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Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies


The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) Program aims to cultivate adventurous artists and scholars with a serious commitment to craft and extensive understanding of the contexts in which cultural productions emerge.

Students are encouraged to gain experience in various disciplines, including theater, dance, performance studies, musical theater, intermedia arts, and design. As research in theater, dance, and performance studies is interdisciplinary in scope and global in perspective, students are expected to take courses in cognate disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, political science, film, art, and literature. The major provides a solid education in the humanities and preparation for graduate studies or careers in theater, dance, and the performing arts.

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Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies offers courses in performance history and theory as well as performance practice, including acting, directing, playwriting, design, dramaturgy, dance, musical theater, and digital media performance. It involves the study of performance techniques, new work development, creative and critical approaches to analysis, and the study of performance as a medium of artistic, cultural, social, and political expression. 

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