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This course introduces students to theatre as a live and performing art. Students will explore the roles of the playwright, actor, director, and designer in the production process, as well as examine the role of the audience in the live performance.

Nancy Smithner

Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre

NYU Washington Square and Sydney, Australia

Program Dates:

Fall 2019 in Washington Square; travel to Sydney Sunday, January 5 - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2019-2020 will be sent to eligible students by May 30, 2019.


Eligible candidates for global honors seminars are Steinhardt students enrolled in their freshman or sophomore year during 2019-2020. You must have a Steinhardt cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a record of leadership, community engagement, and service. 

Students may participate in only one global honors seminar during their degree.

Course May Count Towards:

Expressive Cultures CORE
Liberal Arts elective
Unrestricted elective
Major or minor in Music and Performing Arts Professions


Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Class Location: TBD
Course Number: MPAET-UE.60


Undergraduate Tuition: Tuition for the 4-credit course are the same as a regular NYU course.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Fall 2019.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 program fee
  • Daily personal spending money, including most lunches and dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any pre-departure immunization or medical expenses as required by NYU or recommended by students' personal doctors or the NYU Health Center
  • Visa fees if required
  • Cost of obtaining a passport, if student does not already have one
  • Regular tuition and registration fees

Students will stay in a hotel during the travel component of the seminar. Rooms are double occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: NYU Steinhardt will book and pay for roundtrip air travel to Sydney based on the program travel dates.  Students will be required to travel as a group, and alternative flight plans are not allowed.

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: Visa required for all U.S. citizens. See Australian Consulate in New York. Further details and instructions for obtaining a visa to Australia will be provided during program orientation.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenters for Disease Control.