“We understand performance as both an object of inquiry and as
a lens through which to view the world.”
The PhD in Performance Studies
started in 1996 with the following faculty: Sue-Ellen Case, Susan
Foster, Janelle Reinelt, Barbara Sellers-Young, and W.
B. Worthen. Since 2003 it has run in its current form as a
genuinely interdisciplinary degree combining academic work that
is theoretically and critically engaged with performance practice
as research. The PFS graduate group is highly supportive of PhD
students, who are encouraged to build personal research areas
with active mentoring and within a strong graduate culture.
Students coming into the program work with outstanding faculty
whose areas of expertise cover a wide range of historical
periods, media and approaches to performance studies.