Drama

PhD in Performance Studies


One of two PhD programs in English Canada to specialize in Performance Studies, an expanding field that analyzes different forms of performance on a continuum of cultural expression


Highlights:

  • Advanced-level scholarship, study and research in Drama and Performance
  • Activist research methodology
  • Small-enrollment with expert supervisory capacity 
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Rich culture of creation and performance with opportunities to integrate theory and practice with access to the excellent facilities at the University of Alberta as well as the opportunity to engage with the vibrant theatre community in Edmonton 
  • Excellent Library Resources
  • Coursework
  • Candidacy Examination
  • Dissertation
  • Performance Practice

Ideal Applicants:

Due to the highly interdisciplinary approach of the program, candidates holding a Master’s degree (or its equivalent) in Theatre, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, English, Literary Theory, History and Education, with excellent academic standing (minimum GPA 3.5) are all encouraged to apply. 

Successful candidates must normally demonstrate to the Department familiarity with the artistic and practical components of theatre art, as well as sufficient preparation in theatre history and criticism; for those with other performance studies-oriented Masters degrees, additional foundation courses in Drama may be required. 

Students normally spend their first two years in residence – registered full-time, and physically on campus. Students are encouraged to complete the program in four years and the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has a six year time limit for completion of a PhD.