Integrated Writing – Theater

Integrated Writing Requirement for the Theater & Performance Studies Program

The Theater & Performance Studies major integrates creative and critical inquiry. Writing presents a core pathway for that integration, fostering students’ cultural and professional development. Creative thinking and writing involves the imaginative generation of new ideas, artworks, and performances through study of creative practices and methods (including, for instance, via playwriting, performance, design, and direction). Critical writing and thinking requires analytic and reflective engagement with theatrical texts, processes, histories, methodologies, and creative works. Writing specific to the TPST major manifests variously, for instance as playwriting, adaptation, curatorial notes, critical essays, artist manifestos, grants, and performative scholarship; advanced students may apply to pursue an honors thesis project that can manifest as a creative research project, a more traditional scholarly thesis, or a community-based research project.

Our majors and minors learn interdisciplinary thinking via writing, bringing seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge to bear when problem solving which will prepare them not only for careers in the arts, but also for work in education, legal fields, public service, consulting, media, and politics.

Our students engage in many writing modalities across the major, including the academic, creative, informal, and editorial. In both studio and seminar settings, our writing curriculum prepares students to craft creative solutions to problems —whether social, theoretical, artistic or historical—based on careful study, research and analysis. Virtually all courses incorporate formal and informal writing to cross-fertilize critical and creative inquiry, to cultivate each writer’s fluency, and to foster collaborative learning.

Majors will experience three phases of engagement with writing across their degree to ensure an integrated, iterative experience of writing, regardless of their trajectories: