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In The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University, students use performance to understand and change the world.
Our B.A. and M.A. programs provide flexible and interdisciplinary approaches to the study and practice of performance. The Department’s vibrant faculty works on varied performances in a wide range of cultural contexts. Our faculty brings its tremendous expertise to bear on the study of music and /sound, theater, performance art, politics, dance, gender and sexuality, martial arts, technology, race, and religion.
In 2015, the department launched its new B.A. in Performance Studies. This degree is unique in its integration of music and theatre, and forward-looking in its curricular offerings. In their capstone projects, students can create multimedia installations, design online performances, direct plays, organize concerts and festivals, and present rigorous, original research papers. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment provide boundless possibilities for creativity, scholarship, and exploration.
Our M.A. students conduct historical, literary, and ethnographic inquiries into performance in all its guises from the strictly staged to the expressive acts in everyday life. Most students are fully funded for the two-year program. Financial security in one of the most affordable college towns in the country, combined with several grant opportunities across campus, allow our graduate students the time, space, and peace of mind they need to fully focus on their projects and to develop as artists and scholars.
Every year, the Global Performance and External Colloquium series bring artists and speakers from all over the world to offer workshops and lectures on cutting-edge findings and advanced practices in the field of Performance Studies. This transnational circulation of people and ideas through the Department helps to create a fertile creative and academic environment for TAMU-PERF students and faculty.
PERF students at all levels have access to nationally-recognized centers such as the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, and the HCI@Viz Lab.
The Department also maintains connections with the local community. Collaborators include the Brazos Valley African American Museum the Ice House on Main, the Viz North Gallery, KEOS and KAMU radio stations, and the SEAD Gallery. Our faculty and students work together to contribute to the performing arts culture of the Brazos Valley and beyond.