Please note that all substitutions to the required courses must be in the department and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in response to a written request by the student. Students are allowed to take up to 6 units of TAPS 390: Directed Reading to count towards the 135 units for graduation.
- TAPS 371P | THEATER AND PERFORMANCE MAKING
- TAPS 372 | DIRECTING WORKSHOP
- TAPS 370A | THE DIRECTOR'S CRAFT
- TAPS 376 | PROJECTS IN PERFORMANCE
- achievement of a sufficiently high score (70th percentile) on the foreign language examination prepared by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Latin and Greek are not tested by ETS.
- a reading examination given each quarter by the various language departments, except for Latin and Greek.
- pass with a grade of 'B' or higher a 100-level or higher foreign language course at Stanford.
Three quarters of research assistantship with faculty members are required. Generally, this requirement is fulfilled in the third year.
Four quarters of supervised TA-ship at half time are a required part of the Ph.D. program. The requirement is normally met by serving as a TA for three courses during the fourth year and one course during the fifth year.
FIRST-YEAR COMPREHENSIVE EXAM The first year exam is based on a reading list of dramatic works, choreography, and theoretical texts in theater and dance which is sent to students in the summer before the first quarter of study begins. The exam is an open book, take-home exam made up of several essay questions. Students sign up for the 2 unit course TAPS 336: Comprehensive 1st Year Exam to prepare. SECOND-YEAR QUALIFYING EXAM The qualifying examination consists of a 25-30 page essay on a pre-1900 historical topic, relevant to the field of Theater and Performance Studies. The student select sa TAPS faculty adviser to guide them through the writing process. The essay is due to the Student Services Officer in the 8th week of Autumn Quarter. The Graduate Studies Committee selects two additional TAPS faculty readers who evaluate and provide readers’ reports for the student. The student substantially revises and resubmits the essay in the third week of Spring Quarter. Evaluation criteria include clarity of expression, ability to undertake original historical research, and capacity to sustain a persuasive argument. The readers, together with the adviser, evaluate the revised essay and determine if the exam constitutes a pass. The performance project is completed in the Winter Quarter. A faculty adviser works with the student throughout Autumn and Winter quarters on the production and attend a combination of dress rehearsals or final performances as part of the evaluation. After the performance, the student participates in a viva voce, or talk-back, with the supervising faculty. Students register for TAPS 376 Projects in Performance for 4 units while completing their performance project. THIRD-YEAR ORAL EXAM This exam is based on a literature review and annotations for three reading lists created by the student in consultation with the 3 faculty members with whom they will meeting about their readings. The form of the exam is an opening 20 minute overview by the student integrating the readings followed by questions from the committee about the reading lists.
The dissertation is an original work of scholarship created under the supervision of a primary dissertation advisor. The dissertation is the capstone of the Ph.D. in Theater & Performance Studies.