Graduate Division

Drama and Theatre Ph.D.

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  • The Joint UCI-UCSD Doctoral Program in Drama and Theatre is the only one of its kind in the UC system and in the entire US.
  • Excellent training and mentoring in teaching and professionalism: Students design their own syllabus and teach small seminar courses as well as serve as teaching assistants for large lecture courses.
  • Dramaturgy Emphasis: Students receive a dramaturgy emphasis by taking classes and serving as dramaturgs for the department’s mainstage productions.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Top scholarly faculty in diverse fields: Full-time PhD faculty members at UCI include
    • Stephen Barker (Performance theory, postmodern theatre, critical theory)
    • Ketu Katrak (Sanskrit, African and black diaspora theatre, feminist critical theory)
    • Anthony Kubiak (American and modern drama, shamanism and performance, critical theory)
    • Daphne Lei (Chinese opera, intercultural/transnational/diasporic studies, Asian American theatre)
    • Bryan Reynolds (Shakespeare, transversal poetics, critical theory)
    • Ian Munro (European drama and performance, early modern popular culture)
    • Tara Rodman (Modernist theatre and dance, global Asias, Japanese performance, racial formation)  
  • Joint Program with UCSD: Full-time faculty members at UCSD include Julie Burelle, Jim Carmody, Jade Power-Sotomayor, Emily Roxworthy, and Janet Smarr
  • Boutique Program with student/faculty ratio about 3:1
  • Five-year funding package as well as outstanding record of receiving grants and fellowships through faculty’s advocacy
  • Superb record of time-to-degree
  • Excellent training in teaching: Students design their own small seminar courses as well as serve as teaching assistants for large lecture courses; students are also invited to give lectures on special topics in faculty’s classes
  • Great training in professionalism: students are well trained in conference presentation and publication and well connected with professional organizations through faculty and alums.
  • Excellent mentoring program with faculty and peer mentor system
  • Unique Dramaturgy emphasis: students receive emphasis by taking classes and serving as dramaturgs for mainstage productions in the Drama Department
  • Exceptional environment and training in multiculturalism, diversity, and global citizenship
  • Wonderful, intelligent, fun-loving and close-knit diverse student community

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type


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Admissions Requirements

Students with a B.A. (minimum GPA of 3.5), M.A., or M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre are eligible for admission to the doctoral program. Students with training in literature (or another area in the humanities) will also be considered, provided they can demonstrate a background in drama or theatre. Experience in one of the creative activities of theatre (acting, directing, playwriting, design, dramaturgy) enhances a student’s chances of admission.

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination and to submit samples of their critical writing.

While not required for admission, a working knowledge of a second language is highly desirable (see Language Requirement).

All graduate applications are submitted electronically and must be supported by appropriate academic transcripts from each college/university attended, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and two writing samples. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted online with the graduate application. Official transcripts must be provided only after a candidate has been accepted by the program and formally admitted to the university. All letters of recommendation must be submitted online, along with the two writing samples.

Should your address change after you submit your application, it is important that you notify our office with your new address and phone number.

The deadline for the submission of your application fee and completion of your application, including submission of all unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and test scores is January 1st.

Please remember that incomplete application files will not be considered.

Submission of GRE & TOEFL Scores

For those international applicants that are required to take the TOEFL test to measure English language proficiency, a minimum score of 80 is considered passing. To be eligible to receive a teaching assistantship, a minimum score on the speaking portion of 26 is required. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.

The UCIrvine institution code to be used for submission of GRE & TOEFL scores is 4859; a departmental code is not necessary for the submission of these test scores.

Financial Support

Most Ph.D. students at UCI are supported by a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and faculty training grants. Because student funding is coordinated at the departmental level, be sure to ask your department about your options.

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource Center.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.

Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Stephen Barker, Ph.D., University of Arizona;
Professor, and Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts; Executive Director, UCI Museum and Institute for California Art: Performance Theory, Poststructural Theory, Beckett, Para- and Postmodern Theatre, Critical Literacy.

Ketu H. Katrak, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College;
Professor: Ancient Sanskrit Theatre, African and Black Diaspora Drama, Feminist Critical Theory, Performance Theory.

Anthony Kubiak, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee;
Professor: American and Modern Drama, Critical Theory, Philosophy, Shamanism and Performance, Buddhism and Theatre.

Daphne Lei, Ph.D., Tufts University;
Professor, and Head of Doctoral Studies: Chinese opera and performance, Asian American Theatre, Intercultural performance, transnational, diasporic, gender and ethnic studies, Pacific Rim.

David McDonald, Ph.D., Stanford University;
Professor Emeritus: Dramatic Theory, Irish Drama, Theatre History, Playwriting.

Ian Munro, Ph.D., Harvard University;
Associate Professor: European Drama and Performance, Early Modern Popular Culture, Theatrical Performance of Wit.

Bryan Reynolds, Ph.D., Harvard University;
Professor: Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, Critical Theory, Transversal Poetics, Feminist Theory, Performance Theory, Cultural Studies.

Tara Rodman, Ph.D. Northwestern University;
Assistant Professor: Modern Theatre, Performance, and Dance; Japanese performance; Transnationalism; Racial and Ethnic Formation; Global Asias; Comparative Modernisms.

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Students & Alumni

Alumni Profile: Donovan Sherman

Student Profile: Ricardo Rocha

Drama PhD students are perpetually engaged in a multitude of areas of creative work. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the faculty in your specific program of interest in order to learn more about what they’re doing.