The study of Drama / Theatre & Performance involves the exploration of theatre of all kinds and styles by means of acting or watching, play-making and directing, educational drama and community theatre, studying stagecraft and dramatic literature, as well as improvising, role-playing, movement, voice classes and acting for camera.
We study Drama in order to investigate how theatre makes meaning of our human existence as well as to master the demands of the theatrical profession.
The Department of Drama is committed to producing mature, highly skilled, independent and creative theatre practitioners capable of creating, producing and managing their own work. The close, nurturing, and supportive environment found within the department is central to our success in achieving this goal. Students work closely with our experienced staff, all of whom are theatre practitioners and research-active scholars, a number at the forefront of their fields.
The rich and varied research activity of recent years is due to the popularity of our range of coursework MA degrees that allows for advanced research in theatre and performance through practice. These programmes are in line with growing international interest in the activities of theatre and performance as dynamic areas of research.
Our department participates in an international enquiry into practice as research in performance (PARIP) through the ongoing development of our postgraduate degree programmes as well as through the particular research areas of our staff. The coursework degrees allow for a stimulating cross-section of hands-on exploration, studio work, ensemble practice, individual endeavour and staff-led coursework. Our two formal theatre spaces are never dark and partnerships with communities, professional groups, companies and other institutions find our graduates active both on campus and beyond.