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Emeriti: (Professors) Helen W. Schrader, Carl Weber; (Associate Professor) William S. Eddelman; (Senior Lecturers) Susan Cashion, Patricia Ryan

Chair: Alice Rayner


Professors: Jean-Marie Apostolides (French and Italian; Drama), Harry J. Elam, Jr. (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education), Peggy Phelan (Drama; English; on leave), Alice Rayner (Drama; Graduate Studies Committee Chair), Rush Rehm (Drama; Classics), Jennifer Brody (Drama;Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity)

Assistant Professors: Branislav Jakovljevic (Undergraduate Faculty Adviser), Jisha Menon

Professors (Teaching): Michael F. Ramsaur, Janice Ross (on leave)

Associate Professors (Teaching): Helen Paris, Leslie Hill

Senior Lecturer: Connie Strayer

Lecturers: Erik Flatmo Gambatese, Daniel Klein, Kathryn Kostopoulos

Visiting Artist: Ann Carlson

Guest Lecturers: Linda Apperson, Jeffrey Bihr, Mark Gonzales, Chad Bonaker

Artists in Residence: Amy Freed, Cherrie Moraga

Department Administrator: Patrice O'Dwyer

Institute for Diversity in the Arts and Black Performing Arts Division

IDA Faculty Director: H. Samy Alim (Education and, by courtesy, Anthropology and Linguistics)

Executive Director: Georgina Hernandez

Associate Director (IDA): Ericka Bratton

Director (CBPA): Robert Moses

Dance Division

Director: Janice Ross (on leave 2011-2012)

Acting Director: Diane Frank

Lecturers: Kristine Elliott, Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Muriel Maffre, Richard Powers, Ronnie Reddick, Mark Franko

Artist in Residence: Robert Moses

Mail Code: Drama, 94305-5010; Dance, 94305-8125

Drama Department Office: 551 Serra Mall, Memorial Auditorium, Room 144

Dance Division Office: 375 Santa Teresa Street, Roble Gym, Room 2

Phone: Drama (650) 723-2576; Dance (650) 723-1234

Department Administrator Email:

Student Services Email:

Web Site, Drama:

Web Site, Dance:

Courses offered by the Department of Drama are listed on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site under the subject codes DRAMA and DANCE.


The Drama Department integrates theory, criticism, and performance. Convinced that scholarship is strengthened by direct engagement in performance, and that performance is enhanced by practitioners whose analytic skills have been honed in scholarship, the department produces more than a dozen productions each academic school year, including canonical plays, commissioned dance works, experimental projects, and the works of visiting artists.


The mission of the undergraduate program in Drama is to provide a strong non-conservatory program for students studying Drama and Dance in a liberal arts context. Joining academic research with performance and technical practice, department majors pursue areas of interest in acting, directing, playwriting, dance, design, stage management, performance theory, and cultural studies. Students explore these fields in a collaborative environment with close faculty contact. One of the requirements of the major is to fulfill a stage management course, generally in the junior year, which allows students practical exposure to managing and/or crewing a production. It is essential that students understand the concrete workings of theater in order to appreciate its history and literature. With faculty collaboration, students of Drama and Dance integrate research, theory, intellectual engagement, and performance. During the senior year, students have the option of completing a senior project in addition to fulfilling the 60 units required for the major.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to find organic and meaningful ways of integrating theory and practice.
  2. the ability to perform critical and theoretical analysis within the discipline.
  3. effective research and writing skills that complement practical work.


The mission of the graduate program in Drama is to produce students who work on the leading edge of both scholarly and performance practice. The Ph.D. program in Drama emphasizes the combination of theory and practice. Graduate students complete a program with a study of critical theory and textual history and an understanding that such theory is informed by practical elements in directing, acting, writing, and design.

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