The Dramaturgy emphasis provides training in the important sub-specialty of dramaturgy that is an excellent added benefit on the job market for students with a PhD in Drama. We have recognized that there is a growing need and interest in dramaturgy both in academia and in professional theatres. Students benefit from the academic/scholarly study of the subject of dramaturgy as well as gain practical hands-on experience in working as dramaturgs in the Drama Department. Both PhD and MFA students are qualified to apply for the emphasis.
Students fulfill the requirement by taking Dramaturgy Theory and Method seminar, Dramatic Practicum class and other qualified seminars. The Dramaturgy Theory and Method course introduces students the histories, theories and basic parameters of dramaturgy with critical readings and theoretical materials on the subject. In the Dramatic Practicum class, students work as dramaturg for a department production under the supervision of a PhD faculty mentor and the show's director. Student dramaturgs write the Program Notes for the production program.