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...
Drama for Life rejects functional interpretations of Applied Drama that reduce the field to a limited technical approach. Applied Drama is about the creation of critical reflective pedagogies, spaces and aesthetic forms that give rise to alternative ways of being in the world.
Our interest is in how drama can become an effective process that moves beyond a dialogue of binaries; how drama can engage the whole person as an agent of his or her own destiny within a social context driven by cultural, national and global forces; enhance intrapersonal...
Submit online application for postgraduate studies here https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/portal/index
If you are unable to apply online, download a postgraduate application form here https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/portal/index , fill in, print and submit the application form together with your Support Documents to: Student Enrolment Centre, Private Bag 4 Wits 2050 or:
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 2015 and 2016 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, Braamfontein.
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.
Morwa: The Rising Son by Tefo Paya is brought to you by The Wits Theatre So Solo Festival. Following a fantastic tour that emerged on the Sex Actually 2013 stage and thereafter included the National Arts Festival and provincial schools’ festivals, this award winning play follows the journey of a young man born and raised in Botswana in search of masculine identity.Click here to view event
SexSports! On the campus library lawns! Using a fun-day approach, this lunchtime event will have students engage in team events that require them to work together, answer questions, and share in important information about reproductive health, sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS. Join in on the fun on Friday 02 October at 13:15-14:15! Sign up a team of 4 by Wednesday 1 October at Drama for Life: 17th floor University Corner Building, East Campus.Click here to view event
After an explosive closing performance at the Sex Actually Festival 2014, we just had to experience this provocative production once again! This performance work is an activist approach that pays homage to queer expression and masculinity, weaving a visual kaleidoscope that challenges what it means to be a man in South Africa and the continent of Africa.Click here to view event
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8ª Conferência de Pesquisa África – Drama for Life, Moçambique 2015
Chamada de comunicações, workshops e espectáculos
Re/Localização: Des/Localização: Migração, Cultura e Saúde Pública
Drama for Life is pleased to announce that the 8th Drama for Life Africa Research Conference will take place at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique from 26 to 28 November,… Continue Reading
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