Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities (EdD)

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Program Description

The EdD in Educational Theatre is a professional doctorate with a commitment to arts-based research and practice-led inquiry. Unlike the PhD, the EdD program prepares the next generation of artist educators whose professional goals are aligned with qualitative investigations and work in the arts professions, schools and cultural institutions. Through a broadly designed and individualized curriculum, students in the EdD in Educational Theatre develop their artistic praxis and the leadership skills needed to transform today’s learning communities in a variety of educational, cultural, and vocational contexts.

EdD students develop a culminating study drawn from one or more of the programs’ specializations:

  • Drama in Education — studies in drama/theatre curriculum, special education, integrated arts, assessment and evaluation
  • Applied Theatre — studies in community-based theatre, theatre of the oppressed, the teaching artist, diversity and inclusion
  • Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production — studies in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic literature, arts-based research methodologies

The culminating study, which might include dramatic work or other arts-based project, action research project, internship, and/or other applied theatre residency in lieu of a research-based dissertation, requires a formal proposal, faculty mentorship, and subsequent presentation and defense before a faculty committee. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates serve in senior positions as arts administrators, researchers, curriculum developers, policy analysts, educational consultants, theatre practitioners, principals, and superintendents. 


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.