University at Buffalo

College of Arts and Sciences

Theatre & Performance


408 Capen Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD, Theatre & Performance

Format: Campus

Program Description:

UB's graduate programs in Theatre & Performance feature a unique integration of scholarship and practice. We believe that if you know a thing theoretically but don't know it practically, then you don't really know its whole theory; conversely, if you know a thing practically but don't know it theoretically, then you don't really know its whole practice. With this philosophy in mind, our programs are designed to foster scholar-artists who are well-versed in research, scholarship, and performance practice. Theatre & Performance in this context includes not only drama, musical theatre, and dance, but also new forms such as intermedia performance. Working closely with faculty in a small cohort, graduate students develop their individual research by combining history, criticism, and theory with lab-based projects that explore the implications of scholarship in performance. The intentionally small size allows for direct mentorship in research, writing, and production within a program of study designed to best serve each individual student. Unique to this program is the Graduate Studio as the artistic and experimental through-line of the program. In the Studio students continually integrate their critical studies with production in a laboratory setting. With some minimal support, the Studio enables students to test their ideas in focused projects. In this structure, students graduate with a depth of knowledge in history, theory, and criticism, as well as a body of original creative work that they can use as a foundation for their production specialty.


The University at Buffalo (UB) has maintained continuous accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Board of Regents.

International Student Requirements:

All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30 (MA)/ 72 (PhD)

In State Tuition (per year): 5185 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 10095 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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