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    Why Study Theatre History and Performance Texts?

    Our past not only informs, it inspires. From ancient Greek tragedy to 17th-century Shakespearean comedy; from post-war musical theatre to current conversations of a darkened Broadway, theatre has inspired its artists, communities, and societies throughout time. To explore performance, theatre history, and dramatic literature is to connect our past to our future. Let’s get started.

    Why Study Theatre History and Performance Texts at MMC?

    Our program allows you to design you own path based on your specific interests in fields like dramaturgy, theatre history, artistic development, or criticism. You’ll work closely with faculty advisors to create a unique blend of courses—both in Theatre and in related areas—that will provide exciting collaborations with your peers and prepare you for professional opportunities after graduation.

    This concentration is a great complement to other Theatre Arts majors and allows students pursuing Acting, Design, Directing, or Writing for the Stage to expand and explore their academic interests.

    What You Will Learn

    • You will develop a sophisticated, contextualized understanding of theatre and performance as it relates to culture, society, and the arts, including how it has been used to reinforce and/or challenge oppressive structures and narratives.
    • You will learn to analyze, discuss, and respond critically to various forms of theatre and performance across historical, geographical, political, and cultural traditions.
    • You will demonstrate advanced level critical writing, research, and analytical skills by engaging a variety of primary and secondary sources, including images, videos, and live performances.
    • You will learn to work & create collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines of Theatre Arts in order to support a common artistic goal.

    Required Courses


    Script Analysis

    Theatre Histories I & II

    Elements of Directing

    Shakespeare, the Stage, & Humanity

    Advanced Studies in Drama and Theatre (two courses)

    Theatre Elective (from list of courses)

    Performance Research

    Dramatury Practicum, or Independent Study, or Internship

    Three 300-400 Level Dramatic Lit Courses (from a list of courses)

    Program Highlights

    This concentration has few specific requirements. Instead, faculty advisors help students design their own path of study that allows them to develop a unique body of knowledge and repertoire of skills. Each year, students will choose courses that support their unique interests, and pursue internships and independent studies to develop specialized skills.
    The skills you’ll gain in this concentration apply to a range of professions. Our strong emphasis on critical thinking, writing, research, and communication serves students after graduation regardless of what you pursue—immediately or in the decades to come.
    All Theatre Arts courses have small class sizes in order to foster personal relationships and connections between the faculty and students. As a result, students are supported throughout their four years of study.

    Careers and Outcomes

    The Theatre History and Performance Texts concentration is particularly beneficial to students interested in careers in literary management, theatre and film criticism, dramaturgy, higher education, journalism, historical research, and directing.


    • York Theatre Company
    • Signature Theatre
    • New York Theatre Workshop
    • Elevator Repair Service
    • Primary Stages

    graduate programs

    • Dramaturgy, Theatre Pedagogy, and Dramatic Literature
    • Professional Directing and Dramaturgy
    • New York Historical Society
    • Broadway for All
    • Dixon Place
    • Drama League Resident Artist
    • Founder of Shuga Pie Supreme
    • Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Top College Program

    Each year, the team at OnStage Blog announces the best performing arts schools for the coming year based on research by theatre educators, students, alumni, and parents—the people who really know what’s important in theatre education. MMC made the cut and was praised for our impressive master classes and lectures.

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