Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

The MA and PhD programs in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies emphasize our collective interest in theatre, dance, performance, and cultural politics. For us, this means teaching classes that explore performance both on stage and in everyday life in order to highlight the cultural, political, material and ideological dimensions of performance practices –  both past and present. Studying performances across a broad range of cultural contexts –in theatres, galleries, rituals, the media, the streets, the political arena, mass spectacles, interpersonal interactions etc.  – helps to capture the potential performance has to frame critically-nuanced responses to public events, and thus to model politically and ethically engaged forms of public life.

Our areas of program specialization that structure our curriculum and degree requirements reflect this focus. They include:

We encourage our students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of theatre, dance, and performance by taking courses, and working closely with, supervisory faculty who come from diverse backgrounds in a range of disciplines including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Anthropology, Business, Cinema and Media Studies, Dance Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Nursing, Sociology and Visual Arts. Students also have ample opportunities to engage in performance practice through coursework, workshops, and department activities. Click here for more details.

We take seriously York’s commitment to forging a just and sustainable world through critical and artistic inquiry and encourage our students to do the same.

Degrees Offered


MA


Program Component(s)

  • Major research paper
  • OR Thesis
  • OR Course work only (includes colloquium and internship)


Minimum Required GPA

B+


Fall Entry

  • Full-time

Deadline - Fall (Domestic Applicants Only)

2025-01-15

Deadline - Fall (International Applicants Only)

2024-12-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo140
PTE Academic76

PhD


Program Component(s)

  • Comprehensive examination (oral and written)
  • AND Dissertation


Minimum Required GPA

B+


Fall Entry

  • Full-time

Deadline - Fall (Domestic Applicants Only)

2025-01-15

Deadline - Fall (International Applicants Only)

2024-12-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo140
PTE Academic76

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of interest
  • A writing sample (max. 6,250 words)

Ways to connect with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Program Supports

Have a program-related question?

Contact the graduate program assistant: yorku.ca/gradstudies/program-contacts/

Have an admission related question? Contact the Graduate Admissions Team

By phone: 416-872-9675

By email: fgsnews@yorku.ca

Upcoming graduate webinars/in-person events for Future Students: futurestudents.yorku.ca/events/graduate

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