Applied Theology and Performing Arts

About the Course

Regents Theological College offers a three year degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts, taught by some of the best professional Christian actors, writers, dancers and directors in the country.

As more and more churches realise the need to connect with 21st century culture, performance has become both the forum and language for contemporary debate. In order to speak to the wider community beyond the church, it is vital that our church leaders become fluent in performance, open to its importance, and well-versed in the use of the arts.

The vision of the course is to enable those whom God has gifted in performance with the opportunity to hone those skills in an affirming atmosphere; and in a place that puts Christ at the centre of all we do. As well as teaching practical professional skills, the course explores the interaction between performance and theology, in seeing how these two disciplines enrich and inform one another.

The goal of the course is that the graduates will not only obtain a degree in practical Theology and the Performing Arts, but become the actors, communicators, storytellers, church leaders, and performers of the future; those who will help revitalise both the Church and the Arts.

With a high recommendation from the wider creative world, the course has been commended as ‘ … it is extremely rare to find a degree that combines theatre practice, theatre studies, and theological studies so well. This integration is both intellectually robust and strongly responsive to the needs of the church and religious institutions more broadly, and I know of no other provision like it anywhere around Britain – indeed, anywhere else in the English-speaking world’.

Mode of Learning

Campus based learning (full-time)

Our classic community based approach to studying on a full-time basis, whilst living on campus in the College’s spectacularly situated halls-of-residence in the Malvern Hills. Students study 6 one-week modules each year, as they work towards their degree, supported by tutorials, seminars and self-learning, within the College’s comprehensive spiritual environment. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements and/or serve in local churches as their studies progress.

Employability and Professional Practice

During the three years study there are various opportunities to work with professional theatre companies, putting into practice what students learn, thereby acquiring deeper skills.

Every student has the opportunity to audition for a yearly production with Searchlight Theatre Company that is toured nationally and taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presenting a fantastic opportunity for students to gain professional acting experience.

Other companies such as 4Front Theatre Company (a company that was set up by graduates from the course) often audition students for their Christmas tour and various children’s shows. These opportunities, and others, ensure that the skill and knowledge students learn on the course are embedded within professional practice.

The course is recognised by Equity and students are eligible for a student equity card.

In addition to roles and positions within church and parachurch organisations, this degree is applicable to the following careers:

Track Leaders

Rich Hasnip MA

As one of the leading Christian drama practitioners in the country, Richard has worked for Saltmine and Riding Lights theatre companies, and as an actor, writer and director is committed to communicating Christ through theatre and performance. He is the co- founder of Regents based Attic Ladder Theatre Company, and in 2016 received The Tom Matheson Award for outstanding scholarly work in the field of Theatre and Creativity from The Shakespeare Institute. His research interests include Shakespearean performance and the intersection between theatre and spirituality.

Performing Arts Track Leader

As one of the leading Christian drama practitioners in the country, Richard has worked for Saltmine and Riding Lights theatre companies, and as an actor, writer and director is committed to communicating Christ through theatre and performance. He is the co- founder of Regents based Attic Ladder Theatre Company, and in 2016 received The Tom Matheson Award for outstanding scholarly work in the field of Theatre and Creativity from The Shakespeare Institute. His research interests include Shakespearean performance and the intersection between theatre and spirituality.

Ollie Ward, BA (Hons), MA

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Youth Track Course Leader and Performing Arts Track tutor

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Validation and Entry Requirements

The course is validated by the University of Chester.

If you are under 21 years of age, the entry requirements are GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and two A levels. If you are over 21,  the requirement is GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and with the discretion of Regents Theological College. In both cases a place on the Performing Arts course is also dependant on a successful audition.

Awards

Three year Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Applied Theology, with an optional exit Certificate of Higher Education after year one, or a Diploma of Higher Education after year two.

Course Fees

For course fees, please visit our college fees page here

How to Apply

To apply online, please click here or visit the Apply Now page on the College admissions page, or contact our Admissions Administrator, Shelley Cave via email or on 01684 588979 or 01684 588965.

You can also ask to have an application form sent to you.