EdD in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities is a 42-point program which provides specific pathways for specialized study at the doctoral level in three areas of educational theatre praxis: Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production. It is a practice-based doctorate with an emphasis on arts-based research methods.

Target Audience

The EdD 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.

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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 EdD 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 and Requirements link on the right.

Academic and Co-curricular Opportunities

Working with premier faculty in the field, students in the EdD 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 EdD 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, EdD students have access to school-wide grants and funds for doctoral student travel, conference participation, and research.

Degree Details

How to Apply

Applications for the EdD 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.

Learn more about admissions requirements or apply now.

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