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Interpretation & Performance Studies

Master of Arts in Theatre w/ Concentration in Interpretation/Performance Studies

In Interpretation and Performance Studies at EMU, we believe that the performing act is the center from which all other expressions evolve. That's why our program is based in the creative and scholarly exploration of "performance" in all its texts and contexts. You'll take advantage of numerous coursework and co-curricular opportunities to develop your understanding of "performance" as a pivotal tool for examining, critiquing, and communicating within the world at large in all its cultural, gendered, political and aesthetic complexity.

Among the co-curricular actives available to you, you'll find many diverse opportunities, including:

  • Monthly Performance Hours
  • National Performance Festivals
  • Six Figures Playback Theatre Company. This is our student performance company exploring social issues through performance. Six Figures website
  • Performance Studies "Read-a-thon" –This is a celebration of performance and fundraiser for student events.
  • Specialized Workshops and interaction with guest artists and scholars. Individuals such as W.D. Snodgrass, Sara Daniels, Elyse Pineau, Barbara Neri, and Maxine Hong Kingston have visited EMU during these events to conduct workshops.
  • American Readers Theatre Association (ARTa) (link to readerstheater.org)
  • Productions on the Mainstage Theatre

Representative Graduate Projects/Thesis

  • "Consuming Presence: Exploring 'Mindfulness' through Participatory Food Ritual"
  • "Drama in Religion & Religious Ritual"—New Course Curriculum
  • "Fat Mirrors" (an autoethnography addressing food, obesity, and the notion of beauty)
  • "Re-'Vamping' Performance: Utilizing Striptease Research and Literature to Explore Tension between Communication, Sexuality, and Performance"
  • "The V Show: 'Virginity, What's It To Ya?'" (an autoethnographic performance)
  • "Running Head"—An Autoethnography: The Forgotten Voices of Performing "Maleness"
  • "The Quest of Sensadiva: Avatars and Identity Negotiation"
  • "Her, Me, Them: Utilizing the Literature of Edna St. Vincent Millay for Self-Reflection in Sexual Interpersonal Relationships"
  • "Slam Poetry: Pedagogy and Practice in Academia"

For more information, please contact Dr. Anita Rich, arich@emich.edu