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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Brown University

Brown University, Providence, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    63
  • Degree MDiv
  • Study Level PHD
  • Duration 24 months
The Theatre Arts and Performance Studies program takes a broad-spectrum approach to the study of histories, theories, and methods of theater and performance. While offering a rigorous background in theater history in global perspective, we also use performance as an analytical tool, exploring the labor of mimesis in the social. A slate of courses with significant strength in performance theory, theater history, cultural studies, visual studies, and world performance allows students to determine the right mix of theater studies and performance studies for their projects. We offer opportunities to take classes throughout the University and encourage taking full advantage of diverse resources both on campus and in greater Providence. The consortium with Trinity Repertory Company, Brown's playwriting program, and cross-currents with RISD make the Brown environment alive with intersections between practice and theory. The libraries at Brown provide exceptional special collections, including the Harris Collection of American Drama and Poetry; the Smith Collection of Conjuring, Magicana, and Popular Entertainment Forms; and the Albert-Bernard Shaw Collection. The graduate program is highly selective, with a small cohort which gives students access to regular individual mentorship and ensures success in the graduate program. The Department requires that each student gain experience in pedagogy through teaching opportunities within the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department itself. Specific teaching assistantships will be determined in consultation with a student’s committee. The program offers a number of options for admission. Students with a BA may apply for either: The MA/PhD program: students accepted to this program do not yet have a Masters in the field and expect to acquire an MA in the process of doctoral candidacy at Brown. The PhD program: students who already have an MA in Theatre and/or Performance Studies or a related field may apply for the PhD. Students with an MFA may also apply to the PhD, but may be required to complete additional coursework.