Drama was planned from UEA’s inception - and elements of the subject were always taught within the Literature programme - but teaching could not formally begin until 1979 when a building was converted into the original Drama Studio.
This has since been replaced by the current purpose-built flexible facility which is professionally equipped and seats around 200 in a variety of seating configurations.
At UEA, from their earliest days, our courses (Drama, Drama with Literature and, most recently, Scriptwriting and Performance) have always blended academic study with practical exploration and skills training. Students write, create and perform drama as well as studying its history, theory and social significance.
Over the years, the courses have produced a great number of professional alumni - most in theatre, film and TV, but also in many other areas - including business and education. Our alumni include Matt Smith (2005), best known as the 11th Doctor in Doctor Who, but who also played Prince Philip in The Crown; Greg James (2007), host of the Radio One Breakfast show; and Olivia Vinall (2008), who starred in the BBC Drama, The Woman in White.