Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance

Program Type: Cluster

The Theatre and Performance Cluster provide systematic training and advising to students utilizing the theoretical premises, methodologies, and intellectual materials of theatre and performance.

The program is aimed at doctoral students in a wide variety of cognate departments – including Comparative Literature, Screen Cultures, Musicology, and African American Studies – as well as students in area studies and ethnic studies.

See Critical Studies in Theater and Performance Cluster Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

There are many different ways for faculty and students to participate in the intellectual life of the cluster. Many cluster events, such as visiting lecturers and conferences, are open to all members of the University. Cluster seminars are open to graduate students across the University. We encourage all students, faculty and staff of Northwestern to learn more about our research and activities by participating in our public events.

Who Should Apply?

Doctoral candidates from any field are eligible to apply to join this intellectual “home” outside their department. Past participants have come from the following programs:

  • African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • English
  • French and Italian
  • German Literature and Critical Thought
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures

How to Apply

Prospective graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should indicate their interest when they apply to their respective graduate programs.

Current graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should contact Professor Marcela Fuentes at

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program.

Marcela Fuentes
Assistant Professor of Performance Studies