Committee on Theater & Performance Studies
The PhD program in Theater and Performance Studies is designed as an innovative joint degree program that affords students rigorous and comparative work across two disciplines. Students cannot receive a stand-alone PhD in TAPS; rather they enter through one of our partnering departments and pursue their degree jointly with that other discipline. Each of our partnering departments has notable faculty strengths in theater and performance studies, and each is committed to supporting challenging work that cuts across conventional departmental boundaries. To date, our partnering departments are:
Due to this year's unusual circumstances, some of our partner departments are not admitting graduate students for 2021. The following departments will be accepting applications for 2021:
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
English - Note: In keeping with the English department's commitment to funding and fostering scholarship in Black studies--and in conjunction with its Black Lives Matter statement--English is prioritizing consideration of applicants who work in and with Black studies for admission to the PhD program in 2021.
If you are interested in pursuing a degree jointly with TAPS and a department at University of Chicago not yet listed here, please contact Ellen MacKay, Chair of the Committee for Theater and Performance Studies to discuss the possibility.
The TAPS program option in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) is ideally suited to students who seek an intensive immersion in the field of theater and performance studies at the graduate level. It is designed to take advantage of the vitality and rigor of the MAPH program, while capitalizing on the university’s faculty strengths in theater and performance studies and the culture of collaboration between the TAPS program and Chicago's professional theater and performance communities.
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.