Show The Graduate Center Menu

"No program in the country is better situated, geographically or academically, to train the future leaders of the American theatre."

- Marvin Carlson
Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies

"Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Graduate Center has at its doorstep unparalleled resources for studying theatre: more performances than anywhere else in the U.S., a vibrant community of artists, and many of the best and most extensive theatre archives in the world."

- David Savran,
Distinguished Professor of Theatre


woman standing in the wings of a performance stage, facing away from the viewer, silhouetted against the stage lights

Excellent, innovative, and forward-thinking research and research training are the hallmarks of The Graduate Center’s top-ranked Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance.

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance
Full Time

Admissions Deadline

January 1 for Fall Enrollment
(No Spring Enrollment)


212-817-8870 |

Students in our program, along with our renowned faculty, investigate the live arts in social, political, aesthetic, and cultural contexts and in diverse places and times. Through their scholarship and artistic discoveries, they make meaningful contributions that benefit humanity.

The program is ranked in the top percentile in its field for research, and it ranks second for placing graduates in tenure-track positions.

Students in the Theatre and Performance program may choose to pursue specializations in historical, modern, and contemporary theater and performance studies. 


Exterior shot of the graduate center building at 365 fifth avenue

The Graduate Center encourages students to explore interdisciplinary study opportunities with distinguished faculty across its many areas of study. The Graduate Center is also a member of the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium, which allows matriculated Graduate Center doctoral students to pursue related study at other members institutions, including Columbia University and NYU.


photo of broadway at night with illuminated billboards, pedestrians and taxis

Students draw inspiration from New York City’s theaters, which encompass Broadway, off-Broadway, and legendary downtown performance spaces. The city is known for producing the most important, groundbreaking performances in the U.S. and, arguably, the world. Students also have access to special research facilities at institutions like Lincoln Center, the Players Club, the International Theatre Institute Archives, numerous art galleries and museums, and The New York Public Library.


three strips of film negatives layered on a white background

The Certificate in Film Studies is offered under the auspices of the Theatre and Performance Program, which facilitates a close relationship between these disciplines. The program is grounded in the conviction that film is related to and illuminates other academic fields and disciplines, and that prospective teachers in many disciplines are better equipped to teach aspects of that discipline if they have some knowledge of film and its modes of theoretical and critical discourse.


Logo of the segal center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center embraces disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects in theater, dance, and film and serves as the research and communications center of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance. The center sponsors symposia and conferences and publishes three journals, with faculty members serving as editors and Ph.D. students working as managing editors and editorial assistants, gaining important experience and connections in theatre studies publications.

Contact Us

Theatre and Performance

Phone 212-817-8870

Visit WebPage

Peter Eckersall

Graduate Center
Room 3112.01

Phone 212-817-8871

Erika Lin

The Graduate Center
Room 3111.06

Phone 212-817-8875