The Production and Design Studio at the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama is dedicated to giving you the artistic and intellectual know-how for a successful life in the performing arts. We would love to talk to you. Stop on by.
What makes Tisch Drama unique? Our undergraduate program connects rigorous conservatory training with an empowering academic curriculum. We’re preparing our students to reinvent the fields they enter by building upon the creative and intellectual assets of NYU, the incomparable cultural resources of New York City, and a rich schedule of productions led by internationally recognized faculty and theatre artists. By exploring various creative techniques instead of a prescribed, regimented program, we're confident you’ll develop an individual way of working that suits you best. We place equal emphasis on an expansive theatre studies curriculum and general education courses in the humanities and sciences.
The Production and Design Studio provides the skills, techniques and experiences necessary to pursue a career in the design, technical, management and other production areas of the performing arts. Design training includes scenery, costumes, lighting and sound design. Management training includes stage management, production management, general management, and producing.
P&D students are assigned to least one production each semester and often will volunteer for three or four other shows per year. We produce over fifty plays or musicals each year in our six performance spaces. All of these shows are exclusively for and by the undergraduates. First year students learn by contributing to the show – crewing, building, running, hanging lights/sound/projection equipment. As the student progresses through the program, production assignments build skills and challenge one to take on greater responsibilities. Second year students will assist the designers and stage managers on fully produced shows. In the final two years, students are encouraged to design or manage full productions.
At Tisch Drama we train thinking artists who have the skills to ask questions, find answers, tell stories and engage — creatively, intellectually, and professionally.