Welcome to Drama Studies

Introduction to the Programme

The Drama and Performance Studies programme is a recognized centre of excellence in performing arts, with a strong focus on the southern African context.  The programme is structured around three main Performance Studies streams and the dynamic synergies between them.  These streams are: Theatre Studies, Dance Studies, and Applied Theatre Studies. The pedagogy of the programme is rooted in the constant interplay between theory and practice, and in interrogating the local and global contexts within the ever-expanding Drama and Performance Studies field. 

The programme aims to promote:

  • The creation, performance and appreciation of drama, dance, theatre, applied theatre, and theatre-related media in the South African and, in particular, the KwaZulu-Natal context;
  • Personal growth with special emphasis on cognitive, social and communication skills by developing internal and external personal resources and modes of critical thinking;
  • A deeper understanding and acceptance of difference and similarity through providing a platform for many cultural perspectives and forms: past and present, local and global;
  • An understanding of the educational potential of theatre, dance and applied theatre as bridge to the local communities.
History of the Programme
Department History - 50 years
In 1949, at Professor Elizabeth Sneddon’s instigation, the University of Natal became the first tertiary institution in South Africa to include Speech and Drama as an academic discipline for degree purposes...
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Career Opportunities
FLATFOOT Training Company 4
“Someday I want to be…” – whatever you choose to fill in the blank space, the University of KwaZulu-Natal can help you get there, and one of your stops along the way should be Drama and Performance Studies...
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Creative Activities
In addition to coursework, students will also have opportunities to participate in productions both on stage and off, in performance and technical capacities, working in one of the four theatres we have on campus...
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