How to discover the past and create the future through theatre, dance, and media

Harvard offers students the ability to become makers and researchers of art. Their art classes range from dance, theatre, and other performance-based media. Given the immense resources at Harvard, students will be able to learn how to master their Theatre, Dance, and Media, TDM, skills by collaborating with other students in various group work and participation in class work through departmental productions.

TDM classes range from creative writing, physical movement, design and directing, digital and aesthetic humanities, history and practice. TDM invests equally in liberal arts education and technical skills. The TDM classes aim at having a generation of graduates who use their acquired experience in performance, media, and storytelling for careers both inside and outside arts. The professional theatre at Harvard University, American Repertory Theatre, ART, plays a huge role in ensuring the TDM classes are concentrated on.

Various students praise the methods used in TDM classes. The energy, resources, and attention that are focused on the courses create an exciting atmosphere for the children. It has been debated that some of the classes offered are time-consuming to the students and may divert their attention from other studies. However, Harvard has managed to control this by limiting the number of shows each semester. Undergraduates can only put on 20 to 40 shows per semester, TDM only stages two shows per year. They also open up casting and technical roles to non-concentrators. This way they are able to equip their students with both aesthetic ideas and new skills.

TDM tries its best to ensure the studies are quality and growth driven. They do so by limiting the number of students per class to 21 students. This ensures the students enjoy being independent and the individual attention that they receive from the lecturers. Great resources keep being invested into the TDM program. The President of the University recently provided in seed funding $5 million for support of the humanities program.

Even after TDM provide advice on the resources that students put into the program. Some students still find it hard to balance the theory and vocational bits of the concentration. The school is currently looking into integrating the study of TDM with the actual practicing and making of art since courses normally ask for a balance between those disciplines. Despite the teething problems the TDM program undergoes, the students continue to enjoy the enthusiasm Harvard invests in this new concentration. The program is housed in Farkas Hall, named for alumni and donor Andrew Farkas. As technology continues to become an integral part of TDM, Harvard continues to investigate the possibilities of having media in live performances in their new concentration.