Applications for the 2015 Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University Due March 1

27 February, 2015

Dear colleagues,

A reminder that applications for the 2015 Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research are due on March 1, 2015. Please see additional information below.

The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our fifth annual summer session, to be held June 1st - 12th, 2015. The School offers faculty and advanced graduate students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program.

The topic for the 2015 session will be "What Gets Performed? The Life of the Dramatic Repertoire." The 2015 summer session is devoted to a broad range of topics including canon formation, anthologies, and the rise and fall of dramatic literature traditions as well as the role of dramaturgy, new play development, and the changing function of theater as an institution crucial to the life of the dramatic repertoire. Which plays and canons are exemplary and which, eccentric? How do global canons emerge and function? What role does the institution of theater play in the shaping of the dramatic repertoire? And how do newer theatrical institutions such as galleries and museums influence what gets performed? Finally, we hope to explore the future of the dramatic repertoire and its relation to the changing landscape of theater pedagogy outside and inside of the university. The latter topic is an especially urgent one here at Harvard University, where a new program in theater, dance, and media is being developed with an anticipated opening date of fall 2015, but we expect that all of these questions will be relevant across the field.

Participants will work with an international faculty of distinguished scholars in theater studies. This year's faculty includes:

Minou Arjomand (Boston University)
Debra Caplan (Baruch College - CUNY)
Claire Conceison (Duke University)
Sharon Marcus (Columbia University)
Derek Miller (Harvard University)
Carrie Preston (Boston University)
Marc Robinson (Yale University)
Magda Romanska (Emerson College)
Matthew Smith (Stanford University)
Andrew Sofer (Boston College)
Diana Taylor (New York University)

Participants will take one of two daily seminars on overarching theoretical and methodological topics related to the theme of "What Gets Performed?" In addition to the morning seminars, the program includes discussions, research workshops, performances, and evening lectures taught by visiting faculty members. Graduate student participants take part in a writing workshop devoted to their dissertation research; junior faculty participate in a workshop focused on turning their dissertations into books.

Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, tuition will be free for all accepted participants.

Applications are due Sunday, March 1, 2015. A complete application consists of our application form, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (for current doctoral students only), a statement of interest, and a research statement. Admissions decisions will be announced in early April, 2015.

For more information and application instructions. please visit our website at or email

Please forward this announcement widely to interested colleagues.

Martin Puchner, Director
The Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University

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