Program Structure

Theater and performance are collaborative arts at NYUAD. 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 extra-curricular 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, 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.

The Theater program at NYUAD welcomes majors and non-majors to join us in creating a thriving performance program for the college community, with events ranging from full productions to informal readings, solo performances, student-directed plays, and site-specific events on campus and beyond.

Mainstage Productions

Each fall, the NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program produces a mainstage production. Throughout this eight-week process, a guest director and professional artistic collaborators engage NYUAD students both on and off the stage as they build a production from conceptualization through performance. Students can participate as performers or as apprentices in design and production areas, working closely with the guest artists or theater professionals for a remarkable experience realizing a theatrical production.

Student Led Projects

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.

Study Away

The NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program is committed to providing its students a range of opportunities both inside and outside of the Global Network University with focuses including classical, experimental, and collaborative training.  Each study away program is student-focused and features training with some of the foremost artists, practitioners, and scholars in the world. Theater programs abroad include:

  • NYU Accra
    • The University of Ghana-Legon
  • NYU Berlin
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
    • Stellar Adler Studio of Action
    • Atlantic Acting School
    • Experimental Theater Wing
    • The Meisner Studio
    • New Studio on Broadway
    • Playwrights Horizon Theater School
    • Production and Design
    • Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
    • Stonestreet Studios Conservatory For Screen Acting & Production
    • The Classical Studio
  • NYU London: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts