UW-Madison Theatre for Youth

A Specialization within the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program in the Department of English at UW-Madison

 Pedro and the War: A Cantata (2012)

Pedro and the War: A Cantata (2012)

 
 

The Degree Program

The Theatre for Youth Program is a comprehensive specialization in the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies program in the Department of English at UW-Madison. This specialization is for graduate students who are interested in interdisciplinary studies in theatre and drama with, by, and for children and youth. TFY students train in the artistic and educational aspects of theatre and drama, theoretical and practical, formal and informal, production and process oriented, with and for youth. A strong emphasis is placed on community outreach and involvement. The Theatre for Youth Program at UW-Madison stresses the potential and value of theatre and drama both as an art form and as a teaching method. Courses offered incorporate theory, history, methodology, and practice. In addition to TFY in the United States, the program maintains a strong international focus through course content, methods, and productions.

Qualified students may pursue a M.A. or Ph.D. degree in the broad area of Theatre For Youth, which includes Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), Drama for Teaching and Learning, and Applied Theatre. The student is expected to develop a thorough background in traditional theatre, i.e., world drama, history, criticism, and production. In addition, the student may develop and pursue special interests, research, and production in theatre and drama as it applies specifically to young people, pre-K to post high school. Considerable coursework is expected in other departments of the University to enhance this area of specialization.

Candidates for the M.A. degree with a specialization in Theatre for Youth will be advised by the Director of the Theatre for Youth Program and must take at least 12 credits in Theatre for Youth. They will gear their thesis to any aspect of the field of theatre for youth in consultation with their advisor. The thesis should be a product of the student’s independent research, carried out in consultation with the Advisor and other faculty members with expertise in the field.

Ph.D. students in Theatre for Youth are advised by the Director of the Theatre for Youth Program, and take the TFY courses offered by the department in the course of their studies. They will gear their dissertation to any aspect of the field of Theatre for Youth in consultation with their advisor. In addition, at least one of their three Prelim A papers should discuss an aspect of theatre and drama for youth.

For more information on the TFY Specialization in the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program, contact Professor Manon van de Water mvandewa@wisc.edu. For more information on the general Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies program, please email mary.trotter@wisc.edu. To apply to the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies program, please visit our official program site: https://english.wisc.edu/intertheatrestudies/