Performing and Media Arts

Field Description

The graduate program in Performing and Media Arts focuses on research, writing, pedagogy, and praxis in order to prepare students for careers as scholars and teachers. Students may work with a strong emphasis in either theatre and performance studies or cinema and media studies, and they are also encouraged to find novel, fresh, and rigorous ways to produce work at interdisciplinary sites of contact between theatre and performance studies on the one hand and cinema and media studies on the other hand.
 
A student’s Special Committee is made up of three faculty members, two PMA field faculty members representing the student's major area (theater and performance studies, cinema and media studies, or theatre theory and aesthetics) and a third, from outside the PMA field faculty, representing the student's minor area. Students whose interdisciplinary interests encompass more areas of study may add a fourth committee member. Possible areas include (but are not limited to): Directing or Acting PedagogyFilm and Video StudiesFeminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies; LGBT Studies, Africana Studies; Anthropology; Asian Studies; English, German; Music; Near Eastern Studies; and American Studies

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 areas relevant to the field. Olin and Kroch Libraries are the main research centers for the humanities; they house several special collections of particular interest to our program, including the world’s largest Hip Hop Collection, extensive materials on and by George Bernard Shaw and George Jean Nathan, and the Rose Golden Archive of New Media. Students work closely with Cornell's Society for the Humanities and The School for Criticism and Theory, interdisciplinary centers of intellectual exchange that draw scholars and artists from across the globe.

Contact Information

Website: http://pma.cornell.edu/
Email: dm246@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 254-2757

Graduate Field Assistant
223 Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 430 College Avenue
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Data and Statistics

Subject and Degrees

Performing and Media Arts

Concentrations by Subject

Performing and Media Arts

  • cinema and media studies
  • theatre and performance studies
  • theatre practice (acting or directing) (minor)
  • theatre theory and aesthetics

Faculty

Christine Bacareza Balance

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies; theatre and performance studies
  • Research Interests: performance studies, popular music studies, transnational Asian American studies, critical Filipino/Filipino American studies, sound studies

Debra Ann Castillo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice

David M Feldshuh

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre practice (acting or directing)
  • Research Interests: directing; acting, speaking in public

Arnika Fuhrmann

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies; theatre and performance studies
  • Research Interests: performing arts in asia; performance theory; and transmedia art in Asia

J. Ellen Gainor

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: drama and the theater; British and American dramatic literature; feminism, gender, and theater; theater history

Mitchell D Greenberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics

Sabine Haenni

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies
  • Research Interests: American, European, Transnational cinemas, film history, silent film, migration, urbanism/geography/architecture, cinema, media and the public sphere, film festivals

Ellis Hanson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies; theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice

Karen Jaime

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: performance studies/theories; latina/o performance, film and culture

Bruce A Levitt

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: directing; dramatic literature, prison studies

Philip A. Lorenz

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history

Alejandro Madrid

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies

Rebekah Maggor

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre practice (acting or directing)
  • Research Interests: theatre of protest, contemporary Middle Eastern drama, dramatic translation, transcultural adaption, directing, devising, acting, voice and speech, theatre techniques and pedagogy

Beth Milles

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre practice (acting or directing)
  • Research Interests: directing; devising; public performance; new works; improvisation/discovery; street performance/clown/audience interaction; contemporization of classical work

Timothy Conway Murray

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies; theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: dramatic theory; comparative drama; Renaissance, media studies

Judith Ann Peraino

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies
  • Research Interests: music and performance

Jeffrey S Rusten

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: theater history; dramatic literature; classical drama

Nicholas G. Salvato

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies; theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: 20th-century theater and culture; American drama; modernism; feminist and queer performance theory and practice

Samantha Noelle Sheppard

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies
  • Research Interests: cinema and media studies

Amy Villarejo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: cinema and media studies
  • Research Interests: feminist and queer film/video; "Third Cinema"; postcolonial film/video; Marxism; cultural studies

Sara L. Warner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Performing and Media Arts: theatre and performance studies; theatre theory and aesthetics
  • Research Interests: theater history; performance studies; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist and queer performance; theater and social change