Theatre and Performance Colloquium: Mondays 6:15 pm, Milbank Hall 306.  Open to faculty and students in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance
Colloquium October 14: Emily Ciavarella Kuntz will present a chapter from her dissertation, “Transformed Within and Without: The Performance of Religious Conversion in the Medieval and Early Modern Saint Play”
Colloquium October 14: Buck Wanner will present “Money and Models: Changing Infrastructures of Dance,” a chapter of his dissertation, “Community in Transition: Downtown Dance in the 1990s”
Colloquium November 11: Danielle Drees will present a chapter from her dissertation, “Staging Sleep: Labor, Care, and Rest in Contemporary Performance”
Colloquium November 11: Taarini Mookherjee, English, will present “‘A little patch of ground’: Hamlet and the Vernacular,” from her dissertation “Desifying Shakespeare: Performing Contemporary India in Adaptations”
Colloquium December 2: Meadhbh McHugh will present a chapter from her dissertation, “Black Lyric: Trauma and Poetic Language in Contemporary Drama”
Colloquium February 24: Warren Kluber will present the introduction to his dissertation, “Theatre of Operations/Operating Theatre: Medical Dramaturgies in Anti-War Plays, 1919-2019”
Colloquium March 23 (Zoom): Olivia Rutigliano will present a chapter of her dissertation, “The Performing Detective: Investigation, Audience, and Acting in Victorian Literary Entertainment”
Colloquium April 20 (Zoom): Annie Potter will present a chapter of her dissertation, “Musical Theatre as History Play: Form, Gender, and Historical Representation”
Colloquium May 4 (Zoom): Anna Waller will present a chapter from her dissertation, “Mass Performance and the Dancing Chorus Between the Wars, 1918-1939”
Congratulations to Emily Lang Madison, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Stages of Emotion: Shakespeare, Performance, and Affect in Modern Anglo-American Film and Theatre”
Congratulations to Michi Barall, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Brand New Worlds: Disney’s Theatrical Assemblages”
Congratulations to Jessica Simon, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Mimetic Sensations: Sensation Genres, Victorian Realism, and the Transmission of Feeling”
Congratulations to Rosa Schneider, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Race and Performance Historiography in the American Theatre 1991-2014″

Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance

The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at Columbia University encourages students to explore the reciprocal relationships between performance and scholarship, criticism and creation, theory and practice in one of the world’s great centers of theatrical performance, New York City. The program is designed at once to provide the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the prevailing traditions of Western and non-Western drama, theatre, and performance scholarship, as well as to identify a specific trajectory of individual research. Overseen by an interdepartmental faculty committee–drawn from the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Theatre Program of the School of the Arts, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, various language departments, Philosophy, Classics, and the Barnard College Department of Theatre–the program encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary research across the wide spectrum of theatre and performance studies. The relatively small size of the program ensures a close working relationship with supervising faculty; doctoral students in Theatre and Performance often work with doctoral students in other humanities fields, as well as with Theatre Program M.F.A. students in directing, dramaturgy, and playwriting. Doctoral students are admitted with a six-year package of funding, which combines both fellowship and teaching support. In the past decade, Ph.D. students from the program have been appointed to tenure-track positions in a range of fields (English, Theatre, Performance Studies) at Stanford, Princeton, Boston University, Indiana University, King’s College London, The University of Texas at Austin, Skidmore College, the Ohio State University, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, and elsewhere.

Degree Programs: Full-Time: M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Co-Chair: W. B. Worthen, Ph.D.
Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts
506 Milbank Hall
Barnard College

Co-Chair: Julie Stone Peters, Ph.D.
H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature
602 Philosophy Hall