Head of Department: Associate Professor Mark Fleishman
Research in the Drama Department is conducted through the creation of new theatre works, directing, performance practice, and applied theatre. Research enquiries develop out of and feed into the teaching and directing processes for Acting for the Camera, Television drama, Theatre Making, Community Theatre, Acting, Dance Theatre, Applied theatre, Site Specific performance and the development of mixed media theatre and performance works. Research projects are sometimes created in conjunction with other arts practitioners, e.g. visual artists and/or musicians. Many projects are located in the profession through staff links with contemporary South African theatre, performance and dance companies. Partnerships or links with theatre, drama and dance projects in local communities have further enriched the research possibilities within the department. Globally, the research work of the department has been performed across all five continents. Postgraduate enrolments continue to increase, offering increased research opportunities, and the department seeks to strengthen both the studio work and documentation of research through seminar papers, debate, submissions for publication and the development of new theatre works and practices at postgraduate level. The Department, with the support of the NRF, is actively exploring ways of presenting and assessing practice as research in conjunction with departments in other South African universities, and in conversation with international universities.