For us, this means teaching classes that explore performance both onstage and in everyday life in order to highlight the cultural, political, material, and ideological dimensions of performance practices, past and present. Studying performances across a broad range of cultural contexts–in theatres, galleries, rituals, the media, the streets, the political arena, mass spectacles, interpersonal interactions, etc.–helps to capture performance’s potential to frame critically nuanced responses to public events, and thus to model politically and ethically engaged forms of public life.
We take seriously York’s commitment to forging a just and sustainable world through critical and artistic inquiry and encourage our students to do the same. Read more about our program vision here.
If you have questions about the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies or the application process, please contact us.