Taking a broad-spectrum approach to the histories, theories, and methods of theatre and performance studies from a global perspective, the Ph.D. program trains doctoral students to use performance as an analytical lens to explore the labor of mimesis in the social.
Brown’s environment is alive with the intersections of performance practice and theory: Ph.D. students benefit from formal and informal cross-currents with:
- Brown’s acclaimed MFA Playwriting Program
- Brown/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing (offered in consortium with the Tony Award winning Trinity Repertory Company),
- Brown Arts Institute
- Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Brown’s libraries provide exceptional special collections for performance-related research, including:
- Harris Collection of American Drama and Poetry
- Smith Collection of Conjuring, Magicana, and Popular Entertainment
- Albert-Bernard Shaw Collection
Open Graduate Education Program
Our students take full advantage of Brown’s unique interdisciplinary opportunities—including the Open Graduate Education Program, which enables doctoral students to apply to pursue a Master’s degree in a secondary field of study at Brown—and gain teaching experience through a variety of opportunities in and beyond the department.