The Postgraduate Program in Performing Arts at ECA-USP had its origin in 1981, and it is considered the oldest and pioneer program in the field in the country. Initially, it was part of the Postgraduate Program in Arts, but in 2006, it became independent, as the Postgraduate Program in Performing Arts - PPGAC, promoting its development by acquiring autonomy to implement research projects , teaching and intellectual production related to its own characteristics.

The creation of an autonomous Performing Arts Program at USP is a result of the strengthening of this field of knowledge in a national level, mostly due to the dedication of teachers and students who have been actively participating in this work. The Program's four research lines, focused in two areas, incorporate contemporary thinking nationally and internationally. With the aim to establish a solid position and be recognized as an Excellence Program in the country, the PPGAC proposes new challenges, in theater, dance and performance as interconnected areas, involving theory and practice.

PPGAC brings together an active and qualified group of teacher-researchers, distributed in laboratories, research and teaching groups, contributing to an intense dialogue with society. It is also important to highlight the fruitful relationship with the undergraduate program, improving the connection between the two levels. The porosity of the research performed by professors accredited to the pedagogical and creative processes of undergraduate students has been acquiring an expressive performance, together with the postgraduate researches, resulting in an effective impact of our actions in the Brazilian territory.

The two magazines published in the Program - Sala Preta and Aspas - include publications of research developed by the Program, contributing to the transmission, at national and international levels, of the projects. PPGAC is coordinated by a Postgraduate Commission (CCP), which has as full members three full accredited advisors in the Program, and a student representative.


  • Establishment of a fruitful and permanent dialogue between the university and society, with a focus on: a) frequent changes in social life, which require appropriate artistic and pedagogical responses to new historical confrontations, b) exchange with other educational and research institutions in Brazil and abroad, c) the wide dissemination of knowledge;
  • ​Training of excellent teachers and researchers;
  • Encourage the continuous improvement of teachers in the Program;
  • Promotion of innovation in the scope of intellectual, technical, artistic and bibliographic production by the Program;
  • Encouraging the circulation of knowledge produced by similar programs, in both national or international institutions.