Basic Concentration

Basic Requirements (12 courses). Concentrators must take a total of 12 (4-credit) courses to meet graduation requirements in Theater, Dance & Media, including the following required tutorials, seminars, and distribution requirements. Students also need to fulfill tech and production training modules and crew membership requirements (see details under Tech Requirements).


TDM 97: Drama, Theater, Theory. (Required of all, and limited to, TDM concentrators): Taught by TDM core faculty, this sophomore tutorial introduces students to the variety of theatrical forms, as well as to the fundamental tools of theatrical analysis.

TDM 98:  Junior Tutorial. (Required of all, and limited to, TDM concentrators): This course, taught primarily by advanced graduate students across FAS departments, A.R.T. Institute graduate students, or by lecturers, is designed to integrate classroom study and studio practice in small groups of concentrators. The goal of the tutorial is to test insights generated from critical reading in the context of studio practice and to use the experience of studio practice to reflect back on critical reading. The result of the junior tutorial can be a final performance combined with a written account of the relation between reading, research, and studio practice that has occurred over the course of the semester, or a written project that includes reflections on studio practice.

Production Seminars


Courses (see course list)

Four courses focused on critical and scholarly approaches to Theater, Dance & Media. Taught by faculty based in various humanities departments and programs, including (but not limited to) African and African-American Studies, English, Folklore and Mythology, Comparative Literature, Music, History of Art and Architecture, Romance Languages and Literatures, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Visual and Environmental Studies (V.E.S.), these lectures and seminars develop students’ knowledge in the different components of theater, dance, and media including dramatic literature, design, dramaturgy, musical theater and opera, architecture, dance, story-telling, and acting. Critical courses should not all be taken in a single discipline (dramatic literature, for example) to ensure that students study the various aspects of art making. Students should consult with the DUS and concentration advisors about the distribution of these critical courses.

Four practice-based or studio courses. Taught by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and dance faculty, lecturers, professors of the practice, or the creative writing faculty in English and other departments, these courses allow students to explore a range of theater, dance, and media practices, including directing, design, acting, dance, choreography, playwriting, dramaturgy, arts entrepreneurship, and work in newer media. These courses often emphasize the relation between research and practice as critical reading is brought to bear on art making. Concentrators should not take all four practice-based courses in a single discipline (acting, for example), but rather should take at least one, preferably two, in another area of theater-making. We expect that students will become familiar with at least one performing arts language (such as Forsythe, Practical Aesthetics, motion design and motion capture, Alexander technique, Laban, viewpoints, or other theater, movement, or other dance systems). Cumulatively, the practice-based courses should provide students with a well-rounded performance experience. Students should discuss their choice of practice-based courses—indeed of all courses—with the DUS and concentration advisors.


Distribution Requirements:

  • Concentrators must take at least one course, seminar or lecture-based, that spans a substantial time period and includes various genres and forms of theater, dance, and media, examining the continual process of historical adaptation and appropriation. Examples are: A History of Western DramaAmerican Drama 1787 to the Present; or World Theater.
  • Concentrators must take at least one course, either studio-based or seminar-based, focused on non-Western theater or non-traditional performance traditions. Such courses include: Hip-Hop and Spoken Word; Spectral Fictions, Savage Phantasms; Embodied Expression/Expressive Body: Dance in Cultural Context; China on Stage (MIT).  (Consult the DUS or Department Administrator for a complete list each year.)

Please also consult the Handbook for Students, under Fields of Concentration, to learn more about TDM requirements.

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