Alumni from the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts shine at the ATKV Tienertoneel regional festival in Bloemfontein

As the curtain falls on this year’s ATKV Tienertoneel regional festival in Bloemfontein, the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts alumni have once again proven that they are an integral part of the theatrical landscape in the region, leaving an indelible mark on the world of theatre and performance in schools. The festival not only showcased the exceptional young theatrical talents of high school learners, but also the creativity, dedication, and excellent skills of several alumni from the Drama Department. (Read more)

Drama alumni steal the show at the Fraserburg Logan Toneelfees

Fraserburg Logan Toneelfees is the country’s oldest and biggest school drama festival. It is hosted at Hoërskool Fraserburg by a community organisation. Forty-two productions from all over the country made their way this year to the stage in Fraserburg which took place from 1 - 5 August 2023. Several of our alumni, now drama teachers, took part in the festival and were nominated or won several prizes. (Read more)



MoA between UFS and PACOFS links the sciences with real-world practice

The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and the Odeion School of Music (OSM) recently (26 July 2023) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS), linking the sciences with real-world practice. The MoA includes the use of PACOFS facilities, joint art and culture development projects, joint community projects, and overall cross-pollination between academia and the industry in the sphere of the arts. It is merging the strengths of the two entities for the development of the Free State.
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Way to go UFS Drama! 
Drama staff, students, and alumni took the Vrystaat Arts Festival by storm!

The Vrystaat Arts Festival annually hosts productions from staff, students, and alumni from the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. This year was no exception with several productions from theatre for young audiences to serious dramas performed at the Main and Vrynge Festival. The festival ran from 11 – 15 July 2023 on the UFS Campus. Five professional productions featured on the Main Festival, with several productions by students and alumni at the Vrynge Festival.  
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#AfricaMonth: Celebrating books and multilingualism

Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha, award-winning actor, director and theatre practitioner, launches his book in celebration of #AfricaMonth. 

The recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree from the University of the Free State (UFS), Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makgetha, is an award-winning South African actor who has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Cry, the Beloved Country, Lord of War, Mandela and de Klerk, and the 2005 Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi. As part of celebrating Africa Month, the UFS Library and Information Services (LIS), in collaboration with the Office for International Affairs, launched his book, titled I Am A Man: A Memoir, on 18 May 2022(read more)

The Department has a long standing relationship with Dr Jerry Mofokeng and would like to congratulate him on the achievement. 

Chris Vorster’s PhD pays homage to the impact of Egoli creator, Franz Marx

Dr Chris Vorster, lecturer at the Drama and Theatre Arts Department, during the April 2022 graduation ceremony in the Callie Human Centre on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus.
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