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Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies - University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) proposes to teach Dance and Theatre performance as modes of critical inquiry, creative expression, pedagogy and public engagement. We see performance as a public forum for contemporary ideas, allowing us to test and debate the central concerns of our time in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collective.

Through performance training and research, we aim to produce graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we place diversity and inclusion at the centre of our teaching, performance-making and public programming.

Our curriculum will range from the classics to the contemporary with Africa as the central theme; it will cut across the traditional theatrical, dance and drama disciplines; it will span all corners of the globe while being cognisant of our place in Cape Town, South Africa and using the site of performance to deepen UCT’s critical education in the Humanities.

Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch. Cape Town
South Africa

Email: ctdps(at)
Phone: +27 21 6507121

  • Department / Faculty dedicated to Performing Arts

    Teaching Languages
  • English. The degree can be studied bilingually in English and either isiXhosa or Afrikaans

    Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor BA
  • Bachelor BA and Master MA
  • PhD
  • Performer’s Diploma. (3 years)

    Faculties / Departments
  • Theatre History & Research
  • Dramatic Literature History & Research
  • Playwriting
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Dance History & Research
  • Ballet
  • Modern Dance
  • Ethnic / Traditional Dance
  • Pedagogy
  • For local and for foreign students

    Teachers/Educator Related Information
  • Local educators allowed
  • Foreign educators allowed on temporary invitation, on invitation or call