Theatre Dramaturgy

Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
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Throughout history, the understanding of dramaturgy has developed in several areas: as an author’s original dramatic work, as a practical theatrical creative activity aimed at forming the programme basis of a theatre through repertoire selection and dramaturgical-directing preparation of the author’s text, and finally as a theatrical-critical and evaluative activity. All these aspects – especially the constant intertwining of the authorial and dramaturgical principle – are reflected in the study plans.

The aim of the study programme is to create qualified theatre dramaturges who will be able to perform a whole range of professional activities in theatre, as determined in our cultural context by the concept of theatre dramaturgy – i.e. the ability to bring stimuli and impulses, create short-term and long-term concepts (dramaturgical plan of the theatre season, dramaturgical orientation of the theatre, etc.), participate in the process of theatrical artefact as a co-creator of the decisive dramaturgical-direction concept of the production, to constantly analyse the individual moments of the creative process and correct the whole work on that basis, write studies, analyses, create programme articles and articles for programmes.

The study of theatre theory focuses on supplementing knowledge from the field of drama theory (theoretical dramaturgy) with the latest knowledge and current forms of theory (poststructuralism, post-postmodernism, etc.) as well as on one’s own attempts to explore this issue. The area of theatre history is oriented towards a more detailed knowledge of individual national theatre cultures, a detailed examination of individual time periods, especially on becoming familiar with the most current developments in important areas of European (world) theatre. Lectures and seminars on this topic alternate in individual academic years according to the possibilities and current offer of internal and also external teachers – experts in the field. Students further expand their knowledge in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics and sociology in the form of specialised lectures or seminars. In the field of talent development, students prepare staging adjustments of dramatic texts, adaptations, dramatisations of originals as well as their own texts or translations of dramatic texts from foreign languages – they are gradually moving towards greater independence; the studies are overseen and controlled by the teacher, but he or she pedagogue becomes more and more a partner for discussion and polemics, so that the student has a chance to develop his or her own independent creative thinking. The practical part of the studies culminates in the preparation of a graduation project (dramaturgy of a production) in the Marta theatre studio (or on some professional stage).

An important part of the master’s degree studies is completing a study or work internship abroad or an internship in a Czech professional theatre.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • they are able to independently, individually and creatively analyse and interpret dramatic classical and contemporary texts and further suggest the possibilities of their staging;
  • are able to act as equal partners and creative collaborators of a director in the creation of larger or even full-length productions;
  • they are able to independently edit dramatic texts, write screenplays or adaptations based on non-dramatic texts, as well as to write their own original texts;
  • they are able to analyse a dramatic text written in a foreign language, assess the quality and suitability of translations of dramatic texts in connection with the staging concept, independently translate smaller-scale dramatic texts;
  • they can create dramaturgical plans and longer-term concepts based on their broad knowledge of dramatic and non-dramatic texts, deep thought reflection of contemporary society and deep analysis of the needs of a particular theatre or ensemble.

dramaturge in the theatre

dramaturge in TV, film, radio

editor in professional theatre press

reviewer for the field of theatre


Within the credit system, the student also complements the basis courses with courses offered by the faculty and thus to some extent determines the more precise specialisation of his or her studies; this the allows the student to focus – in addition to the compulsory basis of the field – more in depth on areas that interest and suit him or her, for example in terms of intended professional orientation, etc.


Successful completion of all courses marked as the field’s basic courses.

Acquisition of at least 120 credits.

Contents and scope of the final examination

Theory of theatre (with an aspect to theoretical dramaturgy)

Defence of the master’s thesis

Defence of the master’s graduation project


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Theatre Dramaturgy
Abbreviation: DIVDRAM
Code: 8203T004
Type: master's degree programme (following the bachelor's one)
Degree: MgA.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N8203 N-DRAUM Dramatic Arts
Theatre Faculty
Field of study guaranteed by:
Theatre Faculty
Field guarantor:
prof. PhDr. Václav Cejpek

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