Hello, everyone. I'm nearing the end of my third year of undergraduate studies at Bennington College in Vermont, and aspire to a career in dramaturgy.
I'd like to take a year off before applying to grad schools, and hope to spend some of that time studying in England for at least one semester/term. What institutions would you recommend that are respectable and offer good courses relevant to dramaturgy? I'm especially interested in schools that give you the opportunity to intern at a theatre while you study. Location is not my highest priority, but ideally I'd like to be as close to London as possible.
Notes about my academic background that may be helpful:
- I've had a fair amount of work experience for an undergrad. At least, I think so. At my school we're required to do an internship every year, so by the time I graduate I will have worked at 5 different theatres. (I worked at two theatres one year.) Also, I've served as production and research dramaturg for 3 faculty productions at my school, and it looks like I'll be directing a production of my own for my final project.
- I have good grades, but my GPA took a huge hit last year when I failed a class due to illness and untreated depression. I've still got above a 3.0, so things could be worse, but I have some explaining to do.
- I can get great letters of recommendation from my professors, who are respected poets, playwrights, and directors. At least two therapists can write me letters attesting to the depression I suffered.
I greatly appreciate any suggestions you can offer. Thank you. :)