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The PhD in theatre with a concentration in theatre and performance of the Americas is a program that trains scholars to examine the histories, theories and practices associated with cultural performance from a hemispheric point of view.
Through coursework, seminars, research and study opportunities, doctoral students work from diverse critical perspectives that mobilize thought across geographical and disciplinary borders. They develop skills to re-examine and interrogate the canon of theatre as text and as performance, expanding the traditional boundaries of theatre studies in two ways: via a perspective that considers the shared histories and practices of theatre and performance in the Americas as central to an intervention in traditionally narrated histories and theories of theatre and via the methodologies of cultural and performance studies that accommodate other forms of embodied expression related to but distinct from formal theatrical expression.
The course of study is designed to provide substantive historical and theoretical grounding in the field while allowing flexibility in the choice of specialized seminar and practical experiences. The first year of study immerses students in the theoretical and practical groundwork of performance research, in general, and modalities of performance in the Americas, in particular. In the second year, students build on research interests identified in the first year through specialized coursework and practical experience.