The Department of Theatre Arts, founded in 1982, offers the MA, MFA, and PhD degrees, which integrate training and practice in the theater with scholarship and research in the liberal arts tradition. The minimal requirements for the degrees established by the Graduate Faculty and by A&S Graduate Studies, as described elsewhere in this bulletin, should be read in conjunction with the specific departmental requirements outlined in the Theatre Arts Graduate Handbook. A printed version may be requested by writing the Graduate Student Services Administrator: email@example.com.
For additional information on these aspects of study in the theatre arts at Pitt, visit the department website: www.play.pitt.edu.
Theatre Box Office: 412-624-PLAY (7529)
Department Chair: Annmarie Duggan
Office: 1617C Cathedral of Learning
Director of Graduate Studies: Kathleen George
Office: 1604 Cathedral of Learning
Graduate Student Services Administrator: Maggie Bupp
Office: 1617 Cathedral of Learning
Applicants to the PhD program in Theatre and Performance Studies should demonstrate a desire for rigorous research at the PhD level; potential for teaching excellence; interest in the exploration of artistic practice; and capacity for creative and critical risk-taking (in terms of research, artistic practice, and teaching). An MA in theatre arts is not a prerequisite for admission to the program. The department admits some highly qualified students with BAs directly into the PhD program.
The MA in Theatre and Performance Studies is open to all qualified students who have completed an undergraduate degree or who will complete one prior to registration. An undergraduate major in theatre arts is not a prerequisite for admission to the program. The graduate faculty understands the MA degree as a preliminary to a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, although it may be undertaken for other reasons.
The MFA in Performance Pedagogy is open to all qualified applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree (or who will complete one prior to registration), along with an expectation of five or more years of professional theater experience. An undergraduate major in theatre arts is normally a prerequisite for admission to the program, though exceptions can be made if circumstances warrant. Because candidates will be teaching extensively during their residency, some teaching experience is preferred. Please note: applications for the MFA are accepted every other year.
The department offers a number of assistantships and fellowships involving teaching, administrative and technical work, assistance to faculty members, and combined duties. The requirements established by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid must be met in order for students to be eligible for department teaching assistantships (TAs) and teaching fellowships (TFs). All students receiving TAs and TFs, receive a full aid package that includes tuition, health benefits, and a stipend. Doctoral students also are eligible for university fellowships, including the Provost’s Humanities Fellowship and K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship.
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