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2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 03, 2023
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Theatre Arts

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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:

For additional information on these aspects of study in the theatre arts at Pitt, visit the department website:

Contact Information

Theatre Box Office: 412-624-PLAY (7529)

Department Chair: Annmarie Duggan
Office: 1617C Cathedral of Learning
Phone: 412-624-7285
Fax: 412-624-6338

Director of Graduate Studies: Michelle Granshaw
Office: 1601B Cathedral of Learning
Phone: 412-624-6467
Fax: 412-624-6338

Graduate Student Services Administrator: Joshua Oliver
Office: 1617A Cathedral of Learning
Phone: 412-624-6568
Fax: 412-624-6338


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.

Applicants to the MFA Program in Performance Pedagogy must demonstrate a desire to develop a pedagogical approach to teaching performance; exhibit potential for teaching excellence; show interest in practice-based research; demonstrate ability to collaborate across degree programs; and display a willingness to continue professional experience outside of the classroom. Successful applicants will be seasoned professional actors willing to make a full commitment of time and energy to the program.

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 check the department website for updates on when we will be admitting the next MFA class.

Rubrics with admissions criteria are available for both programs on our department website.

Financial Assistance

The department offers teaching assistantships (TAs) and teaching fellowships (TFs) to MFA and PhD students. The requirements established by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid must be met in order for students to be eligible. 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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