What is Educational Theatre at NYU?
From classical antiquity to the present, education and theatre have shared common goals and uses. The Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development consciously brings the two fields together--in the classroom, workshop, studio, and on the stage. Here, we develop new strategies in teaching and learning through drama. We encourage experimentation by students, faculty, and alumni in the creation and presentation of theatre for audiences of all ages. Staged productions become the laboratory for testing new ideas and methods, while program research disseminates these findings through books, articles, and plays that are published and performed throughout the world.
Programs of study lead to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Education degrees. These programs provide comprehensive training in all aspects of educational theatre for careers in preschool through college and university teaching as well as for professional theatre for children. Students gain an educational experience that offers:
- challenging academic studies grounded in both theory and practice
- stimulating theatrical experience
- mastery and expansion of creative talents
- performance of research and individual works
- New York City--one of the world's most exciting cities in which to live and study and the nation's center for theatrical production, as well as research and experimentation in the performing and related arts.
To prepare professionals who will foster the participation, understanding, and appreciation of the dramatic arts in the daily life of young people, families, school, and community, program strives to produce the artist who is a teacher and the teacher who is also an artist.