The division of Theatre and Performance aims to produce graduates who are informed and critically aware practitioners and consumers of the arts, conscious of their cultural and social environment. Theatre and Performance draws on the diversity of its surroundings, a committed staff of artist-scholars, and dynamic student body to promote creative and socially productive engagement through a range of degree programmes.

Theatre and Performance offers a four year undergraduate professional degree (Honours equivalent) in theatre and performing arts. It combines a focused, discipline-specific foundation in areas of specialisation with a flexible, interdisciplinary programme to enhance student innovation and experimentation and preparation for the world of work or further study.  We also offer postgraduate degrees at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels.

Our mission is to introduce a range of conceptual and creative vocabularies and practices.  We value students who enjoy intellectual adventure and the complex challenges and rewards posed by indigenous and globally established systems of knowledge and practice.  We strongly encourage critical debate, independent enquiry and active citizenship through understanding as well as challenging established conventions and practices.

The BADA course is distinctive in allowing students the opportunity to pursue a broad spectrum of studies or, alternatively, intensify their skills development in specialist areas all broadly accommodated with a range of cultural practices associated with drama, performance and critically informed theatre-making.

 Qualifications Offered within the division of Theatre and Performance

The prestigious professional Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (BADA) Degree is awarded after the successful completion of 4 years of intensive professional, practical and academic training.

BA graduates with undergraduate training in Dramatic Art may apply for the Honours degree in Drama and Film.

  • Master of Arts degree with specialisations in Theatre Directing, Performance, Writing and Design Studies.
  • PhD by dissertation only or by dissertation and creative work


Wits University is exceptionally well-resourced and the four theatre spaces, namely The Amphitheatre, Downstairs Theatre, The Main Theatre and The Nunnery; offer teh opportunity to stage a variety of diverse works. Together with the Wits Theatre Complex, Theatre and Performance stages more than 7 student productions with staff/professional directors annually.

We also present a range of productions at the National Arts Festival and a number of events in collaboration with the Wits School of Arts. Theatre and Performance also has six experimental/class/practical theatre laboratory spaces and two movement studios.