The Performing Arts Department is home to two graduate programs: an AM Program in Theater and Performance Studies and an MFA Program in Dance.
The application deadline for both graduate programs is January 15. The application can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' website.
The Master’s Program in Theater and Performance Studies introduces students to cutting-edge scholarship in the dynamic field of theater and performance studies, preparing them to pursue academic careers as scholar-practitioners. Offering a broad-based approach to the study of performance, this two-year program expands a traditional focus on aesthetic practice to include cultural performances such as gender performativity, Civil Rights activism, early modern surgery, slave auctions, and begging. Under this broad umbrella, students are invited to explore the mutual engagement of aesthetic and cultural performance practices across history, around the globe, and between disciplines, drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches to illuminate the complex meanings generated by and through performance.
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Dance offers an innovative approach to dance technique, composition, improvisation and production. It is run in collaboration with the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), one of the nation’s largest community arts organizations with a nationally recognized dance division. This two-year program involves an energetic interplay of studio work with professionally distinguished dance instructors, seminars with faculty who are experts in their fields and independent studies in choreography. It will expand your dance skills while engaging you with current concepts of dance as an art form, as an expression of culture and identity, and as a mode of critical thinking.
Members of our dance faculty have performed with such companies as American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Ballet of Washington D.C., Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Utah Repertory Dance Theatre.