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Graduate Program: Theatre and Performance Studies
Enrollment is selective 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' award-winning faculty, we offer students the opportunity to take courses across the university, and in the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.
In addition to their research, graduate students engage in academic life in a variety of ways, including undergraduate teaching, editorial and dramaturgical assistantships, among many forms of university life. Graduate students serve as teaching assistants in a variety of film studies, 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, at Tufts' acclaimed Experimental College, and through adjunct appointments across Greater Boston. Recently courses designed by our graduate students include Playwriting, LGBTQ+ Theatre, Performing Asian America, and Directing I and II. Additionally, our students serve as actors, directors, designers and dramaturgs on campus and throughout greater Boston.
Graduate Faculty:Graduate faculty actively mentor students' participation and integration into academic life. We encourage and support pathways towards publication in leading journals, 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 a graduate- level course in pedagogy, alongside professional development workshops. Faculty believe in a wide variety of possibilities for life after the MA/PhD, and thus offer 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 many employment opportunities.
Barbara Wallace Grossman
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.
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