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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

Theatre and Performance Academics are in India!

Professor Anna Furse is currently delivering a postgraduate course 'Some Hysterias' to Performance Studies postgraduates at the School of Cultural and Creative Expression in Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is also working with this institution to try to raise funds for staff and student exchange in the future.

Meanwhile, Professor Robert Gordon is keynote speaker at the 'Shakespeare Reconsidered' Conference hosted by the Drama Department at Rabindra Bharhati University, which is based in the grounds of the family home of the Indian philosopher, Tagore between 16 and 19 March. Professor Robert Gordon's keynote speech will be "Decolonising Shakespeare: problem plays or problem productions?"


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, 2015‌

This MA 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



Theatre and Performance Welcome: Dr Mary Mazzilli, Specialist in Contemporary Chinese Theatre ‌


The Department of Theatre and Performance is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mary Mazzilli. Dr Mazzilli comes to us ‌from SOAS as a specialist in contemporary Chinese Theatre. Her expertise will contribute to our undergraduate curriculum, and, importantly, to our new MA in World Theatres, to launch in 2015. This programme is driven by our department's intercultural and interdisiciplinary ethos and some of our staff research specialisms that include the programme convenor Professor Osita Okagbue's African Theatre scholarship, our expertise in Eastern European theatres, Japanese theatres, and our long term Associate Lecturer Chitra Sundaram's career in South East Asian dance theatre. We are also a key department partner of the Confucius Institute, who will contribute to the student experience on the programme. The programme will offer options for students to pursue to dissertation, and will develop professional grounding for careers in academic as well as international relations.

Mary Mazzilli


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.


Upcoming Events

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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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