Pre-ParadiseThe Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance is one of the most comprehensive theatre and performance program offered by an Australian university, enjoying a reputation as one of the most outstanding courses of its kind in the country. We offer two pathways to study theatre and performance at undergraduate level:

  • Theatre Major or Minor
  • Performance Minor
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Students devise new work in the Drama Theatre

Whether taking a major or minor with us, all CTP students enter first year by taking our first year ‘Gateway Units’ Performance in Context 1 and Performance in Context 2.

Throughout their degree students can develop further specialisations in directing, music theatre, performance studies, scriptwriting, and theatre history, philosophies of performance with the possibility of internships and mentorships in technical theatre and design.

Staff from the Centre for Theatre and Performance are all members of the Performance Research Unit (PRU). The PRU is a hub for innovative research, both theoretical and practical. Current projects include research into gender and performance, performance and ecology, classical reception, storytelling, performance pedagogy, performance philosophy, dramaturgy, and ethnography of performance.

Postgraduate student Peter Fraser

The Centre is also home to the largest cohort of postgraduate students in theatre and performance in Australia, including many from Asian countries. Many of these students are pursuing practice-led MAs and PhDs, presenting work for public performance supported by the Academy of Performing Arts.