). However, the reality is that examiners would need to see the practice and are UK based, since it is part of the total thesis submission, and the supervisor also would need to see and assist with the practice. In once case, the student is bringing her final practice to the UK but there are still issue to resolve around how the supervisor can see it. The other way is to do practice that is solo or concerns pedagogy, etc and that might be done when you are over for the annual trip. So, the issue to solve is how the practice could actually be done locally.

Also, where are you based? DL is really for overseas students (we have several) and not needed for UK based students as you can travel to UoB to see your supervisor monthly and we can do some of that via Skype, etc