The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) focuses on teaching Dance and Theatre performance as forms of critical inquiry, creative expression, pedagogy and public engagement. We view performance as a public platform for contemporary ideas, allowing us to examine and question the fundamental concerns of our times in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collaborative.
We aim to produce graduates with increased analytical, technical and imaginative abilities through performance training and research. As a public institution, we place diversity and inclusion at the heart of our teaching, performance-making and public programming. Our curriculum ranges from the classics to the contemporary with Africa as the core theme; it traverses traditional theatrical, dance and drama disciplines; it extends to all corners of the globe while being aware of our place in Cape Town, South Africa. All the while engaging the position of performance to expand UCT’s critical education in the Humanities.