Get started as a postgraduate student
Postgraduate students participate in all aspects of Oxford drama, from acting, to writing and directing, to behind-the-scenes roles. It’s a great way to meet people beyond your course and college, whether you’re looking to pursue drama as a career, a research interest, or a hobby. Sign up to the OUDS Newsletter to start hearing about opportunities to get involved.
Opportunities with OUDS
Postgraduate freshers are eligible to compete in Cuppers, an intercollegiate drama competition held in Week 5 of Michaelmas term. You can either participate in a team through your college, or email the Postgrad Rep who can put you in touch with other grad students to form a postgraduate team.
If you’re a playwright, you might like to enter a play for the New Writing Festival. The deadline to submit a script is usually at the end of Michaelmas and will be announced on the OUDS Newsletter. If your script is one of the four chosen as a finalist, it will be performed at the Burton Taylor Studio in Hilary term. The New Writing Festival also has a call-out for directors in Michaelmas.
Opportunities in production teams
A great way to get a sense of the range of student drama at Oxford is to go and see shows. Once you’ve got your bearings, get some people together and apply to put on a show (you can also advertise on the OUDS Newsletter and the TAFF Mailing List to fill production roles). Each term, venues open applications for the following term (apart from the Oxford Playhouse and the North Wall Arts Centre, which work two terms in advance). There are several funding sources looking to support student drama, including OUDS. Find more info about putting on your first show here.
There are also lower commitment ways to be involved in the drama scene, such as helping with get-ins or assisting on marketing for a show. Opportunities are advertised through the OUDS Newsletter and the TAFF Mailing List.
It’s never too late to get involved!