Dance, theatre and performance with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts

With dance, theatre and performance you can become part of a department that offers a contemporary and challenging approach to our subjects, exploring a range of practice from theatre, dance, ritual, popular entertainment and community contexts, with great importance placed upon evaluating the relationship between performer and audience. You will join us as we explore professional performance practice, and consider its place with contemporary cultural context.

Given the emphasis we place on practice, we feel that it is vital to share as much high quality performance work with our students as possible. Enrolling on one of our programmes you will have access to a wide range of experiences: we work closely with The Arts Institute to bring a range of innovative performance work to the University, and our Performing Arts Building, The House, offers you front row seats for quality programming. 

Our Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group is home to a lively postgraduate research community of research masters and doctoral students and runs a regular seminar series in term time. We supervise both practice-led and more 'traditional' forms of research in live art, dance-theatre, site-specific performance, experimental theatre, interdisciplinary practices, improvisation, intercultural performance, somatic practice, popular performance and physical theatre. The department also has expertise in supervising collaborative research projects.

Our department has close links with the Theatre Royal, Dance in Devon, The Barbican Theatre and Plymouth Dance, which allows us to share workshops, master-classes and after show talks with our students, ensuring you are kept up to date with the best practice in the creative industries. Plymouth has a vibrant arts scene, and the University plays a key role in ensuring that with the department of dance, theatre and performance you are an important part of this.

The House

Experience our stunning resources for students and researchers in the performing arts building, The House.

Benefit from our £7 million dynamic four-storey production house and specialist learning and research environment.

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The future of theatre

Our collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth is totally unique. It gives our students the best of both worlds and access to leading research, teaching and creative practice. It allows us to get on board with the latest developments in theatre as they are happening.

"Training at Plymouth in 2020 looks like training will look like everywhere in 2030 – inclusive, accessible and progressive."

Dr John Matthews tells us why Plymouth offers a unique and career-building experience for performers

Featured programme: MFA Performance Training

With the MFA Performance Training programme you will hone your performance skills and enhance your knowledge of performance training processes.

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Performance. Experience. Presence (P.E.P) research group

Sharing interests in embodiment, training and cultural representation, our research focuses on creating and analysing performance in all of its forms. This group includes researchers of theatre, dance, live art and interdisciplinary performance practices.

Our PEP Talks series of research seminars is scheduled throughout the academic year and research students organise their own conferences and events.

Learn more about the work carried out by PEP, our theatre, dance and performing arts research group

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