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; MA and PhD Supervisor; Movement Advisor; Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA); 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.
FNB Vita for Choreography; KZN Province Living Legend Award; Tunkie Award for Dance Leadership; Brett Kebble Art Award
Curator Infecting the City and GIPCA Live Art Festivals; Member of Jury International Award for Public Art; Judge BASA/Business Day Art Awards; Executive Board Member National Arts Festival.

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7142
Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts
Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre

   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

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

tel: +27 (0)21 480 7145

   Gordon Bilbrough

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

   Clare Stopford