Semester on New York Theatre


New York Theatre

Drew has partnered with the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project, a leading company in devised theatre. Tectonic’s The Laramie Project was named one of the 25 most important American plays in the last 25 years by the New York Times.  Tectonic artists train Drew students and guide them through the process of creating and producing an original work.

This program is offered in alternate years 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.

Applications are due by March 10.

An interview with the program directors will be scheduled for finalists as part of the application process.

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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.

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
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
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.