The NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program is an academic and artistic laboratory dedicated to theater research, scholarship and practice. Reflecting the global vision of NYUAD, a cosmopolitan liberal arts university, we provide a rigorous approach to artist training, a solid scholarly foundation in theater history, theory and criticism, and exposure to a variety of transnational cultural practices through the study of theater both here and abroad. For NYUAD theater majors, making and thinking — creating and articulating — culture are inseparable tasks. Our aim is to develop artist-citizens whose theatrical contributions will expand the limits of the field and make a difference in the world. We expect NYUAD Theater graduates to collaborate eagerly with other artists, scientists and scholars across disciplines and invent new and hybrid cultural practices that will come to define what theater will be in the 21st century.

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, on the mainstage production led by professional artists, 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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