Programs - Educational Theatre

BS in Educational Theatre

Study Theatre Education and Performance in the Heart of New York City

Bachelor of Science in Educational Theatre

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:
Fall or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
November 1 (Early Decision 1)
January 1 (Regular Decision and Early Decision 2)
March 1 (Internal Transfer Applications)
April 1 (Transfer Applications)
Spring: October 1

Our newly redesigned bachelor of science program in Educational Theatre combines a four-year liberal arts curriculum with immersive study in theatre education and performance in New York City, the world's theatre capital. You'll explore an exciting and growing field that unites the artistry of theatre with its power to inspire change, working closely with supportive faculty members who are leaders in the field.

What you'll learn
  • Educational theatre, acting, directing, theatre history, stagecraft, and design
  • A full liberal arts education with core courses in history, philosophy, language, literature, sociology, science, and math
  • An investigation of options for teaching or performing in a wide range of contexts

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

We also offer a minor in Educational Theatre.

How you'll learn

Core Courses, Pathways, and Flexible Study
In this bachelor's program, you'll take a total of 128 credits, including courses in Liberal Arts, Content Core, and Pedagogy Core. You will choose to concentrate your studies in one of three specialized pathways at the end of your sophomore year – Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, or Theatre Performance and Production – and demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in a culminating field experience and senior seminar. You can also choose a double major or minor, taking courses across NYU. 

Teaching and Performance Opportunities
You'll have on- and off-campus opportunities to develop teaching and performance skills and cutting-edge approaches to theatre making. Our performance facilities include the iconic Provincetown Playhouse and the Black Box Theatre, which host three major productions a year in addition to play festivals and site-specific performances.

Study Abroad
Study away for a semester in one of NYU's many global academic centers, or take part in Drama in Education in England, Community-Engaged Theatre in Ireland, and Theatre Practices in Puerto Rico.

What you can do with this degree

Graduates teach theatre in a variety of settings where certification is not required, including cultural institutions, community organizations, and schools. They hold key positions, often as directors, in education and/or outreach programs affiliated with prestigious professional theatre companies. Graduates also work as playwrights, directors, technicians, and actors on projects devoted to creating innovative theatre for education and change.

Special note for students matriculating in Fall 2015 or earlier

If you are a current student or joining the Educational Theatre program for the first time in Fall 2015, you may be able to choose our teacher certification option. Talk with your adviser during the Fall 2015 semester to determine which option is best for you.

For more information about this BS program, please contact

Nancy Smithner
82 Washington Square East, Pless Annex, Room 223
New York, NY 10003