Performance as Public Practice

Performance as Public Practice at New Works Festival
Performance as Public Practice

The Performance as Public Practice program focuses on the historical development, cultural and theoretical contexts, and artistic significance of theatre, dance and performance disciplines and institutions.

The University of Texas at Austin's Performance as Public Practice program focuses on the historical development, cultural and theoretical contexts, and artistic significance of theatre, dance and performance disciplines and institutions, as well as the interrelationships of these fields and the role of performance in public spheres. The program is highly influenced by interdisciplinary work in performance studies, defining performance in varied and wide cultural contexts. Students are expected to give primary attention to an area of expertise of their choice, while training in the broader theoretical, critical and historical contexts of the field. Our internationally renowned program admits approximately five to seven applicants each year and offers three degrees: M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D.
 
Students have access to world-class research centers such as the Nettie Benson Latin American Collection, the Harry Ransom Center and the LBJ Presidential Library. The Performance as Public Practice Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance have interdisciplinary associations Center for Mexican American Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and Texas Performing Art. Students have many opportunities to take courses across the university and can also pursue portfolio certification programs in such areas as African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican American and Latino/a Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and Arts & Cultural Management & Entrepreneurship. The program is also an affiliate member of the Hemipheric Institute.

Performance
Theatre, Dance, Culture, Ritual and Identity

Performance reflects and produces cultural, historical and political meanings. Students examine a wide range of performances, text and embodied practices in order to consider the myriad ways in which performance both reflects and makes cultural, historical and political meanings.

Public
Policy, Activism and Leadership

Public refers variously to the social impact and scope of performance works, community engagement projects and activities, as well as public policy studies and development. It also refers to multiple identities and political positions, as well as materialist histories.

Practice
Directing, Criticism, Performing, Dramaturgy, Pedagogy and Historiography

Practice encompasses the doing of performance and acts related to that doing. Students conduct performance-based research, and have the opportunity to work with local professional companies and departmental productions, develop site-specific performances, and collaborate and create performances for the biennial Cohen New Works Festival.


Students with only an undergraduate degree must apply to either the M.A. or the M.F.A. degree program; an M.A. or M.F.A. is required for admission directly to the Ph.D. Students who finish the M.A. or the M.F.A. program may apply to continue on to the Ph.D. program; decided on a case-by-case basis. All students in our program take specific core courses, but emphasis is placed on interdisciplinarity by requiring a variety of elective courses within and outside our department and at least one practice-focused course. Students determine their own research foci and goals in collaboration with their advisor and the faculty.    

Program Guides

Performance as Public Practice (M.A. in Theatre)

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Performance as Public Practice (M.F.A. in Theatre)

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Performance as Public Practice (Ph.D. in Theatre)

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Core Faculty Publications

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Alumni in the Field


 

Meet the Faculty

  • Paul Bonin-Rodriguez

    Associate Department Chair
    Graduate Advisor
    Associate Professor, Performance as Public Practice
  • Charlotte Canning

    Professor, Performance as Public Practice / Head, Oscar G. Brockett for Theatre History and Criticism
    Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies
    Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor in Drama
  • Eric Colleary

    Lecturer, Performance as Public Practice
    Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts
  • Madge Darlington

    Assistant Professor of Instruction, Performance as Public Practice
  • Raquel Monroe

    Professor, Performance as Public Practice
    Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Affairs
  • Rebecca Rossen

    Area Head, Performance as Public Practice
    Associate Professor, Performance as Public Practice
  • Lisa B. Thompson

    Professor, Performance as Public Practice
    Patton Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies
    Fellow of the Ransom Chair
    Advisor to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring and Support, College of Liberal Arts