Theatre History & Performance Texts

The Theatre History & Performance Texts concentration affords students the opportunity to explore all aspects of dramatic literature, history, and criticism, while taking advantage of the unique opportunities New York City provides for encountering a wide range of traditional and emerging performance styles. The program develops the student’s dramaturgical abilities through writing and direct involvement with the process of creating theatre.

Theatre History & Performance Texts is a composite field leading into any humanistic study, but is particularly beneficial to students interested in careers in literary management, theatre and film criticism, dramaturgy, education, journalism, historical research, and directing.

Note: For acceptance into the Theatre and New Media, Writing for the Stage, and Theatre History and Performance Texts majors, a secondary application of essay questions to be filled out in their Admissions Portal is required.  The Department also requires a portfolio and/or interview, only if student would like to be considered for a competitive scholarship. These concentrations are a strong complement the College’s EWL, History, and Communication Arts majors, should a student wish to consider a double major.

Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013).  Anne Kaufman...Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013). Anne Kaufman Schneider, George S. Kaufman's daughter, joined us for a conversation about her father and his work, with particular focus on Stage Door. Dick Cavett, the well-known columnist and former talk show host, led the discussion. 

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3181-joe-maybloom-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/143,0,981,838/22045_Joe.rev.1560436864.jpg" alt="Joe Maybloom '16" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/143,0,981,838/22045_Joe.rev.1560436864.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/143,0,981,838/22045_Joe.rev.1560436864.jpg 3x" data-max-w="838" data-max-h="838"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The Theatre Department was incredibly helpful in guiding me through my college years and beyond. The unique curriculum allowed me to explore a variety of disciplines within theatre, and ultimately showed me that there were lots of opportunities that I didn’t even know existed.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3181-joe-maybloom-16">Joe Maybloom ’16</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/ba-program/theatre-performance.php">Theatre Performance</a> and <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/ba-program/theatre-studies.php">Theatre History and Performance Texts</a> double-major, <a href="/departments/mathematics/">Mathematics</a> minor</p></div>