Welcome from the Chair


Martin PuchnerWelcome to Theater, Dance & Media. You may be interested in this concentration because you've been involved with theater and dance in high school or because you're intrigued by the deep history and significance of the performing arts in many cultures around the world. Or perhaps you've always wanted to take a professional acting, directing, or choreography class. No matter what initially draws you to TDM, you're bound to discover a whole world of classes and projects that will help you develop your creative and analytical skills in collaboration with leading artists and scholars.

Even though we're Harvard's newest concentration (number 49), the idea of combining the study of theater with theater making goes back to the early twentieth century at Harvard, when an English professor by the name of George Pierce Baker offered a course in playwriting and added a workshop devoted to performance. Proud of this history, we still offer courses in playwriting and production, but the concentration has added so many other features, including dance, design, and digital humanities as well as classes on new media technologies that are currently transforming the performing arts. We invite you to be part of this transformation.

We welcome you to visit our concentration home in Farkas Hall for a tour of its state-of-the art theater, studio, lecture/seminar hall, and scene-building shop and to attend our open houses and concentration information sessions.  We look forward to meeting you!

--Martin Puchner, Chair of Theater, Dance & Media, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature