• APPLYING TO THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM
    instructions on how to apply

application process | OUTLINE

1. online university application

Consult the Office of Graduate Admissions online at gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying. For the 2017–2018 academic year, the online applications will open mid-September. Applications are due Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The application must be submitted and all required supporting documents, including official transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and ETS official GRE/TOEFL scores, must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. additional application materials

Stanford TAPS requires that you prepare certain written application materials to accompany your application, including:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Artistic Statement
  3. Summary Of Production Experience & Resume/CV
  4. Samples of written work
  5. Official transcripts from each college attended
  6. GRE report (taken within last 5 years)
  7. Three letters of recommendation

Specifics regarding all appication materials can be found below under "Application Details."

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE report/score must be from an exam taken within the last 5 years.

3. AFTER APPLYING
An invitation to interview may be extended by the end of January. Admission decisions for those applying for Autumn 2017-2018 will be communicated in March, 2017. The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the scores on both the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the statement of purpose and other required written materials, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

APPLICATION DEADLINE | november 29, 2016

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, November 29, 2016. To ensure careful consideration of your dossier, be sure that all materials have been uploaded successfully with your application by the application deadline.

TAPS APPLICATION materials | DETAILS

Please note that the following items must be uploaded through the online application system at the time you submit your application; mailed materials will not be accepted:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Artistic Statement
  3. Summary Of Production Experience & Resume/CV
  4. Samples of written work
  5. Official transcripts from each college attended
  6. GRE report (taken within last 5 years)
  7. Three letters of recommendation

QUESTIONS?

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the TAPS Student Services Officer, Katie Dooling, at kdooling@stanford.edu

APPLICATION MATERIALS | SPECIFICS

The Statement of Purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. The Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages.
Provide the Committee with a brief (no more than 3 pages double spaced) description of your theoretical approach to production/artistic practice. Please be prepared to provide the committee with examples of your artistic practice should you be selected for the short list.
Submit this information in list form, noting all significant work on productions including acting, directing, choreography, dancing, design, technical work, crew work, stage managing, devised theater, and the like. Include a statement indicating your engagement with live theater and performance.
Submit no more than two papers (25 pages total) that best demonstrate your potential for doing original scholarly work. For example, any analysis of a play, critical engagements with performance, or work on aesthetic theory. Titles of papers recently submitted include the following: “The Artificial Tradition: Escaping Representation,” and “Trapped in The Infernal Machine: Cocteau Seeks the Fourth Dimension.” We request that you do not send M.A. theses.
In addition to uploading a scanned copy of the transcript, applicants must arrange to have two official transcripts sent to you from every postsecondary institution they have attended for at least one academic year as a full-time student. NOTE: An official transcript is one that is received directly from the issuing institution that bears the official seal and signature of the institution, representing its validity. Further information can be found HERE.

Please mail official transcripts to
Katie Dooling
375 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305.

Official electronic transcripts may be sent to kdooling@stanford.edu.
All applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE report/score must be from an exam taken within the last 5 years. Official scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service. Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704. Individual department code numbers are not necessary. As long as the institutional code of 4704 is selected, the score will be electronically delivered to Stanford. Further information can be found HERE.
You must provide three letters and evaluations from faculty or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. At least one letter and evaluation should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a fulltime student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. When applying online, you will be asked to submit the names, titles, addresses, institution or business names, and email addresses of your three recommenders, and they will be notified of how to upload their letters electronically.
After the initial screening of files, an invitation to interview may be extended by the end of January, which may also include a visit to campus in February. Individual meetings with faculty and current graduate students over a 1–2 day period provide an opportunity to learn more about the program and its goals. Admission decisions for those applying for Autumn 2017-2018 will be communicated in March, 2017. The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the scores on both the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the statement of purpose and other required written materials, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.