From ritual to the RSC, theatre is the live embodiment of the human story, however it’s told. At Goldsmiths we reflect our story and our contemporary world through the interdisciplinary and the intercultural. We explore what theatre and performance can tell us about the way we live now by drawing on everything from sociology to psychoanalysis and from politics to the playgrounds of the world.
As a department we approach ideas in many exciting and challenging ways, and as a student here you’ll have the freedom to cultivate your own creative and intellectual identity.
We embed theory in practice, and vice versa: our courses draw on rich staff research specialisms covering diverse areas from physical theatres and new writing to Black British performance and multimedia/Live Art.
We encourage you to develop your historical and cultural knowledge, with the time and space to experiment, learn technical skills and develop your thinking and your practice.
We want you to graduate with a degree that will take you wherever you want to go with the confidence to ‘make it happen’ as an independent self-starter. We know you may work in many aspects of the industry so we make sure you gain experience across the discipline – from performing to directing, from administration to production – and learn the research and making skills to critique and transform the cultural landscape. In short, we cultivate the articulate practitioner.
CHASE AHRC Funding for Theatre and Performance PGR Study, Department of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London
We are delighted to announce that Goldsmiths, University of London is one of seven members of the CHASE consortium that has received an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. CHASE stands for Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England. As one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, CHASE will enrol its first students – approximately 75 - in October 2014 and over the 5 years of the award CHASE will support over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across our partner institutions.
A CHASE studentship is worth approximately £19,000 per year for maintenance and tuition fees. Studentships are competitive across the consortium.
All applications received for PhD study in the Department of Theatre and Performance will be eligible for consideration for CHASE funding, subject to being offered a place. All applicants who wish to apply need to have been accepted on our doctoral programme by 31st January 2014. New applicants need to discuss their interest in being considered with their potential supervisor and/or with the Director of Postgraduate Studies: Professor Osita Okagbue: email@example.com. We urge prospective applicants to contact us as soon as possible – before 6th January 2014 - to discuss their project and to work with them to develop their application to meet the deadline. Enrolled students need to discuss their application with their supervisor. For further details click here to read the full CHASE announcement.
Dr Deirdre Osborne takes part in the event linked to the current Kara Walker exhibition at Camden Arts Centre. The discussion titled Reinventing Identity and the Historical Narrative takes place on Wendesday 20th November. Click here for more information.
Danny Barverman has been awarded the Brian Way Award for playwriting for his solo work Wot? No fish!! which has been touring nationally. The award promotes the achievements of playwrights who write for young audiences. Click here for more information.
Students from Goldsmiths’ Partner Institution LASALLE, College of the Arts, performed a choreographic piece at the prestigious da:ns festival in Singapore’s esteemed Esplanade Theatre last week. The performance, Wake Butterfly it’s late, We’ve Miles to go Together, was choreographed by Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (pictured above with the students), from the Department of Theatre and Performance as part of an academic visit during September 2013. Click here for the full story.
"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
Jesus Paolini Park (JPP) Company are showing Phantasmagoria at the Battersea Arts Centre this November for the second time. The piece was originally devised by MA Performance Making alumni Maria Jesus Gonzalez, Valentina Muhr, Patrizia Paolini, Minsun Park, Dimitra Varvarigou and Joe Yatsky. Click here for more information.
MA Performance Making alumna Tereza Havlickova is one of the performers in Spitfire Company's new show Prawns A La Indigo in the Czech Republic in November. Click here for more details.
MA Performance Making alumni Noora Baker, Dafne Louzioti and Thais Mennsitieri have just returned from Jordan, Palestine and Switzerland where they have shown their work Sensored and also ran workshops with their company CACTUS p.a.c.. Click here for more information about their work.
Graduates Emmy O’Shaugnessy and Laura Sewell set up a company in Oxford after graduating and their project artsXchange has received 2 years funding from the DfE , which they want replicated nationally by 9 other youth organisations. Click here to find out more.
“we are now lucky enough to be working from the theory we love the most and experimenting creatively.”
Laura and Emmy have also written a handbook of best practice, and will be coming to Goldsmiths to talk to the 2013/14 cohort of students about their work.
2013 saw the first meeting of Continuing the Conversation, an annual gathering for alumni of the MA in Applied Theatre. Twenty students attended, representing five generations of graduates. Students used the time to network, and to discuss issues arising in their work that they find there is little time for. We will host this gathering annually; meanwhile the group of alumni have launched a practitioners blog, and an online directory of games and exercises.
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