Welcome from the Director

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the seventh annual Martin Puchnersession of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. For two weeks in early June, you will study with some of the best theater scholars in the world, exploring drama, theater, and performance from various historical and theoretical perspectives. Our international faculty will offer in-depth seminars, discussion sessions, evening lectures, and workshops. We will also introduce you to the Harvard Theater Collection, the oldest theater collection in the country, and the librarians here are eager to help you research your dissertation or book project while you are at Harvard.

With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the English Department's Spencer Fund, and Theater, Dance & Media, this two- week summer school and all of its offerings are entirely free to participants. We will strive to provide you with economical on-campus housing should you desire it. You will also get to explore Boston’s lively theater scene, from the American Repertory Theater to the revived downtown theater district. So please follow our simple application procedure: with your help, we will turn this year's Summer School into a memorable intellectual experience.

Martin Puchner 
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Harvard University