Study Theatre & Performance

Learn Why Live Performance Matters in a Media-Savvy World 

Explore live performance in all its diversity through Theatre and Performance Studies at UNSW. Be part of stage plays with professional directors, work with a team on collaborative creations, stage an action in public spaces or undertake work as a solo performer. Studying Theatre and Performance will help you uncover the creativity of performance around us.

Gain Practical Industry Experience  

Our academics are experts in both theory and practice. You’ll study theatre history, contemporary performance, writing and performing, live arts, multimedia, dance and entertainment. Our courses combine practical experience with intellectual exploration and will prepare you for a career in the creative arts.

Our courses are industry-linked. There are opportunities to collaborate with professional artists and gain experience with production companies, venues, and publishers such as Bangarra, Belvoir, Carriageworks, Critical Path, Force Majeure, Griffin Theatre, Hayes Theatre, PACT, Performance Space, Performing Lines, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Festival and Urban Theatre Projects.

Enjoy Access to our Modern Performance Spaces 

The UNSW Creative Practice Lab brings creativity to life with state-of-the-art teaching, studio, and workshop spaces. The specialised lab manages the school’s performance venues, rehearsal studios and technical resources, and gives students, researchers and artists the chance to develop new work and participate in several events and performances throughout the year. 

Combine Creative Practice with a Range of Interdisciplinary Electives  

Studying Theatre and Performance will open doors to acting on stage and beyond. You’ll learn skills in practical collaboration and in-depth critical analysis, which will support your study across multiple disciplines. With a diverse range of skills, students are prepared for careers in:

  • Performance Making  
  • Producing and Directing 
  • Script Writing 
  • Arts Management and Administration 
  • Communications and Journalism 
  • Reviewing Art and Theatre 
  • Event Management and Publicity 
  • Teaching Drama in Secondary Schools 
  • Education and Research 

You’ll also be free to study Theatre and Performance in combination with other subjects like Business, Communications, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, History, Languages, Marketing, Media, Music, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology.

Study with Us

Studying Theatre and Performance at UNSW will give you practical experience and opportunities to learn about staging a play, writing for the theatre, collaborative making and solo performance.

You’ll have the freedom to acquire skills in a wide range of performing arts, from acting and multimedia performance to political theatre, activist art, popular entertainment and a collection of great plays.

Degree Options

Honours involves a year of study where you'll undertake courses in research methods and devise and complete a major research project. Your Honours project will focus on the creation of a thesis or combine scholarly research with creative practice under academics who are passionate about the development of the next generations of researchers.

Recent areas of interest include dramaturgy, experimental performance, choreographic practise, environmental performance, indigenous contemporary performance, American musical theatre, and Australian playwrights.

With Postgraduate Research, you’ll investigate a significant problem within Theatre and Performance and write a full-length thesis or produce practice-based research combining a portfolio with a dissertation. Our higher degree research students focus on contemporary theatre, including the creative process, live arts, dance and media-enhanced performance.

You can also delve deeper into theatre history, playwriting and popular entertainment, and enrich your knowledge through interdisciplinary collaborations with film, literature, media, music and the visual arts.

Be inspired by our current postgraduate research projects.

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