APPLICATION MATERIAL 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:
- Statement of Purpose
- Artistic Statement
- Summary Of Production Experience & Resume/CV
- Sample of written work
- Transcripts from each college attended
- Three letters of recommendation
For questions regarding the application process, please contact the TAPS Student Services Manager, Katie Dooling, at kdooling [AT] stanford.eduEMAIL NOW
APPLICATION MATERIAL SPECIFICS
Statement of Purpose
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 (double spaced).
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.
Summary of Production Experience & Resume/CV
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.
Sample of Written Work
Submit one or two papers. No more than 25 pages total. 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.
You must list and provide your unofficial transcript for every post-secondary institution where you were enrolled — or are currently enrolled — in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Stanford considers unofficial transcripts to be sufficient for the review process. If you are offered admission to Stanford and accept the offer, you will be required to submit official transcripts/degree conferral documents (except for those attended for less than one academic year or on a part-time basis).
Letters of Recommendation
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.
Applicants may be contacted for follow-up information or an interview. Admission decisions for those applying will be communicated in March. The selection of Ph.D. students admitted to TAPS 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 statement of purpose and other required written materials, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.