Theatre Studies (MA & PhD)

The Theatre Studies Program at the University of Illinois offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees (BFA, MA, & PhD) in the academic study of theatre as a liberal art. Our focus is on the history of theatre and the development of dramatic criticism through the ages and across borders, with particular emphasis on American theatre. Our doctoral program is one of the oldest and most respected in the country and has produced some of the world's leading scholars, writers, educators and administrators in the field. Established under the guidance of the late Barnard Hewitt, the Program in Theatre History & Criticism strives to produce cutting-edge research and groundbreaking leadership in theatre scholarship.

Highlights of the Doctoral Program in Theatre at Illinois


Interdisciplinary Research Emphasis

*The chance to work with Theatre Faculty Affiliates across campus

*Expertise in Early Modern, Medieval, Ancient Greek, Early American, Eastern European, and German theatre; Multimedia Music Theatre and Opera

*Curriculum oriented toward historiography, production history, gender theory, critical race theory, intersections between theatre and law, adaptation studies, cold war studies, diaspora studies, and devised theatre


Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships Available for up to 4 years

*Opportunity to Build Strong Teaching/Mentoring Portfolio

*Teach Introduction to Theatre, Dramatic Analysis, Modern Drama, Theatre History

*Online and Live teaching options

*Mentor Undergraduates: directing, dramaturgy, artistic management and research projects


Among the Best Research Libraries in the World

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*Outstanding Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection in Theatre


Production Opportunities

*Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

*Armory Free Theatre

*Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre Program

*Lively campus and local theatre community


Engagement with World Renowned Theatre Artists

*Krannert Center for the Performing Arts offers lectures and workshops, and supports new work development involving visiting artists


Strong Academic Placement History


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