Theater, Dance, & Media

Debra Levine, Director of Undergraduate Studies 
Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) combines historical and theoretical study of live and digital arts with the practice of those arts. Taught by FAS Faculty, and by practitioners from the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and the Dance Center, as well as numerous visiting artists/scholars each year, students are introduced to the rigor and discipline required to participate in professional theater, dance and media practices. The goal of the concentration is to foster the imagination and intellect using a broad range of arts-based research and practice techniques that offer strong training in creating expressive culture. Students are strongly encouraged to work across art forms, including literature, music, and the visual arts, and beyond the humanities, in order to incorporate new ideas and forms of knowledge into their work in the performing arts. 
TDM emphasizes collaboration. The concentration explores the many ways to act, design, direct, compose, produce, choreograph, dance, write, produce and organize models of live art production. Our studio courses model and study the many forms that collaboration can take; similarly, scholarly courses look to the history and theory of culture in order to complement the skills gained in studio practice. 
In addition to the required coursework, students pursuing the Theater, Dance & Media concentration are required to meaningfully participate in at least two TDM concentration production studio courses led by professional directors, choreographers, and designers. Concentrators will also obtain valuable technical skills through both working on the crew for at least one concentration show, as well as supporting the work of their peers. 
Elective Program: 12 courses (48 credits) 
  1. Required Courses: 
    1. Four courses focused on critical and scholarly approaches to theater offered through the Standing Committee on Degrees in Theater, Dance, and Media or by faculty in allied fields, including, but not limited to, the departments of Comparative Literature, English, Music, History of Art and Architecture, Art, Film, and Visual Studies, and Folklore and Mythology. These courses should not all be taken in a single discipline, for example dramatic literature, but rather should give the student a range of experience in the various aspects of theater making. At least one of these courses must focus on pre-20th century performance and include various genres and forms of theater, dance, and media. The student will consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for course approval and to compile a sound plan of study to meet this requirement. [Note: one of the eight courses in either scholarly or practiced-based approaches must be in non-U.S. theater/dance or non-traditional performance.] 
    2. Four courses that are practice-based or studio. Courses can include directing, design, acting, dance, choreography, playwriting, dramaturgy, and work in newer media. The student should take courses in more than one discipline. The choice of courses will require the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). [Note: one of the eight courses in either scholarly or practiced-based approaches must be in non-U.S. theater/dance or non-traditional performance.] 
    3. Two TDM production studios (TDM 90AR/BR/CR/DR). These studio courses frame and focus on TDM professionally directed, choreographed, and designed productions each term. Students are expected to assume major artistic roles, such as actors, dancers, apprentice directors, choreographers, designers, dramaturgs or producers. 
  2. Tutorials
    1. Sophomore year: Theater, Dance, and Media 97: Theater, Dance & Media: See it. Do it.  Make Theory. (one term) required. Letter-graded. 
    2. Junior year: Theater, Dance, and Media 98 (one term) required. Letter-graded. 
      1. Note: The goal of the junior tutorial is to test insights generated from critical reading in the context of studio practice. The result of the junior tutorial can be a final performance combined with a written account of the relation between reading, research, and studio practice that has occurred over the course of the semester, or a written project that includes reflections on studio work. 
  3. Thesis: None 
  4. General Examination: None 
  5. Other Information: The following additional requirements will be graded SAT/UNS and must be approved by the DUS. 
    1. The Samuel Becket Crew Assignment: Students must complete one production crew assignment by working on one TDM production. 
    2. A workshop in theater safety, completed by the end of senior first semester. 
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 courses (56 credits) 
  1. Required courses: Same as Basic Requirements 
  2. Tutorials: Same as Basic Requirements, plus two terms of Theater, Dance, and Media 99: Senior Tutorial (year-long 8-credit course) required. Graded SAT/UNS 
  3. Thesis: Honors candidates may complete a performance-based or critical thesis. Theses are proposed in the second semester of junior year and must be approved by the Executive Committee on Theater, Dance & Media and the DUS. 
  4. General Examination: None 
  5. Other Information: Same as Basic Requirements. In addition, if students plan on doing a production as part of their thesis requirements, they must complete a crew assignment on another student’s thesis production, ideally before their senior year 
Requirements for Joint-Concentration: Consult Director of Undergraduate Studies and see TDM website for further information.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) advises all students when they enter the concentration, eventually assigning to them additional faculty and professional advisers, based on the students’ particular interests and their work in or on specific productions. Together with the DUS, these advisers will support students in developing a coherent course of study and a solid body of artistic work that is suited to each student’s goals and interests. 
For more information about the concentration, please visit the department website
Number of Concentrators as of December
Theater, Dance, and Media
Theater, Dance, and Media + another field
Another field + Theater, Dance, and Media

Theater, Dance, and Media was a new concentration in 2015-16