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Juanita Praeg

Date Released: Mon, 24 November 2014 11:00 +0200

Ms Praeg is Associate Professor in Performance Studies and Choreography at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She has extensive experience as a performer, choreographer, educator and researcher, having worked in the academy and the profession for over 25 years. Ms Praeg, the longest standing member of the First Physical Theatre Company, has contributed to the company’s vision and been actively involved in all its research, educational, community, performance and choreographic programmes. She has been Artistic Director for the company since 2010 and has an active practice-as-research profile.  In 2011, she was recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at Rhodes University and in August 2011 performed a public lecture which spoke to her teaching pedagogy and professional experience of the performing arts in the context of development challenges.

In 2013 she was appointed Head of the Drama Department at Rhodes University. 


Succinct list of selectedachievements to be considered include:


  • Appointed: Head Of Drama: as of July 2013
  • Member of Selection panel for Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival 2013
  • Artistic Director: First Physical: 2010 – 2013
  • Award: Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teachers Award: 2011
  • Public lecture for this award: August 2011
  • Keynote Speaker : International Confluences Conference: UCT July 2011 and also invited to address the Ar(t)chive Moving History Colloquium in Johannesburg in August 2013
  •  Commencement of PhD study : July 2012 Sabbatical
  • Evidence of a substantial BODY of work: both as an academic (research outputs include both theoretical peer reviewed articles and Practice-as-Research outcomes ) and the body of work produced over 25 years as a professional performer and professional choreographer 
  • Community Engagement (spanning 25 years in various capacities from early Choreography Development Programmes with First Physical to the Youth Company and Body Forms classes and workshops for various communities via the company)
  • Publication record (particularly the focus on working to innovate within the NRF Practice-as-Research Project; journal articles; digital CD Rom entitled Physical Intelligence

Source:First Physical Theatre Company