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.
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.
Subject and Degrees
- Theatre Arts (Ph.D.) (Ithaca)
Concentrations by Subject
- drama and the theatre
- theatre history
- theatre practice (acting or directing) (minor)
- theatre theory and aesthetics