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Theatre Arts

Field Description

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.

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

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Theatre Arts

  • drama and the theatre
  • theatre history
  • theatre practice (acting or directing) (minor)
  • theatre theory and aesthetics

Faculty

Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; 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 - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre practice (acting or directing) Research Interests: directing; acting
Arnika Fuhrmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: performing arts in asia; performance theory; and transmedia art in aisa
J. Ellen Gainor - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: drama and the theater; dramatic literature; feminism, gender, and theater; theater history
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics
Sabine Haenni - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: 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 - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: drama and the theatre; threatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Karen Jaime - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: performance studies/theories; latina/o performance, filmand culture
Bruce A Levitt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: directing; dramatic literature
Philip A. Lorenz - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: drama and the theatre; theatre theory and aesthetics; theatre history; theatre practice
Alejandro Madrid - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre practice (acting or directing); theatre theory and aesthetics
Beth Milles - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre practice (acting or directing)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: dramatic theory; comparative drama; Renaissance
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: music and performance
Jeffrey S Rusten - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history Research Interests: theater history; dramatic literature; classical drama
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: 20th-century theater and culture; American drama; modernism; feminist and queer performance theory and practice
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: cinema and media studies
C. Riley Snorton - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: feminist, gender and sexuality studies
Amy Villarejo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: feminist and queer film/video; "Third Cinema"; postcolonial film/video; Marxism; cultural studies
Sara L. Warner - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theatre Arts: drama and the theatre; theatre history; theatre theory and aesthetics Research Interests: theater history; performance studies; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist and queer performance; theater and social change