There are many opportunities to study drama within the Oxford English degree - you could choose to study dramatic texts in many of your period papers in the first and second years, write on drama or a dramatist for your dissertation, or possibly study Drama in English as your special option (in the years when this is offered). There is also a whole paper devoted to Shakespeare.
Oxford also has its own visiting professorship in drama, which is held in turn by directors, playwrights and actors – Alan Ayckbourn, Arthur Miller, Ian McKellan, and Diana Rigg have been among them. Performance is not a part of the degree course, although many of our students find their appreciation and understanding of dramatic works is developed through their involvement in student theatre in Oxford. There are also many opportunities for involvement in drama in the University as a whole. There are numerous student-run dramatic productions, as well as the chance to start up new enterprises!
The Faculty has key strengths in the study of drama, with academics such as Dr Sos Eltis and Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. There are opportunities to specialise in drama in our final papers and the flexibility of the course and the teaching allows bias to certain genres throughout the course.
The Faculty holds the Cameron Mackintosh archive, which has numerous scripts from drama companies across the country.
There are numerous possibilities for getting involved in student drama and amateur dramatics with a huge range of productions every year.