Programs - Educational Theatre

EDTC: EdD in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

The EdD is a professional doctorate with a commitment to Arts-Based Research and practice-led inquiry. Unlike the PhD, the Doctor of Education prepares the next generation of artist educators who are not solely interested in a conventional career in the Academy, but whose desired pathway is more aligned to qualitative investigations and work in the arts professions, schools and cultural institutions.

A total of 42 points beyond the master’s degree (depending on the student’s previous academic background) is required for the Ed.D. This includes general degree requirements in educational theatre to be selected in consultation with a doctoral adviser, according to the student’s area of interest and professional goals. Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 36 points in residence beyond the master’s degree.

Candidacy requirements are posted at the following link:

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Target Audience

The Ed.D. in Educational Theatre is designed for individuals who intend to pursue leadership positions in the practicing professions, preparing candidates for senior positions as principals, superintendents, arts administrators, researchers, curriculum developers, policy analysts, educational consultants, and theatre practitioners.

Selected Student Bios

  • Carmen Meyers
  • Clare Hammoor
  • Jamie Cacciola-Price
  • Michael Yurchak
  • Nicholas Linnehan
  • Tammie L. Swopes

Program Goals

Through a broadly designed and individualized curriculum, students in the Ed.D. in Educational Theatre will develop their artistic praxis and the leadership skills needed to transform today’s learning communities in a variety of educational, cultural, and vocational contexts.

The Ed.D. program emphasizes collaborative and practitioner-based study, providing comprehensive research and artistic training that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to have significant impact in the worlds of educational theatre, arts policy, and practice.

In particular, students will develop authority in one of three areas of specialization:

  • Drama in Education (i.e., studies in drama/theatre curriculum, special education, integrated arts, assessment and evaluation)
  • Applied Theatre (i.e., studies in community-based theatre, theatre of the oppressed, the teaching artist, diversity and inclusion)
  • Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production (i.e., studies in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic literature, arts-based research methodologies)

As a culminating study, students design and conduct a practitioner-based study under the direction of doctoral program faculty, developing a project drawn from one or more of the program’s specializations (as listed above) and are encouraged to complete their program in five years.

Details for the degree curriculum appear under the Curriculum tab in the menu at left.

Academic and Co-curricular Opportunities

Working with premier faculty in the field, students in the Ed.D. conduct cutting-edge and innovative practice-based research that addresses the most pressing questions in the cultural and educational arenas. The program offers personal mentoring and advisement from doctoral faculty in the Program in Educational Theatre, as well as from the larger Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and other Schools at NYU that have resonance with interdisciplinary, practitioner-led, and arts-based research modalities.

Students in the Ed.D. program have the opportunity to participate fully in all Educational Theatre programming, including:

  • Study Abroad Programs in Puerto Rico, London, and Dublin
  • Main Stage Productions in our Blackbox Theatre and the historic Provincetown Playhouse
  • Student Productions
  • Annual Conferences Related to the Program’s Areas of Specialization

Additionally, Ed.D. students have access to school-wide grants and funds for doctoral student travel, conference participation, and research.

How to Apply

Applications for the Ed.D. in Educational Theatre are accepted from candidates with demonstrated interest in practice-based research. A satisfactorily completed master’s degree is expected prior to application along with a portfolio of work demonstrating arts based research credentials, professional arts experience, and leadership in the field.

For more detail on admissions requirements or to apply, click here.

For further information about the program or its curricula, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Jones
82 Washington Square East, Pless Annex 223
New York, NY 10003
212-998-5868