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Performance Studies and Theatrical Theory


Admission requirements



In this course we discuss a number of influential theories about performance, performativity and theatricality as they have been developed in theater and performance studies. We will discuss canonical thinkers from the field, ranging from Constantin Stanislavski to Peggy Phelan, as well as relevant theories of performativity in gender studies and cultural studies. We will do this each time on the basis of significant case studies.
The course builds on Inleiding Dramatische Media, but has a more theoretical and interdisciplinary character. Upon completion you will have a better grip on the field’s basic concepts and you will be able to relate them in a meaningful way to various artistic works in modern or contemporary performance and theater traditions.

In preparation for the weekly meetings, you will read a number of articles (± 50 pages per session) and watch assigned films (varying from 30-90 minutes).

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course:

  • the student has knowledge of basic concepts from the field of Performance Studies;

  • the student has insight into relevant ways of studying theater and performance;

  • the student is able to paraphrase and apply basic concepts in analysis of various cultural situations relevant to Performance Studies;

  • the student can independently present acquired knowledge and analytical skill in a written paper.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Paper (2500 words)





Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

TBA on Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal.