Graduate Study in Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts offers an array of programs that allow graduate students to study theatre in both performance and academic contexts. All faculty members are active in both teaching and artistic and/or research activities. University of Pittsburgh Stages offers a range of opportunities to act, direct, and design in three separate venues. (For more information on performance spaces, visit the Performance Spaces page.)

The department, founded in 1982, offers a BA, MA, MFA, and PhD in theatre arts. The MA and PhD programs involve students in practical as well as critical, theoretical, and historical education, sustaining our mission of providing the widest-possible spectrum of educational and training opportunities to future scholars and artists. Designed to equip working, professional actors with the tools to expand their employment opportunities in teaching at the college and university level, the MFA in Performance Pedagogy at the University of Pittsburgh offers a dynamic synthesis of teaching, practice, and scholarship.

Director of Graduate Studies - Annmarie Duggan


Head of MFA Program - Dennis Schebetta

Acting (Meisner, Shakespeare), Directing, Playwriting, Screenwriting


Graduate Faculty - Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

Theatre and Performance in Latin America, Spain and the Americas, Coloniality, Public Humanities, Devising and Directing

Kathleen George

Dramatic Theory, Playwriting, Directing, Shakespeare

Michelle Granshaw

American Theatre and Popular Entertainment, Diaspora and Global Performance Histories, Theatre Historiography, Dramaturgy



Who are our current graduate students, and what are they working on?  Find out here.

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