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Undergraduate students in theatre have the opportunity to take theater courses including dramatic literature, directing, theater history, acting, dramaturgy, design, and playwriting. The concentration combines theory and practice, emphasizing both academic research and production in a range of theaters on campus. As the professional theater of Harvard University, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) plays a central role in the TDM concentration. Students take courses with professional artists at the A.R.T., and have opportunities to participate in internships that immerse them in the work of the theater and engage them with leading practitioners from around the world.
Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) combines the study of theater, dance, and media practices with the histories and theories of expressive and embodied culture. TDM’s mission responds to both the Report of the Task Force on the Arts’ demand “to make the arts an integral part of the cognitive life of the university,” as well as to the consistent appeal from students over many decades to have an interdisciplinary performing arts concentration. Drawing on the many resources already dedicated to the performing arts at the university, including the American Repertory Theater, the Harvard Theatre Collection of Houghton Library, the Office for the Arts, the Harvard Dance Center, the Harvard Music Department, and the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, this new concentration offers students the opportunity to investigate the myriad ways that live and digital arts have been used to convey the breadth of stories about the human experience.
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