Theater Dance and Media
Jackson, who currently serves as a visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst College, holds a doctorate in music-integrative studies.
The number of students concentrating in Theater, Dance, and Media—Harvard's youngest concentration at four years old—has almost doubled over the past three years.
The initial batches of Theater, Dance, and Media concentrators largely laud the program, though some say it can be difficult to balance its multiple components.
Student's at Harvard's A.R.T. Institute—which received a failing grade for saddling graduates with debt—say they realize careers in the arts can be low-paying.
As Harvard’s undergraduate student body has grown ever more diverse, many challenges remain in making the University a fully inclusive institution for all those admitted. According to The Crimson’s annual survey of graduating seniors, students of color at Harvard are less likely to concentrate in the arts and humanities than their white peers. But both faculty and students say that making the arts more open has rarely been so important.
Piñatas, komodo dragons, a dog that turns into a human: These wacky sights, among others, will take the stage at Farkas Hall this weekend during Harvard’s production of Naomi Iizuka’s 1999 comedy “Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls.”
Creating a professional-quality show—the second in the TDM Department’s history—while simultaneously mentoring Harvard students provided Kramer with a unique opportunity outside of the limits of commercial theater. “It was a great opportunity to explore one of the greatest pieces of avant-garde theater ever written,” he says.
While schools like Princeton and Yale had already had larger theater and dance programs running for years, Harvard's Theater, Dance, and Media concentration did not make its debut until Oct. 1, 2015. Through the efforts of faculty like TDM chair Martin Puchner and dance director Jill Johnson, Harvard's newest foray into the study of theater is only just starting to take the stage.
Theater, Dance & Media continues to grow in its second year as a concentration, offering the first dance technique course for credit, a collaboration with an internationally renowned director, and a new Asian American performance class.