Department of Communication Studies

Performance Studies Courses

We offer classes for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of performance of literature, scripting and directiong, performance and social issues, and performance and culture. Students also may earn credit through production work in our program. 

In addition to class room opportunities, students may also participate in the UNI Interpreters Theatre productions and SAVE Forum Actors.

COMM 1940: Applied Performance Studies/SAVE

Applied performance studies with Students Against a Violent Environment.

COMM 1941: Applied Performance Studies

Credit for approved work in Performance Studies (e.g., participation in Interpreters Theatre, performance in community, campus, or festival settings; or related activity). May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours.

COMM 2256: Oral Interpretation: Texts in Performance

Introduction to the performance, analysis, and criticism of literary and aesthetic texts.

COMM 2455: Group Performance: Scripting and Directing

Adopting and staging texts for live and electronic group performances. Work in narrative adoption, montage scripting, and ethnodrama.

COMM 2456: Performance of Popular Culture

Introduction to the critical analysis, study, and performance of popular culture artifacts, phenomenon and texts. Special emphasis given to the socio-political implications and technologicaladvances affecting popular culture consumption in U.S. culture.

COMM 3941: Advanced Applied Performance Studies

Credit for approved work in Performance Studies (e.g., participation in Interpreters Theatre, performance in community, campus, or festival settings; or related activity). May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours.


COMM 4186/5186: Studies in Communication: Playwriting

Studies in playwriting.

COMM 4444/5444: Communication, Community, and Change

Study of communication practices in the construction, enhancement, and maintenance of communities. Theoretical and experiental applications through civic engagement case study analysis, and applied critique of specific communities. Included community projects, presentations, or simulations. 

COMM 4446/5446: Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric

Studies in rhetorical and performance texts in social protest, public awareness, identity formation, and rhetorical movements. Special attention to issues of race, sex and sexuality, age, and/or class.

COMM 4447/5447: Performance and Social Change

Study of creation and theory of interactive performances as a method to create dialog and promote civic engagement related to social justice issues.

COMM 4448/5448: Cultural Performance

Advanced study of verbal art, texts, and aesthetic traditions in community, cultural, and political contexts. Emphasis on the roles narrative, ritual, and ceremony play in creating and contributing to cultural identity and social advocacy.

COMM 4490/4490: Interpreters Theatre Production

Advanced study and practice in preparing scripts, directing group performance for public presentation, and designing and implementing technical elements of productions. Usually involves directing, scripting, designing, or researching for an Interpreters Theatre production.

COMM 4909/5909: Readings in Performance Studies

Extensive individual study of special topics in performance studies theory, history, or research.

COMMGRAD 6044: Seminar in Performance Studies:

The Department of Communication Studies regularly offers graduate seminars in Performance Studies. Previous seminars include:

  • Performance Theories & Methods
  • Performance of Everyday Life
  • Performance as Creative Method
  • Performance Ethnography
  • Performance of Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Performing Immigrant Experiences
  • Narrative Place and Crisis
  • Performance and Identity
  • Criticism and Traditions