Current Session

Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research


In an intense two-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world will convene at Harvard University to explore drama, theater, and performance from various historical and theoretical perspectives. Participants will work with an international faculty of distinguished scholars in one of two daily seminars on overarching theoretical and methodological topics related to the theme. In addition to the daily seminars, the program will include discussions, research workshops, performances, and evening lectures taught by visiting faculty members. Graduate student participants will take part in a writing workshop devoted to their dissertation research, while junior faculty will participate in a workshop focused on turning their dissertations into books. 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 summer school and all of its offerings are entirely free to participants. Economical on-campus housing is available for participants. You will also get to explore Boston’s lively theater scene, from the American Repertory Theater to the revived downtown Theater District.


Applications for the 2019 session of the Mellon School will open in late Fall and due March 1, 2019. Please see our Applications page for more information for details about the application process.