Theatre & Performance Studies

The Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies offers two degrees, an MA and PhD, both of which emphasize our collective interest in theatre, performance, and cultural politics.

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 theatre's, 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 and our trailblazing students.

Our full time Master's and PhD students are normally fully funded.  For more information, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies' funding website.

The application deadline for admission into the MA and PhD programs in Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020.  See "How to Apply" for more information about our application process. 


If you have questions about the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies or the application process, please contact us.

A grad student stands in front of other grad students in this black and white photo

A cabarat-style grad student research-practice event: Performance.Discuss. (2017).