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Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Performance

In the Department of Theatre and Performance we reflect and question our contemporary world.  Our ethos is interdisciplinary and intercultural, which means that we extend our study both within and beyond European traditions. 

We approach ideas in exciting and challenging ways and as a student you’ll have the freedom to cultivate your own intellectual and creative interests.

Practice is the context for theory: both our lecture/seminar and studio-based teaching draw on rich staff research specialisms as well as an array of professional Visiting and Associate Tutors. We cover diverse subjects from classical texts and new writing to contemporary Black British writing and performance; from physical and applied theatres to multimedia/Live Art.  We encourage you to develop your critical, historical and cultural knowledge, with the time and space to experiment and learn collaborative and technical skills. You are offered options from the Second Year onwards, and in all your Theatre Making you work in companies with professional guidance, benefiting from the department's brand new technical facilities and support staff.

We want you to graduate with the essential skills and confidence for a portfolio career: an intellectual grasp of the field together with the experience of how to ‘make it happen’. You will work in many aspects of the industry - from performing to directing, designing and technical work, from administration to production- so we make sure you gain experience across the discipline, acquiring both research and practical skills with which to contribute to the transforming cultural landscape. In short, we educate the articulate practitioner.

Our Programmes

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Experience what it's like to study Theatre & Performance degrees at Goldsmiths


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Latest from Theatre and Performance

1. Induction Week Schedule: 1st Year Drama & Theatre Arts Induction Week Schedule: 1st Year Induction Week Schedule

Work by graduates from the MA in Writing for Performance is being shown across London this month:

2. Readings at the Arcola of Final Project plays by Nick Cassenbaum and Chloe Todd FordhamClick here for more information.

3. Current production of Ciphers by Dawn King at the Bush Theatre. Click here for more information.

4. The New Diorama Theatre is showing The Faction's production of Thebes by Gareth Jandrell, also published by Methuen in December 2013. Click here for more information.

5. Fin Kennedy is organising a meeting involving 70 professionals and interested MPs in the House of Commons on January 29th as the latest stage in the In Battalions campaign two raise awareness of damage caused to new writing in the UK by cuts in public subsidy. Click here for more information.


Student comment: "There are so many exciting and engaging projects that have not only interested and challenged me but have also made me re-examine my theoretical and physical methodologies concerning drama and theatre arts."

"There are so many exciting and engaging projects that have not only interested and challenged me but have also made me re-examine my theoretical and physical methodologies concerning drama and theatre arts."

Vanessa, BA Drama & Theatre Arts

Graduate activity

  • BA Drama and Threatre Arts company in the Peckam Peculiar

GRUFF, a new immersive theatre company founded by 2013 BA Drama and Theatre Arts graduates Thomas Bostock, Alistair Foylan, Phoebe Naughton, Holly Shuttleworth, Joe Mericier and Ally Couch are featured in The Peckham Peculiar. To read the interview click here.

  • MA Performance Making graduate at the Camden People's Theatre

MA Performance Making alumna Alina Dheere Babaletsos is showing her solo show non performer: I Was less Than Amazing at the Camden People's Theatre this month. Click here for more information.

  • MA Performance Making graduate's directorial debut in Times Square

MA Performance Making graduate Nia Barge is directing a One Act play entitled, The Grey written by A'Leighsha Butler for the in Times Square, New York. The premiere of The Grey marks the launch of their newly founded theatre company, Nameless.


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