Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies: Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The graduate program of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary program that intersects research in the fields of drama, theatre and performance studies including research in dramatic literature, cross-cultural theory and histories of theatre and performance, conceptual and applied models of dramaturgy and methodologies of practice-based research. Graduating students will be well equipped to pursue academic careers, serve as innovative leaders in cultural institutions and the performing arts, or become creative entrepreneurs.

Based on faculty research, we offer support for studies in Canadian theatre; Indigenous and East Asian theatre; dance and physical theatre; popular theatre; cross-cultural communication through performance and media; studies of experimental and avant-garde theatre in North America, Asia, and Europe; early modern theatre and archival studies; queer and feminist performance theory, ethics, and equity in theatre and performance; theatre and globalization; and digital humanities in performance. In addition to courses in the program, students are encouraged to take advantage of cross-listed courses and research opportunities across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Bi-linguality or multi-linguality is an asset as well as creative artistic experience and a developed level of digital literacy.

Applicants may be accepted into the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an MA degree or 2) direct entry with a BA degree. The doctoral program is not available as a part-time option. The direct-entry option is a rare exception to the rule; interested applicants interested should contact the Associate Director (graduate) to obtain specific information prior to application.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies are considered under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admissions are selective; possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants must also satisfy the centre's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applications received after January 15 may be too late for consideration. Contact the Associate Director for further information.

  • Applicants with a master of arts degree: an MA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies or the equivalent from a recognized university, must have a standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto A-. Applicants who have taken the MA through this centre must be recommended for further study by the instructors whose courses they have taken. Applicants holding the MA of this University in another subject or its equivalent from another university will be considered for admission to the PhD program in light of their previous work and its relation to the centre's requirements; additional coursework may be required.

  • Applicants must arrange to send two supporting letters of recommendation to the Associate Director of the centre that address specifically their academic skills and research potential. Admission will be conditional upon satisfactory recommendation.

  • Applications must be accompanied by a statement of research intent (up to five pages and bibliography) and curriculum vitae (CV).

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 approved full-course equivalents (FCEs) with an average standing of at least A-, including:

    • DRA 1011H Traditions of Performance Theory (0.5 FCE)

    • DRA 1012H Twentieth-Century Theatre and Performance (0.5 FCE).

    • Satisfy the centre's academic skill requirements by completing:

      • DRA 5001H The Disciplines of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies: Research Methods (0.5 FCE) 

      • DRA 5002H Dissertation Proposal (0.5 FCE).

  • Demonstrate reading knowledge of a language other than English by passing an approved language examination no later than the end of Year 2. Students may also be asked to qualify in other program-related languages.

  • Pass comprehensive examinations by the beginning of Year 2.

  • Pass the field exam (prospectus) at the end of Year 2 or the beginning of Year 3.

  • Present a thesis on an approved topic embodying the results of original investigation which shall be judged to constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field.

  • Pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis.

Program Length

4 years (some students may take longer to complete the program)

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies are considered under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admissions are selective; possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants must also satisfy the centre's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applications received after January 15 may be too late for consideration. Contact the Associate Director for further information.

  • Applicants with a bachelor of arts degree: exceptional students may be admitted to the PhD program (direct entry) from an appropriate BA from a recognized university with a minimum overall average equivalent to a University of Toronto A-. Applicants who do not qualify for direct entry into the PhD will be considered for the MA program.

  • Applicants must arrange to send two supporting letters of recommendation to the Associate Director of the centre. Admission will be conditional upon satisfactory recommendation.

  • Applications must be accompanied by a statement of research intent and curriculum vitae (CV).

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with an average standing of at least A-, including:

    • DRA 1011H Traditions of Performance Theory (0.5 FCE)

    • DRA 1012H Twentieth-Century Theatre and Performance (0.5 FCE)

    • DRA 5000Y MA Project in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (1.0 FCE)

    • Satisfy the centre's dramaturgical and performance practice requirement by completing:

      • DRA 5001H The Disciplines of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies: Research Methods (0.5 FCE) and

      • DRA 5002H Dissertation Proposal (0.5 FCE).

      • the centre's dramaturgical and performance practice requirements as determined on admission.

  • Must maintain an A- average in their first 3.0 FCEs in order to continue in the program.

  • With approval, may elect to transfer to the MA after the first year of study. Work completed in the PhD program will be credited towards the MA.

  • Demonstrate reading knowledge of a language other than English by passing an approved language examination no later than the end of Year 2. Students may also be asked to qualify in other program-related languages.

  • Pass comprehensive examinations by the beginning of Year 3.

  • Pass the field exam (prospectus) at the beginning of Year 4.

  • Present a thesis on an approved topic embodying the results of original investigation which shall be judged to constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field.

  • Pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years