CU Boulder MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies – Applications due Dec 1st

Marcos SteuernagelPostgraduate

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder is accepting applications to our MA and PhD programs in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Applications are due 1 December 2017.

Our program is committed to an “On-Stage” approach to the history, theory, and practice of theatre and performance traditions from around the world. Our courses place global dramatic texts and performance traditions in the context of contemporary performance, asking: How might this play work today? What problems does it present the contemporary theatre maker? In what ways is it socially relevant? We encourage our graduate students to engage in the practice of theatre and performance, broadly construed. The department produces at least ten theatrical shows every year, and students serve as directors, assistant directors, designers, choreographers, dramaturgs, and stage managers on many of these productions. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival produces five plays each summer, and students have the opportunity to work with this professional theatre company as actors, interns, dramaturgs, and technical staff. Those researching applied theatre can participate in Performers Without Borders, a student group dedicated to using performance to illuminate social issues and ignite positive social change. Editorial positions are available at PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, dedicated to exploring the theory and application of performance in practice.

We offer two tracks in our two-year MA in Theatre and Performance Studies. The Thesis Track requires students to write a substantial research document and prepares them to apply to doctoral programs. Students who do not plan to pursue a PhD can choose the MA Non-Thesis Track, and those interested in theatre management and entrepreneurship can pursue an MA/MBA in Theatre in partnership with the Leeds School of Business. Our PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies is designed to be completed in four years, and we offer all PhD students a four-year teaching-based funding package.

For more details, please visit our website:

Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Faculty include:

Bud Coleman

Musical Theatre | American Theatre | GLBTQ Performance | Representations of Gender | Directing | New Works

Oliver Gerland

Disability Studies | Copyright | Dramatic Theory and Criticism | Modern Drama

Beth Osnes

Applied Theatre | Climate Change Communication | Women in Development & Young Women’s Empowerment | Youth and Resilience

Kevin Rich

Shakespeare and Community | Civic Engagement | Theatre for Young Audiences | Adaptations and New Works

Marcos Steuernagel

Performance Studies | Performance and Politics | Brazilian and Latin American Studies | Digital Humanities