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Micia de Wet is currently a PhD researcher at Coventry University's Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). She is also a performing artist, theatre-maker, writer, choreographer, and lecturer. Micia's research is focused on somatic approaches to performance within interdisciplinary perspectives. She holds an MA Drama Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Research Interests

somatic practice; live performance; embodied cognition; neuroscience; psychology; acting training; physical theatre; postdramatic theatre; intuition

PhD Project

I created an original somatic method with the intention of developing an actor's intuition as both an embodied cognitive state and process. My Practice as Research inquiry is an interdisciplinary exploration that combines embodied cognitive science, somatic practice, and acting training. 

Master's Project

My MA Drama thesis (2017) was a practice-based-research investigation that explored how a radical re-interpretation of Sam Shepard's A lie of the mind (1986) would destabilise the victim / perpetrator binary between the two protogonist characters, Beth and Jake. It explored and utilised Antonin Artaud's notion of The Absolute within Theatre of Cruetly, and created a contextual framework by using René Girard's notions of violence, vengeance, victimisation, and scapegoating. This study was done at The University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa under the supervision of Prof. Marié-Heleen Coetzee and Dr. Chris Broodryk. 

Vision Statement

I am interested in creating work that is socially and politcally relevant in both my own processes as a theatre-maker, as well as within the content I explore. I strive for ethical and inclusive practice and research. It is important to me as both a researcher and practitioner to leave spaces, both literal and metaphorical, better than I found them. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Drama , MA, Directing 'The Absolute': towards destabilising the victim/perpetrator binary in Sam Shepard's A lie of the mind (1985), University of Pretoria

30 Jan 201530 Apr 2017

Award Date: 17 May 2017


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