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Why study Theatre and Film Studies?

We study theatre and film as performing arts and as cultural processes in order to provoke a more direct understanding of ourselves as participants in, and as performers and consumers of, culture. Theatre and Film Studies students are encouraged to work both as artists and as scholars at all levels: to read and think and write, but also to create, to act and direct, and to shoot and edit films.

Theatre and film studies courses integrate theory and practice, with performance and digital film work serving as grounds for scholarly writing and all research having the potential to provoke artistic experimentation. Ideally, students study both theatre and film, as these disciplines have in common various theories of genre, representation and performance, as well as the practices of acting and directing.

News and Announcements

Courses available for 2015

Please come talk to us about your plans for this year. Course offerings include Performing the Holocaust in Theatre & Film and The Performance of the Body in Theatre and Film. All courses are listed here. Please contact Greta Bond to discuss your options.


  • Congratuations to Emma Johnston, Marian McCurdy and Te Rita Papesch on the successful completion of their PhDs.
  • Congratulations to Diane Dupres on the successful completion of her MA thesis.
  • Congratulations to Adjunct Associate Professor Sharon Mazer on her appointment as Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at AUT (appointment to: Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori & Indigenous Studies; the Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies; and Colab).  
  • Dr Marian McCurdy has signed a contract with Intellect Books to publish her thesis.
  • Free Theatre is now in residence at the Gym, Arts Centre (its first fully restored building). The company includes: Associate Professor Peter Falkenberg, Artistic Director; TAFS staff, students and graduates; community members and other organisations. This includes five TAFS PhDs: Dr George Parker, Dr Marian McCurdy, Dr Greta Bond, Dr Emma Johnston, and Dr Ryan Reynolds. Since their return to the Arts Centre, Free Theatre has produced two major productions: Kafka’s Amerika (October & November 2014), and Footprints/Tapuwae (June 2015). Free Theatre has also instituted an ongoing Friday night programme called Ubu Nights and launched an education programme.
  • Congratulations to TAFS PhD student Stuart McKay, who has won a prestigious Canterbury Scholarship, which recognises students of the highest calibre undertaking PhD research at the university.


  • A Free Theatre production of Frankenstein will take place in late 2015 and include TAFS staff, graduates and current students.