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Theatre and Performance Studies


The program is designed to foster both the ardent researcher and the experimental artist, creating well-rounded contributors and collaborators. In whatever role on the production staff or creative team, as performers, scholars, managers, and leaders, our students learn how to join together to tell both personal and global stories. Theatre and Performance Studies' courses train scholar-artists who can work in theatre, film and other media, and many of our courses provide skills that apply on stage and screen.

Our faculty provides both careful mentorship and active involvement in the production season, as well as opportunities to assist or collaborate on outside professional projects. Faculty stay connected to our students well beyond graduation, helping to place them in internships, jobs, and careers.

Our students often use their Tufts experience as a springboard into professional training and careers. Noteworthy alumni in theatre and film include Hank Azaria, Judy Bowman, David Costabile, Peter Gallagher, ML Geiger, Molly Glynn, William Hurt, Nick Jandl, Kristen Lee Kelly, James Nicola, Robert O'Hara, Joel Perez, and Oliver Platt.

In recent years, our undergraduates have gone on to exciting work in the professional theatre, including the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City, starting their own theatre companies, launching their own casting agencies, working with theatrical agents such as Samuel French, performing at Playwrights Horizons, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, or at other theatres in cities across the United States. Others have pursued opportunities in film and television out in Los Angeles. Some of our students pursue advanced training after their time at Tufts. Over the past decade, seniors have gained admission to prestigious graduate programs at the Yale School of Drama, Columbia University, the Juilliard School, NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, Northwestern University, and the Webber-Douglas Academy (London), among others.

While many of our undergraduate alumni have successful careers in some aspect of theatre, film, dance or television, still others have made productive transitions to law, business, advertising, education, and many other fields.