TheatreDoctor of Philosophy

About us

The Department of Theatre is a vibrant, active department committed to teaching and training the artist-scholars of the future. In addition to our highly regarded seasons, we regularly invite theatre artists and scholars to join us in making and thinking about performance. We recognize that the creation of new work is the life blood of the theatre and to this end we provide opportunities for students to develop and create new performance work while maintaining connections to our history through productions of classic, modern and contemporary texts.

The Wexner Center for the Arts complements our own work with innovative offerings of cutting edge performing artists from around the globe.

The department offers diverse ways for students to connect with the theatre profession through internships and international opportunities.

The PhD program is oriented to scholarly research in theatre history, criticism, theory, and dramatic literature. The degree culminates in the writing of a dissertation, and a minimum of 45 graduate credits hours beyond the MA or MFA degree.

Students develop a supporting program in one area of production:

  • acting
  • directing
  • design
  • dramaturgy