Please note that the following items must be uploaded through the online application system at the time you submit your application. Mailed materials will not be accepted:
- Statement of purpose
- Summary of production experience
- Artistic statement
- Samples of written work
- Duplicate transcripts from each college attended
- Graduate Record Exam report (taken within last 5 years)
Statement of purpose
Please write a short three to five page statement of your goals for entering a doctoral program. For example, we would like to know about your intellectual background, scholarship that has challenged you, artistic work that has inspired you, and any of your special interests in theater and performance.
Summary of production experience
Please submit this information in list form, noting all significant work on productions including acting, directing, choreography, dancing, design, technical work, crew work, stage managing, devised theater, and the like. Please include a statement indicating your engagement with live theater and performance. We are keen to understand what kinds of theater and performance interest you.
Provide the Committee with a brief (no more than 3 pages double spaced) description of your theoretical approach to production/artistic practice. Please be prepared to provide the committee with examples of your artistic practice should you be selected for the short list.
Samples of written work
Please submit no more than two papers (25 pages total) that best demonstrate your potential for doing original scholarly work. For example, any analysis of a play, critical engagements with performance, or work on aesthetic theory. Titles of papers recently submitted include the following: “The Artificial Tradition: Escaping Representation,” and “Trapped in The Infernal Machine: Cocteau Seeks the Fourth Dimension.” We request that you do not send M.A. theses.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet any applicants who live in, or plan to visit, the area. After the initial screening of files, an invitation to interview may be extended by the end of January, which may also include a visit to campus in February. Individual meetings with faculty and current graduate students over a 1–2 day period provide an opportunity to learn more about the program and its goals. Decisions regarding graduate study at the Ph.D. level should be the product of informed consideration on both sides.
The deadline for applications is December 11, 2012. To ensure careful consideration of your dossier, be sure that all materials have been uploaded successfully with your application by the application deadline. If you have any further questions about the Ph.D. program, please email the student services offer at TAPSstudentservices@stanford.edu.
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