Job Details

  • Reference number: E210264
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Temporary employment
  • Posted: July 22nd

Background to Position

As one of the leading Theatre & Performance Departments in the continent, The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS), is a dynamic site for the study of contemporary performance practice in Africa and places emphasis on engaged and active research, critically and socially relevant teaching, as well as continental and southern collaborations.

Built on a proud tradition of excellence, the CTDPS is committed to nurturing creative and academic achievement within the context of a vibrant local, continental and international performing arts community. In line with UCT’s Vision 2030 of expanding UCT’s reach on the African continent, we are seeking a dynamic individual who has knowledge and experience of teaching and researching Contemporary Theatre & Performance both within the South African context and a broadened African context.

The annual cost of employment, including benefits at:

  • Senior Lecturer Level: R921 012

  • Associate Professor Level: R1 105 604

Job Description


  • Planning, implementing, coordinating and teaching both theory and practice across all four undergraduate years and at postgraduate level.
  • Supervising postgraduate studies
  • Directing student Productions
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Convenorship of courses
  • Research
  • Social Responsiveness

Inherent Criteria


  • At A/Professor Level a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies or in a cognate field.
  • At Senior Lecturer level a PhD or MA in Theatre and Performance Studies or Masters Qualification in a cognate field. (In the case of an MA, the candidate will commit to pursuing PhD studies).
  • A proven track record in teaching Acting, Performance, Performance Making and Directing to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • A proven track record in teaching and making contemporary performance in at least three of the following:
  • Live and Public Art
  • Installation Performance Art
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Acting in theatre and on screen
  • A proven track record of making and directing both professional and student theatre productions.
  • A proven track record in lecturing academic aspects of Theatre and Performance to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a particular focus on contemporary performance.
  • Knowledge and experience of teaching and researching Contemporary Theatre & Performance both within the South African context and a broadened African context.
  • Proficiency in engaging and teaching Performance as Research in Practice.
  • A proven track record of research (inclusive of creative works) and a commitment to continued postgraduate supervision in contemporary performance practice, with a focus on performance within the South African context and a broadened African context.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities within the context of a tertiary institution.


  • Capability to teach in at least one of these aspects: Voice and Movement
  • The capacity to engage and facilitate the expansion of the CTDPS’s networks into the broader African Continent and taking UCT’s mission of being a world-class African university seriously.

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr Ian Petersen

  • UCT Application Form 
  • Cover letter, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.