See today’s hottest stage productions and meet the artists that bring these works to life. Take in theatre history through tours and museum visits. Hone your technique in hands-on workshops. Partner with a major professional theatre company and your fellow students to create an original ensemble performance piece—and experience the thrill of being onstage to premiere it in New York City.

You’ll spend one day a week during the fall semester in New York City—the undisputed center of the theatre world—observing, learning and creating. During spring break, you’ll live in the city all week to rehearse and perform your new ensemble show with the support of professional theatre mentors. Then, you’ll bring the piece back to Drew as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s regular spring performance season.

Program Calendar

This program starts each fall and requires a full-year commitment. The fall semester consists of weekly classes and experiences in New York City. During spring break, students live in the city to rehearse and perform an original ensemble work. In the spring semester, students perform the piece on Drew’s campus.

Program Directors

Lisa Brenner, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Chris Ceraso, Professor of Theatre Arts

Required Courses

You are required to take the two courses listed below for a total of 8 credits. For theatre majors, these courses fulfill your capstone requirements.

  • THEA 400 – Theatre Arts Fall: New York City Colloquium (4 credits)
    Research the major American theatre organizations and institutions. Attend cutting-edge live performances. Hear from notable theatre guest speakers. Attend intensive workshops with a professional theatre company. Reflect on these experiences to create your personal theatre manifesto and work with your peers to develop a concept for an original ensemble piece that will be produced in the spring.
  • THEA 401 – Theatre Arts Spring: New York City Performance and Residency (4 credits)
    Learn the play development process working with mentors from a professional theatre company. Attend professional performances and rehearsals that will inform the writing, staging and rehearsing leading up to a New York City premiere of an ensemble work you created with your class. Then, take feedback and make adjustments to bring the production back to share with the Drew community.

Eligibility

To participate in the New York Theatre program, you must:

  1. Have completed a minimum of 8 credits in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Drew. 
  2. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application

Applications are due by March 10. An interview with the program directors will be scheduled for finalists as part of the application process.

Cost

The cost of this program is included in your annual tuition and includes round-trip transportation to New York City from Madison, room and board in NYC during spring break and program-related events and activities.

Financial Aid

All of your Drew University financial assistance, whether merit or need-based, may be applied to all Drew-sponsored semester programs.