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Ireland: Community-Engaged Theatre

The word “audience” can refer to many different groups or communities: children in a classroom, patrons in a theatre, spectators on a street. How do we -- teachers, teaching artists, university students, recreational leaders, language and speech arts specialists, theatre directors, actors, integrated arts educators, and community leaders-- engage an audience with our work in the theatre and in the drama classroom? You'll work with Ireland’s finest drama practitioners and theatre artists, with affiliations through Upstate Theatre and the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College in Dublin, to explore facilitation, devising, and playwriting/adaptation, along with approaches to using dramatic activities to create context for theatre work. 

The 2015 Community-Engaged Theatre Program participants created a blog to document and share their experiences and adventures, which you can view here.   


Dublin, Ireland

Program Dates:

 July 2 - July 22, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round 2: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Round 3: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related course work
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Educational Theatre
  • Performing Arts Administration
  • International Education
  • Drama Therapy

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for the Summer 2017 course numbers listed below for a total of 6 points:

  • MPAET-GE.2979 (Class #TBD), Creating Meaning Through Community Drama  (3 points)
  • MPAET-GE. 2090 (Class #TBD), Theatre-in-Education Practices (3 points)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

2015 Sample Syllabus

2015 Sample Itinerary


David Montgomery, Director, Programs of Educational Theatre


2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing and Activity Fees will be similar to those of 2015:

2015 Housing Fee: $1100

2015 Activity Fee: $850

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Summer 2017 billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students will stay in shared accommodations on the campus of Trinity College.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Dublin typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Ireland of less than three months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

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Weather:  In June and July, temperatures in Dublin tend to be cooler than New York, usually between 60° and 70° Fahrenheit. 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather