The Ph.D. Program in Theatre

Administered by the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Theatre Program, the Columbia Ph.D. Program in Theatre encourages students to explore the reciprocal relationships between performance and scholarship, criticism and creation, theory and practice in one of the world's great centers of theatrical performance, New York City.


The program is designed at once to provide the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the prevailing traditions of Western and non-Western drama, theatre, and performance scholarship, as well as to identify a specific trajectory of individual research. Overseen by an interdepartmental committee – faculty are drawn from the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Theatre Program of the School of the Arts, the Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Germanic Languages, Philosophy, Classics, and others – the program encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary research across the wide spectrum of theatre and performance studies.


The relatively small size of the program ensures a close working relationship with supervising faculty; doctoral students in Theatre also work with doctoral students in other humanities fields, as well as with Theatre Program MFA students in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Playwriting.


Doctoral students are typically admitted with a six-year package of funding, which combines both fellowship and teaching support. In the past decade, Ph.D. students from the program have been appointed to tenure-track positions in a range of fields at Stanford, Princeton, Boston University, Indiana University, King's College London, The University of Texas at Austin, to name a few.


More information about the program, including admissions requirements, can be found here.