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Community-Engaged Theatre

Remote Global Learning Course

There are many ways to engage dynamically with a community to give voice to its members, whether in a drama classroom or an applied theatre setting. This course will explore how we -- as teachers, teaching artists, university students, recreational leaders, language and speech arts specialists, theatre directors, actors, integrated arts educators, and community leaders – can implement best practices in facilitation and outreach in any given community. How does one establish equity, transparent communication, and collaborative exchange? What skills do teaching artists need?

In Ireland, the arts are woven into the fabric of the community. And in this course, students will work with Ireland’s finest drama practitioners and theatre artists, with affiliations such as Upstate Theatre in Drogheda and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Together, through their expertise and enthusiasm, we will investigate creative skills in storytelling, devising, and playwriting, along with approaches to using dramatic activities to create a context for theatre work.

Nancy Smithner

Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre

Remote Learning Format

Program Dates:

July 6 to 25, 2021, Meets Tuesdays/Thursday mornings and some afternoons on Mondays and Wedensdays. Meeting times are scheduled to complement Looking for Shakespeare program.

Registration Deadline:
  • Registration Opens: April 12, 2021
  • Registration Ends: May 23, 2021*

Don't forget to meet with your academic advisor to ensure that this course count towards your degree requirements.

*Registration continues thereafter by request to on a space-available basis.

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduates
  • 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 one of the following Summer 2021 course number for a total of 3 points:

  • Graduate Students: MPAET-GE 2979, Section 099, Class #5526 - Creating Meaning Through Community Drama (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions 

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


Nancy Smithner, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre


Students enrolled in a graduate course will be billed NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for 2020-2021. Tuition and fees are due per the NYU Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2021 term.

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $6,263

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