The University of Minnesota offers a unique graduate program committed to the study of theatre and performance as practices of social, cultural, and political consequence. Our students’ work in theatre historiography and performance criticism examines the stakes of representational acts, movement, and meaning-production both within and outside the discipline of theatre. Our program teaches theatre and performance studies with a global perspective, specializing in historiographic and experimental ethnographic approaches. We train students to be field-shapers and innovative teachers, adept at translating between the diverse methodologies employed in our discipline. The close mentorship of faculty and our rigorous core curriculum helps our students develop theoretical fluency, ethical reflexivity, and the skills necessary for interdisciplinary inquiry.

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