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Welcome to Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW-Madison

Formerly the M.A./Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama, the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program at UW-Madison prepares M.A. and Ph.D. students to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary research in theatre studies, and to relate their scholarly research to production and/or teaching.

The master of arts in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies can serve as a preparatory degree for the Ph.D., or as a terminal degree for students seeking greater exposure to theatre studies beyond the undergraduate degree. Through rigorous coursework and participation in a variety of artistic production processes, the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies program prepares graduates for positions as college and university researchers and instructors as well as public intellectuals, dramaturgs, and critics.

The program’s core and affiliate faculty are leaders in theatre and performance studies, whose scholarship and engagement with the profession is recognized nationally and internationally. The core faculty’s strengths include

Our students work closely with all of the program’s core faculty, as well as affiliated faculty members in such fields as African Studies, African-American studies, Art, Art History, Classics, Communication Arts, English, French and Italian, Gender and Women’s Studies, German, Music, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre and Drama, and Visual Cultures.

The program attracts students from across the United States as well as internationally, and creates opportunities for students to engage in teaching and practice as part of their research. Many of our students participate in theatre and performance groups as actors, dramaturgs, directors, devisers, designers and playwrights on and off campus, allowing them to experiment with a wide range of performance modes. At the same time, all students are expected to develop a strong foundation in current practices in theatre history, theatre and performance theory, and dramatic literature, in addition to their specific area of interest.