Center for World Performance studies

  • 1720 East Quadrangle
  • 701 East University Ave.
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245

The Center for World Performance Studies Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies is a curricular opportunity for any student who is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Michigan. The certificate requires 9 credit hours of coursework over the span of twelve months and provides $3,500 per student for a summer internship, research or practicum experience. 6 credits will be earned in two required courses: TheatreMus 647.001 “Introduction to Performance Studies” in the winter semester (3 credits), and RACKHAM 570.005 “Proseminar and Presentation of Capstone Project” in the fall semester (3 credits). The remaining 3 credits will be a course taken by students in their home unit and double-counted, in consultation with a unit chair or advisor, towards the certificate program within Rackham guidelines.

The Center for World Performance Studies promotes the scholarly study of music, dance, and theater and, by extension, all forms of expressive arts across the globe including Asia, Africa, The Middle East, Latin America and the Pacific and Atlantic Islands as well as marginalized groups in Europe and America. Through interdisciplinary and engaged dialogues between scholars, students, and performance specialists from around the world, the Center fosters intellectual work that foregrounds the intimate connections between artistic practices and their complex and dynamically changing cultural environments.