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Graduate Program: Theatre and Performance Studies


The graduate program in Theatre and Performance Studies trains scholar-artists to develop projects in theatre history, performance studies, critical theory, and textual analysis in various theatrical traditions, performance cultures, and global contexts. Gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and class function as primary subjects of scholarly and performative inquiry for many projects undertaken by faculty and students alike. We believe that people of color, individuals living with disability, transgender populations and first-generation students produce new ways of looking and knowing that facilitate thinking and working in a diverse classroom. Consequently, we welcome students from underrepresented communities.

Enrollment is small in order to provide individual attention to the scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects that shape the student experience at Tufts. In addition to drawing upon Tufts' esteemed Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies faculty, we offer students the opportunity to take courses across the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies' training is directly linked to teaching, professionalization, and service. Graduate students serve as teaching assistants in a variety of theatre history, dramatic literature and analysis, and performance courses. Opportunities to develop and teach courses in students' areas of specialization also exist within the department, Tufts' acclaimed Experimental College, and through adjunct appointments across Greater Boston. Additionally our students serve as actors, directors, designers and dramaturgs on campus and throughout greater Boston.

Graduate faculty mentor students' professionalization by actively facilitating publication, conference presentations, and membership in professional organizations including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), and many more. Students receive travel and research support on an annual basis, courtesy of the Sherwood Collins Fund. Additionally the department offers workshops and short courses in pedagogy, professional development, and strategies for navigating the academic job market and alternative job markets for students who wish to pursue careers in arts administration, editing, grant writing, higher education administration, library studies, publishing and technical writing. Graduates of the program are qualified and competitive for a variety of employment possibilities.

Tufts Theatre and Performance Studies faculty engage in active service within the university, across the field of theatre studies, and in state and national bodies of civic engagement. Professors currently function as the Past President of ASTR and members of the organization's executive committee, Black Theatre Association President, ATHE's Vice President for Advocacy, leaders of the Black Theatre Association and the Latinx, Indigenous, and the Americas Focus Group, in addition to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Previously, faculty have served as President of the American Theatre and Drama Society, the National Council on the Arts, and the united States Holocaust Memorial Council. We look to recruit students who view service and leadership as important to their scholarly trajectories.

For more information about the graduate school and its services. Please visit the Graduate School and Graduate Diversity.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Noe Montez.