Academics

  • Harvard Dance Project

    Students in the HDP performance ensemble and research course (TDM 90DR), led by Dance Director/Senior Lecturer, Jill Johnson

  • Media on Stage

    Marcus Stern, Head of Directing, directs with live camera feed in an upcoming workshop performance

  • Sara Brown

    Scenography Studio

    Guest Lecturer Sara Brown reviews student work at Harvard's Arts @ 29 Garden

  • Acting and Authenticity

    Students work directly with with leading scholars in the fields of Theater, Dance & Media

  • Master Classes

    Students learn from Desmond Richardson, Broadway veteran and former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

  • Analysis Through Action

    Visiting Professor David Chambers course TDM 129DA explores the Stanislavsky methods of acting

  • Movement Lab

    Students will learn interdisciplinary tools for devising, modifying, and editing motion for the stage, screen, and beyond

The concentration in Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) aims to integrate historical and theoretical study with art making—a central concern of Harvard’s Report of the Task Force on the Arts. Our courses combine critical reading and writing with art making, bringing the classroom to the studio, the studio to the classroom, and both to the stage. More specifically, our studio courses allow students to acquire hands-on experience with the different aspects of art making—directing, acting, design, dramaturgy, dance—thus deepening their understanding of these complex art forms, while their education in theater history and aesthetics informs their guided experiments in the studio. In this way, the concentration will integrate experiential learning and historical study.

The structure of the concentration is informed by the three features that make the study of theater, dance, and media a unique occasion for a liberal arts education: their composite, multi-media nature; the process of historical adaptation; and collaborative art making. The sophomore tutorial, "Drama, Theater, Theory,” will emphasize the multi-medial nature of theater and offer an introduction to the different languages and art forms of which theater, dance, and media are composed. This composite nature will be developed and deepened in a junior tutorial, as well as in elective seminars, lectures, and studio classes, where students will learn the different constituent parts of theater, dance, and media both practically and theoretically. The historical dimension of these art forms will be anchored in theater history requirements. Practical theater work will teach students how to navigate the collaborative process of theater making. In addition, a significant number of courses will emphasize the intellectual history of reflection on theater and its influence on society and on other disciplines. For details, please see: