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Combine 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.


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Bachelor of Science in Educational Theatre

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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. 

Throughout your degree, you’ll gain:

  • A foundation in 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

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 Youth in England and Theatre Practices in Puerto Rico.

Our 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. Our graduates also work as playwrights, directors, technicians, and actors on projects devoted to creating innovative theatre for education and change.

Educational Theatre Scholarships

Students in the Program in Educational Theatre may receive scholarships through one or both of the following methods. The first is through completing the Steinhardt Financial Aid process and potentially receiving need-based scholarships. Information on this process is available through the Financial Aid websites for undergraduate students and graduate students.

The second method is by applying for Educational Theatre Scholarships directly through the Program.

Eligibility Criteria for Educational Theatre Scholarships

  • Educational Theatre Scholarship applicants must be students in the Program in Educational Theatre who demonstrate service to the Program, academic merit, or artistic merit.
  • Undergraduate and doctoral students can receive scholarships up to two times, but not in consecutive semesters. Master’s students can receive a scholarship only once.
  • If undergraduate and doctoral students who have already received the award apply again, information included in the statement should only pertain to work completed after the previous award.
  • Undergraduate students must apply by the April deadline regardless of whether their scholarship will apply to fall, spring, or summer. If the student leaves the university or otherwise does not enroll in classes, their scholarship will be cancelled.
  • Priority is given to students with financial need.


Up to a $5,000 bursary will be awarded to students and applied to their Bursar account in one of four areas: Service-based, Academic Merit, Artistic Merit, or Study Abroad.

Note that these scholarships can only be applied towards tuition and/or registration fees for NYU/Educational Theatre courses.

Application Procedure

Students can apply for these scholarships after completing one semester of study. An application form will be circulated to current students through the program’s list serve approximately two - three weeks prior to the start of registration for the upcoming term.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall – April 1
  • Spring – November 1
  • Summer – January 24

The application form requires:

  • a faculty member to support the application
  • selection of one of the four award areas (Service-based, Academic Merit, Artistic Merit, or Study Abroad)
  • a statement of no more than 500 words responding to a corresponding prompt

Statement Prompts:

Statement of Service describing the ways in which you have provided service to the Program that is deserving of acknowledgement.

Academic Merit:
Statement of Academic Merit describing the ways in which your academic work is deserving of acknowledgement.

Artistic Merit:
Statement of Artistic Merit describing the ways in which your artistic work is deserving of acknowledgement.

Study Abroad:
Statement of Service, Academic Merit, or Artistic Merit describing the ways in which your work is deserving of acknowledgement through scholarship for the study abroad program.


Nancy and Lowell Swortzell Permanent Fund in Educational Theatre Scholarships

This scholarship honors the legacy of Nancy and Lowell Swortzell, distinguished professors who founded the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt in 1966, and continued teaching in the program for 40 years. In the spirit of their work, we are pleased to support the financial needs of students as they work toward completion of their degree. Awards are available to students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.

Myoung-Cheul Chung Scholarship in Educational Theatre

This scholarship for Educational Theatre students was created by one of the Program's alumni, Mr. Myoung-Cheul Chung, MA '95. The scholarship has supported both undergraduate and graduate students in Educational Theatre since its inception in 1999. Mr. Chung was a student of Nancy and Lowell Swortzell, the founders of the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU.

Email Jonathan Jones for more information.


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