The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications to our MA and PhD programs in Theatre and Performance Studies. Applications are due January 10 2019.
Our program is committed to an “On-Stage” approach to the history, theory, and practice of theatre and performance traditions 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 challenges 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 around ten theatrical shows every year, and students can apply to serve as directors, assistant directors, designers, choreographers, and dramaturgs for these productions. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival produces five plays each summer, and students can apply 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. The department also produces 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. In the Thesis Track, students write a substantial research document in preparation to apply to doctoral programs; the MA Non-Thesis Track provides for a wider expanse of career preparation, a chance for students to develop their own path. 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.
We are happy to talk with you and help you coordinate a visit to meet the faculty, staff and students, see a production, sit in on classes, and see our facilities and beautiful Boulder.
Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Faculty include:
Musical Theatre | American Theatre | GLBTQ Performance | Representations of Gender | Directing | New Works
Disability Studies | Copyright | Dramatic Theory and Criticism | Modern Drama
Applied Theatre | Climate Change Communication | Women in Development & Young Women’s Empowerment | Youth and Resilience
Shakespeare and Community | Civic Engagement | Theatre for Young Audiences | Adaptations and New Works
Performance Studies | Performance and Politics | Brazilian and Latin American Studies | Digital Humanities