Master Theatre

Drama - Directing


The “directing” track (language: Dutch, English or French) – we tend to prefer the broader neologism “theatre maker” – focuses on the development of your individual work and will take the form of a coherent hands-on research track that will be elaborated by means of two fully-fledged artistic projects (public presentations). This track presupposes considerable experience in the concerned artistic activities. 

This MA programme is hosted by the theatre department of RITCS | School of Arts, which also organizes BA programs in acting, directing and theatre technique (production, light design, set design, sound and video). Our MA programme welcomes prospective candidates with a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts. The RITCS Master of Theatre is internationally acknowledged and accredited by the NVAO.

You will work in an interdisciplinary environment aimed at the development of your personal work as a performer or director, whether this work is developed individually or in close collaboration with other artists. You will work within the broad field of (music) theatre and performance art. The backbone of this tailor-made MA programme will be taken up by your practice-based artistic research, which will be developed in permanent negotiation with an audience and the broader context of the arts world. At the end of the academic year the graduation projects are presented in a festival which the school organizes in collaboration with Bronks (www.bronks.be), Kaaitheater (www.kaaitheater.be) and KVS (www.kvs.be).

If you wish to discover more about the program, please find further details via 'master' or in our information brochure, soon to be online.


The MA programme in Theatre offers extensive possibilities of reflexion, research and consultation and focuses on individual and collective artistic research, critical (self-) reflexion, autonomy, interdisciplinarity and dialogue.

Twice a year (at the beginning of the academic year and at the end of April) you will have the opportunity to present your individual work(-in-progress). You will work with students from the technical theatre programme who will support you in realizing your own work in professional circumstances. 

The content of the directing programme will be developed in function of your research proposal. You will work with RITCS staff members and with coaches that have been selected in function of your own research track and you will develop your work through a permanent dialogue with fellow-students, an individual mentor and coaches.

The programme consists of the following modules: 

  • A topical seminar in the field of political theory, philosophy, cultural theory or art theory;
  • The presentation of your individual work (solo);
  • (optional) participation in the RITCS Winter School: a collective thematic module or research block hosted by RITCS staff members and featuring artists of international reputation (elective);
  • Collective and individual feedback sessions;
  • A collective workshop focusing on the mental and artistic organization of your research track; 
  • A dramaturgical and production-oriented module focusing on the preparation of your individual projects; 
  • An individual research track consisting of two projects that are presented to an audience. In the first case internal RITCS staff member will act as your coach, for your second project that will be hosted by one of our partner institutions you will be given the opportunity to select your own artistic coach.

Collaborations have been set up with the following institutions: Conservatoire de Liège, Theaterschool Amsterdam (Mime-opleiding), Rietveldacademie (Amsterdam), Université Paris Ouest La Défense Nanterre (Paris), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), BrakkeGrond (Amsterdam), kc Nona (Mechelen), Bronks and many others.

Teaching staff

The Master in Theatre is coordinated by a mentor who will act as your artistic and intellectual sparring partner throughout the year, together with a team of staff members.

The programme works with a wide variety of artists, dramaturges and academics, including: Dirk Verstockt (dramaturge, director, critic), Eurudike De Beul (singer, Peeping Tom), Jos Verbist (actor, director, Theater Antigone), Stef De Paepe (director, dramaturgy, new media, De Maan), Ruud Gielens (actor, director), Stef Lernous (director Abattoir Fermé), Geert Opsomer (dramaturgy), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (theory), Raven Ruëll (director), Klaas Tindemans (dramaturgy), Stef Stessel (set design), Harry Cole (light design), Carly Wijs (actor, director), Sanne Van Rijn (director), Gerardjan Rijnders (director), Tania van der Sanden (actor), Johan Dehollander (director, actor), Sanja Mitrovic (director, performer), Lizzy Timmers (director, actor), Tom Dupont (writer, director) and many others. Students in the directing track can propose their own coaches. The theory seminars are taught by our in-house professors Lieven De Cauter, Geert Opsomer, and Dominiek Hoens.



Students holding a Flemish BA degree in Drama (directing) have direct access to the MA programme in Performing Arts (directing). However, participating in the auditions and subsequent workshop is highly recommended. All other candidates should follow the application procedure. For full information on how to apply, we would like to ask you to consult our information brochure with all further details on the procedure and minimum requirements


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Important dates

03.05.2019: audition
24.06.2019 - 28.06.2019 workshop