The Ohio State University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre. The program is designed for aspiring theatre critics, scholars, and teachers. Qualified applicants will have a substantial undergraduate and graduate background in theatre-related fields, as well as demonstrated interest in theatre production and scholarship. Each degree candidate works with an adviser to design a program of study including general courses and specialized courses relating to theatre studies. The curriculum covers areas such as ancient and modern Greek theatre, contemporary performance arts, and women and theatre. The program also offers production training opportunities in acting, design, directing, and dramaturgy. The doctoral department has close ties to the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, a significant archive of theatre studies materials.
OSU was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. Today, it is a flagship public research university with land, sea, and space grants. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the OSU campus is the third-largest in the United States. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and is counted among the nation's "Public Ivy" institutions. The university's marching bands, concert bands, and choirs are noted for their nationally recognized performances. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Ohio University at No. 56 in National Universities, No. 18 in Most Innovative Schools, and No. 17 in Top Public Schools.