Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama

IPTD logoThe Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama is a cross-school program involving faculty from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts. We train outstanding students for lifetime careers in academia, emphasizing simultaneous development of intellectual excellence in scholarship with pedagogical skills.

IPTD students are already establishing a vibrant presence in contemporary scholarship across disciplines, publishing in journals like TDR, Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Modern Dramaand The New England Theatre Journal; as well as journals in other fields such as Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and Scene. They also have an impressive body of publications in edited collections and anthologies.

IPTD students have presented at, won awards from, and held Graduate Student leadership positions in major disciplinary conferences and professional organizations, such as the American Society for Theatre Research  (ASTR); the Association for Theatre in Higher Education  (ATHE); Performance Studies International ( PSi); Mid-America Theatre Conference ( MATC); Society of Dance History Scholars ( SDHS) and Congress on Research in Dance ( CORD); as well as extra-disciplinary conferences.

Recent accolades awarded to IPTD students include the Presidential Fellowship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the TDR Student Essay Prize, the National Science Foundation Grant, and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.

Program Director: Harvey Young

Commencement June 2013. Front Row:  La Donna Forsgren, Tracy C. Davis, Sara Armstrong. Back Row: Harvey Young, Keith Kirk, and John Carnwath.


Commencement June 2013. Front Row:  La Donna Forsgren, Tracy C. Davis, Sara Armstrong. Back Row: Harvey Young, Keith Kirk, and John Carnwath.