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Academic Resources

All entering students are assigned a faculty adviser to help them with course selection and other program requirements and to act as mentor during the course of their academic career at the Graduate Center. Advisers provide academic, professional and career guidance and are focused on preparing students for impactful and fulfilling careers in the field of Theatre and Performance Studies.

See the Program Handbook for more on faculty mentoring »

Refer to this guide when visiting the various archival resources in New York City and beyond to ensure your research activities are successful.

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Students have access to The Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center as well as library facilities at each senior college, which maintain a wide selection of hard copy and electronic versions of books and journals accessible to CUNY faculty and students.

GC Librarians also curate comprehensive research libguides for a variety of topics associated with doctoral and master's programs

View the Theatre and Performance Research Guide »

Professional Development

Externships for credit with professional theatre institutions are encouraged, and students desiring such advanced training have been placed under appropriate direction to function as literary advisers or dramaturgs, administrators, archivists, and curators and to study and explore various other production procedures.

The Professionalization Committee provides a series of in-house events with the aim of preparing students to become professionals in the field of theatre and performance studies. Areas covered include events related to demystifying the profession, which cover conferences, publishing, and the academic job search. Within the academic job search, workshops are held focused on developing a CV and teaching philosophy. We also have a series focused on applied pedagogy, in which we share best practices in the classroom including innovations in digital pedagogy, relevancy of curricular development, and classroom management. Each semester we will list planned events here—all students are encouraged to attend.

See upcoming professionalization series events >>

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Doctoral Theatre Students' Association

The Doctoral Theatre Students' Association (DTSA) is comprised of all the students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center. The DTSA fosters a sense of community and organizes events that are of benefit to the entire student population. Eleven DTSA officers are elected each spring and operate under the Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council (DGSC) as per the DTSA Constitution. DTSA board members serve as student representatives for the Executive, Admissions & Awards, and Curriculum & Membership Committees, as well as to The Graduate Council and DGSC. 

Visit the DTSA Website
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Marvin's Tip Sheet

"Marvin’s Tip Sheet" is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Read the latest edition

General Student Resources

Information and Downloads

These resources may be useful in planning and conducting your studies at the Graduate Center.

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External Resources