Theater, Dance & Media

Brief Description of Concentration

Theater, Dance, and MediaTheater, Dance & Media (TDM) combines historical and theoretical study of live and digital arts with the practice of those arts. Taught by FAS Faculty, and by practitioners from the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and the Dance Center, as well as numerous visiting artists/scholars each year, students are introduced to the rigor and discipline required to participate in professional theater, dance and media practices. TDM emphasizes collaboration. The concentration explores the many ways to act, design, direct, compose, produce, choreograph, dance, write, produce and organize models of live art production. Our studio courses model and study the many forms that collaboration can take; similarly, scholarly courses look to the history and theory of culture in order to complement the skills gained in studio practice.

Learning Objectives

The goal of the concentration is to foster the imagination and intellect using a broad range of arts-based research and practice techniques that offer strong training in creating expressive culture. Students are strongly encouraged to work across art forms, including literature, music, and the visual arts, and beyond the humanities, in order to incorporate new ideas and forms of knowledge into their work in the performing arts.

Gateway Courses

Students who wish to explore Theater, Dance & Media may want to try one of several TDM practice-based courses listed in the course catalog, or one of the scholarly courses cross-listed under Theater, Dance & Media. For example: 

  • TDM 150. Directorial Concepts and Set Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • TDM 140R. Fundaments of Improvisation and Composition: Dance
  • TDM 114K Squaring the Circle: Russia, Art, Revolution
  • TDM 164H Playwriting: Ritual Practice and Curious Worlds


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