ABOUT OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMME
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; how drama can enhance intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness about critical health, human rights, social justice and environmental issues; how drama can develop a reflective practitioner who isn’t afraid to ‘look from the outside’ and to simultaneously ‘look from the inside’; and how drama can foster a humanity that is founded in principles of service to community, empathic leadership and creative and compassionate engagement in learning.
Our commitment is to create new knowledge through the active, embodied exploration of ‘subjugated knowledge’ across the continent, and the critical investigation of ‘revered knowledge’ found in the academy.
The recent emergence of Applied Drama as a complex set of processes of interdisciplinary performance has seen departments and centres of study established at several leading universities across the globe. Wits is the first university to shape an undergraduate and postgraduate programme of Applied Drama of this magnitude on this continent. The Programme is comparable to those found at the University of London, New York University and University of Warwick.
Drama for Life is the first of its kind in the international arena in its scope and practice, providing students with in-depth knowledge of research methods, theories and practices that interrogate pedagogical, community-based and social behavior change interventions. It is also regarded as the leader of its field in Africa.