Research and Scholarship

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Prof. Michael Hollinger facilitates a student play reading.

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Graduate Student Amanda Coffin works on a Script Analysis paper.

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Graduate Student Brenden Kortenhaus works on a Costume Design project for Scenography.

The Villanova University Theatre Department is dedicated to offering opportunities that extend beyond the realm of production and into the world of academic research and scholarship.  These opportunities are well suited for dramaturgs, emerging scholars, and any student looking to enhance their research, writing, presenting, and publishing skills.

Villanova has distinguished itself as a center for theatre research in the region via the following initiatives:

  • The Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, an academic research conference occuring annually, features scholars and practitioners from across the country.  
  • The Abbey Theatre Internship and Summer Studio allows students to work and study abroad in Ireland each summer.
  • Faculty Scholarship: In addition to their teaching and directing, our faculty and staff work broadly in the field of theatre as playwrights, authors, dramaturgs, and critics.
  • Student Scholarship: Our students are multifaceted theatre artists, striving for excellence in both theatre research and production work.

Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 205
Villanova, PA 19085
610-519-4760