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"Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Graduate Center has at its doorstep unparalleled resources for studying theatre: more performances than anywhere else in the U.S., a vibrant community of artists, and many of the best and most extensive theatre archives in the world."

     - David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre

"No program in the country is better situated, geographically or academically, to train the future leaders of the American theatre."

     - Marvin Carlson, Distinguished Professor of Theatre,
            Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies



The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance offers students a solid grounding in the theory, history, and criticism of theatre studies, while encouraging interdisciplinary thinking. The program takes advantage of the rich resources of New York City, with its professional theatre specialists, institutions, and myriad productions, as well as its library and museum facilities and its archives and private collections. Although the program emphasizes academic studies, attempts are made to form alliances of understanding between scholars and practitioners whenever possible. The Film Studies Certificate Program is closely allied with the program; students may do a portion of their course work in film studies, if they desire.

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Executive Officer (E.O.)

Peter Eckersall

Graduate Center
Room 3112.01

Phone 212-817-8871

Deputy Executive Officer (D.E.O.)

Erika Lin

The Graduate Center
Room 3111.06

Phone 212-817-8875