Theater and performance have shaped the civic, religious, and ideological lives of human beings throughout history. Plays and performances do not represent only what we know and what we have done; they are also tools that can demonstrate the possibility of new worlds, new modes of social interaction, and how we might revise our relationship to the past.

The NYUAD Theater Program engages in the practice and study of theatre and performance to critically evaluate and demonstrate historic and contemporary social and cultural relations across the globe. Embedded as it is in NYU’s global network, the major uses global theatre and performance practices to imagine and exhibit ways to enact these relations differently — and hopefully, for the better — believing when enacted, plays and performances are events that transform all its participants.

Student Spotlight

Theater and performance are collaborative arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. These experiences happen in many ways: in practice-based classes and in scholarly seminars, in apprenticeships with professional companies in residence, as students host visiting artists, as collaborators on faculty research projects, by generating extracurricular experimental performances and staged readings and, in their senior year, by producing a sustained and fully developed theater Capstone project. Theater students learn teamwork, discipline, leadership skills, effective modes of creative expression, improvisation, adaptability, and collective problem solving, as well as interpretive and textual analysis. All these are critical skills necessary for a sustained career in the arts and which are transferable to many careers in the humanities and social sciences.

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