Graduate Coursework and Workshops


The Graduate Program in Theater and Dance provides students with an in-depth global education in theater and performance studies. Students develop a strong foundation in history, literature, and critical theory that supports their individual research and prepares them to teach a broad range of performance studies courses.



For the first two years of graduate study, students participate in 2-3 seminars per quarter.  In seminar, students have the opportunity to hone their research, discussion, and writing skills through the advanced study of a variety of topics in theater and performance studies.

Recent Graduate Seminars include:

  • History of Avant Garde Performance (Prof. King)
  • Eugene O’Neill: The Inescapable Self of American Theater Studies (Prof. King)
  • Physicality (Instructor varies)
  • Popular Culture and Entertainment in Performance Studies (Instructor varies)
  • Displacing the Diaspora: Tracing the Africanist Presence in Afro-Caribbean and American Worlds (Prof. Bennahum)
  • Post Humanist Discourses (Prof. Cabranes-Grant)
  • Theories of Embodiment (Prof. Cabranes-Grant)
  • The Invention of Tragicomedy (Prof. Cabranes-Grant)
  • Don Juan Through the Ages (Prof. Morton)
  • Practice in Adaptation (Prof. Morton)
  • Ethnographic Research Methods in Performance (Prof. McMahon)
  • African Theatre and Performance (Prof. McMahon)
  • Race, Performance, and Pedagogy (Prof. McMahon)

For more information visit the Theater and Dance Graduate Catalog



Each year the graduate faculty provides 2-4 professional development workshops for graduate students.

Topics include:

  • Prospectus Writing
  • Conference Proposals and Papers
  • Writing and Submitting Journal Articles
  • Book Proposals
  • The Academic Job Search
  • Pedagogy
  • Grant Writing