Drama for Life
Drama for Life is an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the School of Arts of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the first of its kind in the international arena in its scope and practice, providing students with in-depth knowledge of research methods, theories and practices that interrogate pedagogical, community-based and social behavior change interventions. It is also regarded as the leader of its field in Africa. Drama for Life’s primary research and academic focus falls within the fields of study:
- Applied Drama: Theatre in Education, Communities and Social Contexts
- Drama in Education
- Drama Therapy
Drama for Life enhances dialogue for purposes of social transformation through research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. We achieve this through a critical reflexive and therapeutic approach that relates to current social realities and the rich indigenous knowledge of Africa.
Synergy with the Wits 2013 Strategic Plan:
The DFL programme is well positioned to advance the Wits 2013 Strategic Plan and to establish its position as the leading African university with a rigorous research culture. The DFL programme is committed to developing continent-wide strategic partnerships that will make Wits an innovative force for public good. The programme is attracting outstanding individuals in the field.
The Wits DFL programme includes country projects which will result in widespread distribution of graduates who will disseminate skills and training within their regions. By training trainers, the project has a ripple effect within communities and the region.
Furthermore, the programme aims to make a direct and sustainable contribution towards several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of:
HIV and Aids - DFL's primary vision is to develop capacity in HIV and Aids education
Pedagogy and curriculum development - DFL's emphasis is on education of effective, holistic, contemporary pedagogical approaches that will make an impact on teachers and students, theatre-practitioners and audiences alike across Africa
Leadership development - DFL serves to build leadership among drama and theatre academics, researchers and those who use drama as a medium in the healthcare and education sectors throughout Africa
Creating DFL practitioners
A certified DFL practitioner is trained at postgraduate level to accomplish the following outcomes:
Work as a master trainer - training trainers in HIV and Aids education, prevention and rehabilitation
Implement applied drama and theatre in developmental, education, health, arts and culture and youth projects
Facilitate health education about HIV and Aids
Manage, direct or facilitate any project in the theatre and arts sector
Subscribe to the principles of monitoring and evaluation in applied drama and theatre as proposed in the Pan-African Network Charter
Committed to the Charter of Ethical Practice for Applied Drama and Theatre Practitioners
Work with children, adolescents and adults in the formal and informal sectors
Edwin Cameron, Aids activist and judge at the South African High Court talks about is role as patron of Drama for Life: http://www.goethe.de/ins/za/joh/pro/edwin-cameron-interview.pdf