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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

Our Mission Statement

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


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Latest from Theatre and Performance

‘Black her-story: Readings and Conversations’ 23 October 2015 6.30pm

Laura Fish, Dorothea Smartt and Kadija Sesay will talk about their art and craft - how as black women writers in Britain today they tap into many aesthetic and diasporic routes - in conversation with Deirdre Osborne (Reader in English Literature and Drama) and their audience.

George Wood Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tickets are FREE but booking is required.



Goldsmiths Writers 2015 Present EXTRACT, Selections from Works in Progress

These rehearsed readings will introduce final projects by new writers graduating from Goldsmiths' MA Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy. Book tickets and find out more at


72 BILLIONAIRES - MA in Performance Making Final Shows 2015

From 1-4 July the Department of Theatre and Performance presents new works from emerging international artists at the MA in Performance Making Final Shows. Book tickets through eventbrite


Theatre and Performance present Goldsmiths Palermo, Summer Intensive: Performance Practices. 20.07.15 - 25.07.15

The Department of Theatre and Performance are delighted to announce the first of what we hope will be many such study programmes in Palermo, where we have been invited to create our own Goldsmiths Mediterranean Centre. This first Summer Intensive is designed to cultivate the conditions for participants to train together and experiment in creative practice. Contributing artists include David Coulter, Maja Mitic, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and Head of Department, Anna Furse. For more information click here.


Theatre and Performance Head of Department, Prof Anna Furse directing Performance Project: The Theatre of Our Bodies in collaboration with Create.

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, is delighted to welcome internationally renowned artist, academic and T&P Head of Department Prof Anna Furse, who will be giving a workshop as part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme.

Anna will conduct this one day workshop for professional artists working in or interested in collaborative arts practice. This workshop will offer an intimate optic on the work of Furse, with particular focus on embedded methodologies around collaborative practice. For more information about this event, click here.


Theatre and Performance Department launch new MA in Black British Writing, September 2015.

The Department of Theatre and Performance are very happy to announce the launch of a brand new MA in Black British Writing in September 2015. This MA shall be convened by Senior Lexturer in Drama and Theatre Arts, Dr Deirdre Osborne and Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture, Prof Joan Anim-Addo.

The MA in Black British Writing represents a world first; nowhere else in the world can you study this field in such a richly, referenced way in the country from which the writing is produced. For more information click here.  


Theatre and Performance Scenography Technician Rachael Champion is exhibiting: Art Basel Hong Kong 2015.

Art Basel in Hong Kong traces twelve decades of art history across its six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film. On display is the highest quality of paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works from the 20th and 21st centuries, by more than 3,000 artists from Asia and around the globe.

Theatre and Performance are proud to announce our Scenography Technician/ Designer, Rachael Champion shall be exhibiting her installation Plough Layer, Source Rupture (2015), a site specific installation consisting of a collection of sculptural land masses that ascend the gallery booth. For more information, please click here

Art Basel RC 2015



New MA in World Theatres, 2016

This MA, due to launch in 2016, will cover the historical contexts and philosophical bases of theatre and performance practices from different parts of the world. You'll be able to investigate indigenous and contemporary ‌performance and theatre traditions from a variety of cultural, national and international contexts.


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MA World Theatres



MA in Writing in Performance graduate's play 3 Winters wins Broadway World's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize after National Theatre run.

* 3 Winters by MA in Writing for Performance graduate Tena Štivičić opened at the National Theatre last November. Tena has now been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; click here for more information. Congratulations Tena!

MA in Writing for Performance graduates are making a splash across London this autumn:

David Lane has a new play for young people being staged in London by Theatre Centre, as part of a national tour.

Melissa Bubnic's Beached is playing for a month in the main slot at Soho Theatre. Click here for more information.

Fin Kennedy's Schoolwrights with Tamasha has become the first annual rolling programme of playwrights-in-schools training. Read more about his work as co-Artistic Director with Tamasha here.


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 Alumni: Gruff Theatre Company performing at: Vaults Festival

GRUFF, an immersive theatre company founded by 2013 BA Drama and Theatre Arts graduates Thomas Bostock, Alistair Foylan, Phoebe Naughton and Holly Shuttleworth shall be performing 'Instructionally Invited' at the Vaults Festival. For more information and to book tickets 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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