Performance, Theatre and Practice- Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Performance, Theatre and Practice provides students with a foundation in performance studies and theatre scholarship, while at the same time allowing students to refine skills as directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, designers, or educators. Students learn research skills for both creative practice and scholarly writing. This degree prepares students for further study at the doctoral or MFA level or for working in professional theatre.

For more information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre, 119 Center for Performing Arts, 513-529-3053,

Program Requirements

(31 semester hours)

Core requirements
THE 522Politics and Ethics of Theatre and Performance: Representation, Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality3
or THE 523 Topics in Theatre and Performance Studies
or THE 524 Topics in Applied Theatre, Practice, and Pedagogy
THE 581Integrating Performance, Theory and Practice3
THE 601Research and Methodology3
THE 605Introduction to Theatre and Performance Theory3
THE 703Graduate Colloquium in Theatre Studies (maximum 4)1, 1, 1, 1
At least one graduate-level course outside the department approved by the student's advisor3
Field of special interest
Each student must take an additional 6 hours in his or her field of special interest within theatre studies (directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy, history, or criticism).6
Thesis Options
Option 1: Creative Portfolio with oral defense: Through a single or a series of creative engagements, the student will document her/his creative work, methodology, and results. The portfolio will be introduced with an essay synthesizing the work, and it will result in an oral defense.
Option 2: Thesis (either research or creative): This scholarship will be defended with oral examination.
THE 700Research for Master's Thesis (minimum 6, maximum 12)6
Non-thesis Option
A student who chooses the Non-thesis option will take a minimum of 6 additional credits of THE 500-level classes (or other 500/600 level classes outside the department) and complete a Comprehensive Examination with an oral defense.
Total Credit Hours31