Theater & Performance Studies

The University of Chicago offers two graduate programs in Theater and Performance Studies: a joint PhD in TAPS and the TAPS program option in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH).

The PhD program in TAPS is designed as a joint degree that affords students rigorous and comparative work across two disciplines. Students must be admitted both to TAPS and to a partnering department and will pursue their degree jointly with that other discipline.

Our graduates will be well prepared for a range of professional possibilities. TAPS offers students access to a vital network of theater, dance, and performance professionals throughout the area. There are many opportunities to understand the inner workings of a company and forge substantial contacts in the arts community—locally, nationally, and internationally. Chicago’s theater and performance scene is collaborative and inclusive, and UChicago faculty and students have worked with a variety of partners on campus as well as companies throughout the greater Chicago area, including:

For more information on the PhD in TAPS, see the PhD Program page. For more information on the TAPS option in MAPH, visit the TAPS option page of the MAPH website. Admissions information can be found at the Prospective Graduate Students page.