Rhodes University Drama Department offers an integrative approach to drama studies. We emphasise the body as expressive medium in locating and training unique, indigenous performance languages. Most of our teaching staff are practitioners themselves affording students an intensive interface between choreography, performance, theoretical and administrative studies. Our strong undergraduate programme prepares students for a comprehensive selection of eleven Honours papers. Our post graduates produce a variety of high quality works drawing from all disciplines and genres of performance.
Each year the Rhodes Drama Department and resident company First Physical Theatre Company produce at least ten productions at the National Arts Festival with alumni featuring in over thirty. To date, we have produced four Young Artists Award winners, taught four of the six physical actors who auditioned for Cirque du Soleil (2008) and our staff have presented productions and conference papers in more than ten countries. Our alumni stretch from the Hollywood sublime (the Borg Queen) to the Boksburg ridiculous (Twakkie), to five of the ten South African university dance and drama departments. In recent years, graduates have won Arts and Culture Trust awards, Naledi awards, FNB Dance Umbrella awards, Gauteng MEC Dance and Choreography nominations, a SPAT award, a Daimler-Chrysler South African Choreography nomination and a KZN DanceLink nomination.
Dr Ameh AKOH (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Dates: 23 Feb – 20 April
Osun State University, Nigeria
Dr Ameh Akoh
45 minute presentation followed by discussion
"The Famished Young men”: Nigerian Drama beyond Soyinka
27 March @ 14:30 in the Drama Lecture Theatre, RU Theatre Building
Drama staff will be in the RU Theatre foyer to take you to the venue.
Dr Ameh Akoh is a postdoctoral researcher in the drama department for the first term until 20 April. His is currently conducting research on the Nigerian dramatist, Femi Osofisan. This fellowship is part of the AFRICAN HUMANITIES PROGRAMME which includes 5 African countries and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation.
Through fellowship competitions, regional workshops, and peer networking, the African Humanities Program provides support to the humanities in five African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The centerpiece of the program is the distribution of fellowships to African scholars in these countries for work on dissertations, research projects, and scholarly manuscripts … The program is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Information prepared by Professor Gary Gordon
19 March 2015
Theatre in Motion 2014
Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25 October 2014
Rhodes University Drama Department proudly presents the programme for Theatre in Motion 2014. Theatre in Motion is an annual festival showcasing examination pieces from young, innovative and talented performers in the Drama Department tasked with creating original and inspiring theatre pieces from their extensive study over the year. This year’s Theatre in Motion consists of two programmes: Programme A which features Honours and Masters Choreography works, and Programme B which features Drama 3 Physical Theatre, Drama 3 Visual Theatre, and Honours Contemporary Performance works.
See upcoming events for more info on TIM '14.
For more information on the drama department visit our drama reviews