PhD Program | Introduction

Mentor Breakfast organized by Katie Turner and Guy Zimmerman. ASTR conference, Portland, 2015.

Great turnout from the UCI/UCSD joint program at the ASTR conference. Portland, 2015

Asian Performance Conference at UCI, 2008

Asian & TransNation Seminar, 2010

PhD Recruitment, 2014

Monthly PhD Program Meeting, 2014

Welcome Week, 2014

Faculty Panel at the PhD Recruitment Event, 2014


PhD in Drama & Theatre Program:

Course of Study
Comprehensive Examinations
Advancement to Candidacy
Language Requirement
Doctoral Faculty
Current Doctoral Students
How to Apply

The Department of Drama at UC Irvine and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UCSD offer a Joint Doctoral Program in Drama and Theatre, the only one of its kind in the UC system and indeed in the entire US.

The Joint Program has the largest dedicated doctoral faculty of any Drama program in the nation and one of the lowest teacher-student ratios. The Program is designed to encourage carefully-selected students to develop a unique body of research working closely with a small group of faculty at both UCI and UCSD. This "boutique" approach calls on each student to explore avenues of research and scholarship that will maximize opportunities for entrance into the highest levels of academia.

The program's goal is to prepare students for a successful career at either a research university or a major liberal arts institution, in a variety of possible disciplines ranging from Drama and Theatre, English, Performance Studies, to Cultural, Gender, and Ethnic Studies. The UCI Drama Department places a high value on collegiality and professionalism, and we nurture these qualities through cooperative work within seminars, independent studies, organized events, teaching opportunities and professional trainings.  The newly launched Dramaturgy emphasis offers UCI Drama PhD students a competitive edge at today's job market.

UCI Drama is proud of its diverse faculty and student body and their multicultural scholarly interests. We care deeply about diversity, as well as multicultural and interdisciplinary training. UCI Drama is a program with a true global vision.