The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) fosters communication about performance issues through two hallmark programs. Both programs leave their international footprints on the campus, as artists and students alike share their unique experiences, new performance styles, and research findings with the university community.
The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) brings international performers to campus through the Artist Residency program. The program seeks to pair artists from abroad with University of Michigan faculty who share an interest or expertise in the same genre or tradition. Faculty members participate and/or host artists as they present in forums such as class lectures, demonstrations, public presentations, and performances. Read biographies of our most recent artist residents.
The center offers a three-semester residency to graduate students in the first or second year of their program who wish to study world performance and world-renowned artists. The program serves graduate students who seek a more interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach than is possible within typical departmental structures. Applications are accepted in the early fall for winter admission.