University of Derby Partnership

Derby Theatre - A Learning Theatre for the 21st Century

Our partnership with the University of Derby means Derby Theatre is a unique venue leading the way as a ‘Learning Theatre’ offering a resource for training, mentorship and artistic excellence.  The academic team works alongside the Theatre team and students from across the College of Arts, studying Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre, Film Production, Production Design, Music and Dance all benefit from have a truly unique learning experience.

Students study, work and perform in a nationally renowned producing theatre, and learn by working alongside professionals on top quality performances. Performing Arts students gain experience, which enable them to form their own theatre companies and pursue professional roles, emerging as new talent, mentored by Derby Theatre and the academic team.  

This joint endeavour also enables students to take part in workshops with visiting artists of world class. For example, our recent workshops and residencies have provided students with skills and experiences working with Gecko, Headlong and Pilot as well as taking a role alongside our artistic and technical teams on home-grown Derby Theatre productions. Once students have trained we support them entering the first stages of a professional theatre career through graduate internships and a comprehensive artist development programme.

Performing Arts at the University of Derby has never been more exciting.    

Learn more about the University of Derby degree courses taught at Derby Theatre here:

Production Design BA (Hons)
Technical Theatre BA (Hons)
Theatre Arts BA (Hons)
Theatre Studies Joint Honours
Popular Music with Music Technology BA (Hons)
Music Technology and Production BSc (Hons) 
Dance BA (Hons)
Writing for Performance MA

A Great Offer for University of Derby Students

As well as being the place where the Theatre students study, Derby Theatre makes inspiring home-grown professional shows and presents the best of touring theatre from around the UK. Find classic drama, West End shows, and box-fresh new writing on our main stage; while our Studio is the place for innovation, emerging artists and comedy. All this top-quality entertainment can be yours for just £5 a ticket – cheaper than the cinema, more nourishing than a kebab/Jägerbomb/(insert student cliché here).

Find out more about our £5 ticket offer for UoD students here