Performance and Performance Studies

What is Performance Studies?

Performance Studies is the exploration of the concept of performance, also known as "performativity." Unlike its manifestations, such as performance art, the performance of the self in everyday life, performance in sports and performance in business, performance studies seeks to think about the idea of performance in a "big picture" way and through its specific applications.

What is Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute?

Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) at Pratt Institute is the central home of performance at the Institute. We apply equal parts of theory and practice to our courses and curricula, both undergraduate and graduate.


Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) is an innovative collection of undergraduate and graduate programs at Pratt Institute. The first of its kind, Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) focuses equally on performance theory and performance practice in an art school setting. P+PS's home department is in Humanities and Media Studies within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. HMS and SLAS house several programs that intersect creative, community, and critical practices.

Our students have numerous opportunities to interact with artists of divergent backgrounds as part of their Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) training. We are expanding the relationships between performance, performance theory, and all parts of Pratt's Institute's renowned curriculum.

Our programs at Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) include an undergraduate minor (current) and a graduate MFA program (beginning 2016). Performance and Performance Studies (P+PS) welcomes students from all disciplines (both creative and scholarly) and experiences.

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