Each academic year, the NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program produces two mainstage productions — one professional and one student production. For the professional mainstage production, a New York-based theater company is in residence with the NYUAD Theater Program on the Saadiyat campus as they devise, rehearse, and stage their show. Throughout this eight- to twelve-week process, the theater company engages NYUAD students in a range of apprenticeships, from directing through stage management, that provide a remarkable firsthand look at how theater companies develop work in a professional theatrical setting.
For the mainstage student production, a guest theater company or a guest director and group of artistic collaborators devise a production utilizing students as the main cast and crew. Throughout this eight-week process, leading directors and artists engage NYUAD students both on and off the stage as they build a production from conceptualization through performance.
The annual Global Shakespeare Festival convenes students, faculty members, practitioners, and scholars from around the globe for a five-day investigation into the question “What is global Shakespeare?” Through a series of master classes, student-led workshops, performances, and lectures, an international circulatory system of Shakespearean performance, ideas, vocabulary, and methodology forms.
NYUAD Theater Program Student-Led Project Series (SLP) provides both majors and non-majors the opportunity to conduct, direct, or present theater projects for the NYUAD community including workshops, staged readings, and small-scale productions.
Apprenticeships afford students the ability to work closely with a guest artist or professional theater company in residence with the theater program.