academic staff
Permanent Staff

   Geoffrey Hyland
Head of Department. Associate Professor. BA UOVS, HDE, BA (Hons) Cape Town, MFA York
Directs theatre, opera and dance professionally. Teaches across a range of courses with particular interest in directing, acting for stage and camera, and design. Special focus: the staging of gender and sexual politics in theatrical productions. Directing Shakespeare. Associate Teacher: Professional Actors Lab, Toronto, Canada. Has taught in Canada and the USA.
Fleur du Cap Award for Young Directors, Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama, Kanna Awards for Best Dance Production and Best Technical. Fleur du Cap Award, Vita Award and Kanna Award nominations for Best Director.
2nd Year Theatre & Performance Course Co-ordinator
Student Affairs & Consultation
Internal Departmental Financial Aid

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7122

   Mark Fleishman
Professor. BA Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama, MA, PhD Cape Town
Professor, Programme Convenor for Theatre and Performance. Co-artistic director of Magnet Theatre. Teaches across a range of theoretical and practical courses with a specific focus on theatre-making. Research areas include physical theatre, interactive dramaturgy, site-specific community-based performance and technology and live performance. Fleur du Cap Award for Directing, FNB Vita Awards for Directing and Choreography.
Honours in TV Production Convenor, Theatre Making Co-ordinator


tel: +27 (0)21 480 7123

   Gay Morris
Emeritus Associate Professor (retired). BA, Postgraduate Specialist Teacher's Diploma in Speech & Drama, MA, Phd, Cape Town, ADB London

Executive Committee member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR). On the editorial review panel of the South African Theatre Journal and the editorial advisory board of RIDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.


   Jay Pather
Associate Professor. BA Hons (English Literature) BA Hons (Drama) ATCL, MA (New York University)
Associate Professor, Postgraduate Convenor, MA Co-ordinator, Programme Convenor for Movement, Director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre
Research Focus: Dance theatre; Site specific and site-responsive work; African Knowledges; Relationship between classical and contemporary African forms; Interdisciplinary and Inter-cultural work; Installation performances; Collaborative research questions with dance, text, visual arts, video, architecture, music and sound composition.
Brett Kebble Art Award, FNB Vita for Choreography; Committee Member National Arts Festival; Chairperson Performing Arts Network of South Africa

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7126

   Sabata Sesiu
PGAD Lamda, MA Leeds
Lecturer. Has written, directed and produced various education, curative and development projects using drama in West, Central and Southern Africa as well as Europe, particularly Denmark and the United Kingdom. Teaches across a range of courses with particular interest in acting, directing and writing. Specialist areas include Theatre and Drama in Education, Community Theatre for Development and African Theatre Studies. Winner of the African Poet Award (London) and the Noupoort Playwrights Initiative Award (Cape Town).
Academic Development Tutor.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7121

   Jacqui Singer
MA Theatre & Performance (UCT), BA (Drama) Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama (UCT).
Lecturer. 1st Year Theatre & Performance Co-ordinator
Founder member of the Space Theatre Company.
Professional Director and Actress. Has taught voice and acting at a practical level in schools, community projects and universities.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7124

   Christopher Weare
BA (Hons) UED Rhodes
Associate Professor and Director of the Little Theatre. Founder of The Intimate Theatre
Member of The Mechanicals Collective. Professional theatre director and theatre creator.
BA T&P 4th year Co-ordinator
DRM4000H Course Leader
DRM4002H Course Leader

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7136

   Amy Jephta
professional theater director and theater maker.
Bilingual Acting Co-ordinator

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7145

   Gordon Bilbrough

Lecturer. Drama 1 Co-ordinator.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7175

   Sara Matchett
MA Theatre & Performance, UCT. Course co-ordinator for Drama 2010F. Teaching profile centres around voice, acting, theatre-making and applied drama/theatre. Interested in interdisciplinary modes of creating. Area of research is around exploring breath as a catylyst for making autobiographical performance. Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Mothertongue Project, a collective of women artists, facilitators and healing practitioners.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7120

   Dr Veronica Baxter
MA UKZN(research focus on trade union theatre and theatre for development; PhD WINCHESTER/SOUTHAMPTON (research focus on applied theatre and aesthetics).

Course leader, Applied Theatre masters and Honours in Drama.
Research and teaching focuses on Applied Theatre and South African Theatre, Educational Drama.

Research interests: Veronica Baxter is interested in the intersection of aesthetics, theatre, education and politics. At the moment she is researching the relationship between the practice of the creative arts and perceptions of happiness and wellbeing, as well as the development of personal resilience. She sustains her research interest in South African theatre and educational theatre, as well as in the therapeutic potential of song and voice.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7125

Full Time Contract Staff

   Clare Stopford


Part Time Staff

   Liz van Breda
Educational Drama