Media and Performance Studies
An interest area
"All the world's a stage."
As You Like It
Performance plays an integral part in all aspects of our lives, from entertainment to culture to personal relationships. In addition to the traditional performing arts such as theater and film, the study of performance also includes folk customs and rituals, civic events, political protest, and performance in everyday life, including identity categories such as race, gender, and sexuality.
The Media and Performance Studies interest area investigates the performances at the heart of social life and communication. Courses in this interest area examine the ways in which individual performances reflect, reproduce, or challenge cultural norms, and how they shape social life.
At Bryant, you will be taught to think about both text and body, exploring the dynamic power of performance to make meaning. You will be challenged to see beyond the traditional expressions of performance to how we all perform in everyday life.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
Media and Performance Studies are beneficial in a number of professional fields including: journalism, theater, advocacy, education, arts administration, public relations, politics, and film and television.
Media and Performance Studies faculty
Faculty who teach in the areas of Media and Performance Studies conduct research that spans film, television, theater, performance activism, new media, and popular culture. Some of the faculty have authored books, and all are widely published experts in their fields.