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Theater Arts

SEMESTER IN LONDON

Study Theater in London

Get close to the heart of the drama in the city! 

As a CAPA study abroad theater student, you'll engage with the world of theater in the classroom and beyond! You’ll see a variety of shows, from rebooted classics to challenging and exciting new works in a range of venues and enjoy additional activities that will further enrich and expand your theatrical experience. 

In recent terms, students have enjoyed an exclusive post-show meeting with the cast of The Woman in Black; explored Shakespeare on Screen with actors from the BBC’s The Hollow Crown; toured Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; encountered the haunted past of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; visited the National Theatre’s workshops to see the puppets from War Horse; and worked with a leading UK magician. 

CAPA also has its own black box theater space in the London center with a fully-equipped lighting rig and sound system. It can host student performances, visiting shows, and a range of creative workshops. At CAPA, you can enjoy the world of theater as an audience member or a performer. Either way, you’ll feel you’re at the heart of the drama!

January 8, 2020
thru April 18, 2020
Program Fee: $18,345
Application Deadline October 10, 2019

The London Experience

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Experience

Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan London with our My Global City events: Tour Camden, enjoy the food on Brick Lane or visit The Globe.

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Live

Live like a Londoner and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay, all within a one-hour commute to the CAPA London Center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.

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Learn

CAPA's theater offerings are designed to give you a background in theater as an art form and a vocation. Choose from a variety of courses taught by theater professionals.

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Intern

Chooes an optional internship directly connected to theater arts where you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your resume!

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When I explored London for the first time, I instantly knew that it was the place for me. I matured so much and learned so much about myself that it made all the effort worthwhile. I can safely say that it was the best semester of my college life.

Jorge Galvez

Clark University

Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEarn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; the internship placement and accompanying course earns 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.
  • HousingYou can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.
  • Local Transit PassA Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Tube (subway) and buses for students living in apartments. Zones 1-3 is included for students in homestay.
  • ActivitiesSocial events include an arrival tea, midterm dinner, and a farewell ceremony. Other activities that you can select may include a theatre trip to see a play or musical, tickets to see a football or rugby game, entrance to an iconic heritage site in London such as Kensington Palace or the Tower of London. Depending on the time of year a trip to the ballet, the opera, or a classical musical concert may also be available. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • InternshipParticipate in an internship opportunity, earn credit and gain valuable skills. Note: internships in London requires a visa.
  • My Global CityThese events always include; a walking tour of the Iconic South Bank on your first weekend; taking a riverboat tour to Greenwich; touring multi-cultural Brixton, A Beatles and Abbey Road Magical Mystery Walking Tour, feasting on a multi-course curry dinner in Brick Lane. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time.
  • ExcursionHalf-day coach tour of London, full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath plus choose one from: full-day excursion to Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, or Salisbury and Glastonbury.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportCAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
  • InsuranceAs a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA London team is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.

spring Courses

Our London Theater program offers a variety of theater and related courses, including Writing a Play, Witchcraft and Magical Performance, and Theater in the City. Additionally, you may choose courses from the wide variety of our Global Cities offerings.

Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World  

This course will focus on the ways in which the Creative industries are structured, and how arts administrators successfully share creativity with the public and leverage the commercial opportunities of creative production. Key topics to be explored will include the arts as a business; managing financial imperatives and the artistic process; promoting and presenting cultural products. Case studies will be drawn from a variety of fields such as film, digital media, gaming, theatre, museums, and publishing, and students will have the opportunity to engage directly with practitioners successfully working in various fields of arts and culture and those managing the interface between creativity and business in London.

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LNDN ARTA/BUSN 3338

Detective Fiction: Crime and The City  

This course addresses the development of the modern detective novel, British and American, from the late 19th century into the 21st. The focus of the course will be on cities as sites of criminal imagination, and on detectives as explorers of the city's hidden connections.

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LNDN LITR 3315

Theater in the City  

This course places students at the heart of the experience of theatre. Topics include the qualities, conditions, and boundaries of drama; audience engagement; philosophical issues raised by the theatrical experience; the origins of theatre; the changing roles of performers and spectators over time; and the theater's prospects in the 21st century. Students will pay $70 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN THTR 3310

Witchcraft and Magical Performance in London  

This course will chart the representation of the occult in the city from the Early Modern period to the present day. Focusing particularly on the performance and presentation of occult and magical phenomena and its reception by the general public and social elites during specific time periods, the course will offer students the opportunity to understand why magic has fascinated us and continues to do so. Students will pay $40 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN THTR 3314

Writing A Play: The Art and Craft of Making Theatre  

This course will introduce the student to the variety of skills required to write a stage play. Beginning with a range of stimuli from their experience of London people, places, events and ideas, students will develop their ideas into fully-fledged one-act plays. Focusing on a toolbox approach, and carefully considering the various elements of dialogue, characterization, structure and themes, the course will culminate in the presentation of a reading of each writer's play at CAPA's studio facility: The Street. Each play will be read by a group of professional actors. Students will pay $40 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN THTR 3312

  • Writing Intensive

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