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Theatre is an old form of art, dating back to antiquity. Based on the area of fiction known as drama, theatre is a complex art that combines different elements that aim to transmit a certain feeling, idea or inner state to the audience. This can be achieved through the text of the theatrical play, music, dance, mimic and various specific techniques.

Dance is an art form intended to orient and produce synchronised body movements and continuous exchange of artistic positions of the human body on a certain rhythm. Dance is strongly linked with music, emotional images and content embodiment through choreographic composition, figures and movements. Dance is used as a method of individual expression as well as a way of social communication.

Theatre and dance courses cover topics like: poetics of performance, history of dance, Greek drama, musical theatre performance, gender in dance and theatre, scene design, aspects of choreography.

Studying theatre and dance requires approaching the two art forms from an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international perspective. Students will develop analytical, technical and imaginative abilities leading to a good stage performance. Future theatre and dance professionals are creative thinkers and they have abilities in efficient oral communication, as well as abilities in gesticulation and pantomime.

Graduates may find job opportunities in areas such as: theatre direction, choreography/movement coaching, arts management, dance studios, and more.

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Suggested PhDs in Theatre & Dance

Ph.D. Theatre and Performance

UB's graduate programs in Theatre & Performance feature a unique integration of scholarship and practice. We believe that if you know something theoretically but don't know it practically, then you don't truly understand its whole theory. 

United States
Ph.D. Drama and Theatre Studies PhD (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

The Drama and Theatre Arts department offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a dynamic environment which allows students, scholars and theatre practitioners to work together to achieve a new breadth and depth in the study of drama. It also takes advantage of Birmingham's exceptional resources for theatre research as well as the University's links with world-class theatre in Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, London and beyond.

United Kingdom
Ph.D. Drama, MPhil

The Drama PhD, M.Phil progamme embraces a range of global theory and practice in theatre and performance including play-texts, physical practices and critical/cultural theory on which students can draw in their research.

United Kingdom