Drama for Life is internationally recognized as the University of the Witwatersrand’s unique postgraduate academic, research and community engagement department that brings together the disciplines of Applied Drama and Theatre, Performance Ethnography, Performance as Research, Arts Education, Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapies within the context of a critical reflexive praxis.
Drama for Life offers a unique and original range of approved degrees in Africa:
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in the field of Applied Drama and Theatre (AX000)
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in the field of Expressive Arts Therapies (AX000)
3. Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the field of Applied Drama: Theatre in Education, Communities and Social Contexts (AH000)
4. Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the field of Drama Therapy (AH000)
5. Master of Arts in the field of Applied Drama: Theatre in Education, Communities and Social Contexts. (AC000)
6. Master of Arts in the field of Drama Therapy (AC000)
7. Master of Arts in Dramatic Art by Creative Research and Dissertation (AR000)
8. PhD by Creative Research and Dissertation (AD002)
Certificates of attendance:
1. Introduction to Applied Drama Facilitation Techniques
2. Introduction to Theatre-Making techniques and strategies for Youth
3. Stories of Identity: Using theatre to build community through personal narratives
4. New Consciousness in Cultural Leadership
5. Performance Dialogues for Social Transformation
6. Internship Supervision in Drama Therapy
Introduction to Playback Theatre, Introduction to Applied Performing Arts & Arts Management for Youth, Drama Therapy, Introduction to Theatre in Education, Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed: Image Theatre, Process Drama, Theatre-Making, Applied Drama Techniques for adolescent HIV/AIDS education, Introduction to Expressive Movement Therapy.
Advanced Skills in Playback Theatre, Applied Performing Arts & Arts Management for Youth, Drama Therapy, Theatre in Education, Theatre of the Oppressed: Forum Theatre, Process Drama, Theatre-Making.
Role Theory in Drama Therapy, Developmental Transformations, Advanced Expressive Movement Therapy, Advanced Applied Drama techniques for adolescent education, Advanced skills in Theatre of the Oppressed, Advanced Applied Performing Arts & Arts Management for Youth, Psycho-social Training in Playback Theatre.
The Drama for Life Programme is a comprehensive academic, training and research programme that focusses on Applied Drama: Theatre in Education, Communities and Social Contexts, Drama Therapy and Drama in Education. The programme's philosophy, critical reflexive pedagogy, provides intrapersonal and interpersonal education for Reflexive Practitioners in Applied Drama, Drama Therapy, and Drama Education.
Students studying in Drama for Life can do the following from 2013:
In the field of Applied Drama: Theatre in Education...
To complete an online application form for postgraduate studies at Drama for Life- Wits University visit https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/portal/index or alternatively if you are downloading a form, it must be printed, completed and submitted by post or by hand to the Wits Student Enrollment Centre together with copies of the required support documents:
Student Enrolment Centre
University of the Witwatersrand
1 Jan Smuts Avenue
Payment of Application Fees:
For payment of the application fee, use the following banking details:
Standard Bank, Braamfontein Branch
Branch code: 004805
Account number: 200 346 385
SWIFT Code SBZAZAJJ
For 2017 applications, please use the unique payment reference number on your application form as the reference.
For more information email Natasha.Mazonde@wits.ac.za or visit Drama for Life, office 1405 University Corner Building, Jorissen Street & Bertha Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Drama for Life engages future cultural leaders in the complex interdisciplinary field of theatre for change – a theatre that intersects with anthropology, sociology, communication health, psychology, performance studies, social work, development and education – a field that has come to be known as Applied Drama. The Drama for Life – Applied Drama and Theatre Programme develops future cultural leaders to become artists who understand the theoretical and practical ethical and contextual issues related to social transformation on the African continent.
Warren Nebe is the Director of Drama for Life. He is a theatre director, senior lecturer, a HPCSA and NADT registered Drama Therapist and a Fulbright Alumni. He is also the Managing Director of Themba Interactive – Initiatives for Life.
His research focuses on identity construction, representation and memory in South Africa through an auto-ethnographic theatre-making approach. This research is articulated in the Transformation Project supported by the Wits Transformation Office and Carnegie Corporation.
In 2013 the independent academic publishing company RODOPI will publish two volumes presented by Drama for Life that include the following research:
Volume 1: Applied Drama and Theatre as an interdisciplinary field in the context of HIV/Aids
Introduction by Hazel Barnes
Delineating the field:
Ch1: Negotiating the space, framing for understanding and performing for change: Opportunities and challenges for Applied theatre praxis in Hiv/Aids contextsby Patrick Mangeni.
The DFL Playback Theatre is the only officially recognized Playback Theatre Company in Africa. Through its collaboration with playback innovator and founder, Jonathan Fox, DFL offers accredited training.
Playback Theatre uses music and improvisational theatre to transform the stories of an audience into the art of theatre. A Playback Theatre cast is made up of six members consisting of the facilitator, four actors and musician. In the course of a performance, memories, feelings and social conflicts offered by the audience are all re-enacted on the spot by the performers.
The Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival is an HIV and AIDS intervention. It is the first of its kind not only in South Africa but on the African continent. The festival is unique in its methodology, implementation and strategy in addressing the AIDS disease and its surrounding themes - sex, sexuality, relationships, culture, gender, human rights and social issues. The festival is curated in a way that allows arts practitioners and audience members to holistically engage with the subject, to interrogate the complexities of the disease and its themes. The target audiences are youth, parents, and communities.
This project is an excitingly innovative performance poetry competition which aims at encouraging the youth to talk openly and creatively about relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV/AIDS. This is done through regional and national poetry competition (slams) and workshops which engage with youth from around the country (16 to 35 years), regardless of their social, financial and cultural backgrounds. DFL partners with a number of Universities, poets and poetry groups from across the country to participate in this challenge.
The DFL Human Rights and Social Justice Project started in 2009 as the “Drama for Life Zimbabwe Project” (DFLZP). The project aimed to contribute to the normalization of the Zimbabwean social and political situation, as well as to promote democracy. The project targeted Zimbabweans living in diaspora, as well as those living in the country.
Realizing that Human Rights and Social Justice are topics that also need to be discussed in a South African and African context, DFL decided to change the project’s title to “Human Rights and Social Justice Project” to be more inclusive.
The 9th Annual Drama for Life Africa Research Conference Presents
A Conference Workshop organised by the Drama for Life Students
Decolonising Arts Education
Constitution Hill, 24th and 25th November 2016
9 am to 6 pm
Keywords: Multiplicity, Inclusivity, Freedom, Equality, Dignity and Education
The Drama for Life Africa Research Conference has become the annual space for applied arts, arts therapies and performance arts practitioners, academics, and managers to critically engage in theory and practice about cross-cutting contemporary issues. This year the conference addresses the decolonisation of arts education with reference to the implications of the Fallist Movement.
In the spirit of the original intentions of the Fallist Movement, the 9th Drama for Life Africa Research Conference is convened and presented by Drama for Life students with the support of staff. This conference aims to foreground various questions related to the theme Decolonising Arts Education and to offer a space where the possibilities of our future may be explored and debated. The conference seeks to investigate what it is that we – students, staff and practitioners – can contribute to the realisation of a democratic education that respects and embraces the praxis of freedom, equality, dignity, inclusivity and multiplicity We cannot expect change if we do not allow our youth to lead, but our youth cannot lead without significant guidance and support from the broader community. To build our future we need to explore what must rise together, democratically.
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To register for the Conference, please submit a Conference Registration Form.
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