Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production

Our Theatre Performance and Production specialization helps you become a part of the next generation of teaching artists, and privileges the making, presenting, and assessing of theatre. Through coursework in acting, directing, theatre design, and dramatic literature, you will devise theatre for all ages, as well as refine your craft in indigenous, classic, and contemporary drama.

There are opportunities throughout the year to take advantage of this specialization:

  • We have an active mainstage play production calendar, which includes many Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) performances. Students act, direct, design, write, and animate teacher resources for these productions.Students study the history and criticism of TYA and take internships with companies such as the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street.
  • Playwriting courses are offered where students learn the craft of scripting TYA texts and then workshop the product in our experimental Black Box studio.
  • We offer an annual storytelling season in which New York’s finest artists perform for family audiences in the legendary, and newly renovated, Provincetown Playhouse.
  • A traveling troupe of student players, Shakespeare to Go, takes clever cuts of the Bard to New York City schools.
  • Participants in the student-run club Theatrix! experiment in TYA in a range of artistic modalities, from performer to producer.
  • We offer a summer play development series that connects students with renowned playwrights for workshopping; guest artists have included Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Lois Lowry, Diane Samuels, and Susan Zeder.

Graduates land impressive positions in worldwide TYA centers and cultural houses. Groundbreaking studies in TYA have been authored by NYU faculty and graduates.