Theatre Arts

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • Three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL minimum score of 250 computer-based or 600 paper-based

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Theatre Arts (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • drama and the theatre
  • theatre history
  • theatre theory and aesthetics

Minor concentrations

  • theatre practice (acting or directing)

The Theatre Arts program focuses on theatre scholarship and pedagogy, with the goal of preparing students for careers as teachers and scholars. Course work integrates theoretical, textual, and performance considerations from a scholarly perspective. The program is not designed to train theatre practitioners, or to train artists/scholars, but students do have opportunities to work and teach in production areas. The field's faculty members are drawn from the Department of Performing and Media Arts, and from other departments, such as Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, German Studies, English, and Africana Studies.

The Special Committee is made up of a faculty member in the student's major area (drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics;) and a faculty member in the student's first minor area, both of whom are in the Field of Theatre Arts; plus a faculty member from outside the field to represent the student's second minor area. Students whose interdisciplinary interests encompass more areas of study may add a fourth committee member.

All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in two languages other than English that the Special Committee deems relevant to their research work. Language work must be completed prior to taking the Admission to Candidacy examination.

Research facilities:
Cornell University maintains an extensive library system for scholarly research, with excellent holdings in all facets of theatre history, literature, and criticism. Olin and Kroch Libraries are the main research centers for the humanities; they house several special collections of particular interest to theatre scholars, including extensive materials on and by George Bernard Shaw and George Jean Nathan. The Department of Performing and Media Arts also maintains a library of theatrically related works.

Application:
Admission is highly selective. Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a writing sample. International students who are required to take the TOEFL exam must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) to be considered. An undergraduate major in theatre is not required for admission, although applicants who have had little or no academic work in theatre may have to do more than others to acquire the competence in theatre scholarship expected.

Debra Castillo -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Walter Cohen -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: Renaissance theater; theater theory; dramatic literature
David Feldshuh -- Concentrations: drama and the theatre; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: directing; acting
Donald Fredericksen -- Concentrations: theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: cinema theory and history
J. Ellen Gainor -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: drama and the theater; dramatic literature; feminism, gender, and theater; theater history
Mitchell Greenberg -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests:
Sabine Haenni -- Concentrations: theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: film and its relation to theatre; ethnic American theatre and film; popular/mass culture and theory
Ellis Hanson -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: drama and the theatre; threatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Janice Kanemitsu -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Bruce Levitt -- Concentrations: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: directing; dramatic literature
Petrus Liu -- Concentrations: drama and the theatre; Research interests: film, visual studies and theory; Chinese literature and cultural studies
Philip Lorenz -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Alejandro Madrid -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests:
Beth Milles (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests: Acting and Directing
Timothy Murray -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: dramatic theory; comparative drama; Renaissance
Jeffrey Rusten -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; Research interests: theater history; dramatic literature; classical drama
Nicholas Salvato -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: 20th-century theater and culture; American drama; modernism; feminist and queer performance theory and practice
Matthew Wilson Smith -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests:
John Sniadecki -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre practice (acting or directing); Research interests:
Amy Villarejo -- Concentrations: theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: feminist and queer film/video; "Third Cinema"; postcolonial film/video; Marxism; cultural studies
Sara Warner -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: theater history; performance studies; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist and queer performance; theater and social change

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

David Bathrick -- Concentrations: theatre history; drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; Research interests: theater theory; dramatic literature; cinema theory

Learning Objectives / Proficiencies

  1. Overarching goal: complete degree in a timely fashion.
  2. Make an original and substantial contribution to the chosen field. Be able to develop appropriate concepts and methodologies and to articulate the value of the chosen research.
  3. Demonstrate advanced research skills, which may include creative scholarship.
  4. Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship by being actively engaged in the university's scholarly/creative community, professional societies, and other forms of knowledge exchange.
  5. Demonstrate growth as a teacher.

Measures Taken to Gather Information to Assess Learning Objectives/Proficiencies

Measures

Evaluation Method

Learning Objectives Addressed

 

Q Exam

Rubric (see attached form)

3

A Exam

Rubric (see attached form)

2, 3

B Exam

Narrative. Faculty customarily assess the value of a student's research in the job letters they write.  The paragraph(s) addressing the quality of the student's dissertation and its contribution to a field will also be filed separately as part of Graduate Assessment.  Faculty send these to the GFA after the B Exam.

2, 3

Annual Committee Meeting

Post A-Exam students are responsible for convening their dissertation committee at least once a year to discuss what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. It is recommended that students do this before submitting their annual reports.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Annual Report by Students

Graduate students submit a report and updated CV (with new things for the year highlighted) by April 1 of each year. Reports may include:

·         Progress on courses including progress on Incompletes and exam preparation) or research (if post-A exams)

·         Cornell events attended (or organized)

·         Teaching development (workshops attended, portfolio material developed, etc.)

·         Grants & Awards

·         Conference participation

·         Publications

·         Creative Scholarship

·         Service

1, 4, 5

Teaching Observations / TA Evaluations

The Course Leader observes each graduate student's teaching once a semester and writes a brief report to the DGS/GFA. Course leaders and faculty supervising TAs report before or at the Annual Faculty Meeting (see below).

5

Annual Meeting by Field Faculty

Field faculty discuss each student separately (course work, exams, progress on dissertation, creative scholarship, teaching, etc).

Field faculty discuss assessment and decide on action(s) to improve data/program.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Annual Letter from DGS to each student

After the annual meeting by the field faculty, the DGS sends a letter to each student summarizing the graduate faculty's deliberations: assessing progress and recommending what the student needs to work on.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Time to Degree

GFA keeps record of time to degree

1

Job Placement

Graduate students notify GFA of post-graduation accepted positions and new addresses. GFA keeps database of both.

1

Much of the information gathered (from Q Exams, A Exams, B Exams, student reports, teaching observations) will be available for the Annual Meeting of the Graduate Field Faculty (usually scheduled in May, at the end of the school year). At this meeting the Graduate Field Faculty discusses students' progress as well as graduate program assessment, deciding on action(s) to take to improve data/program.