June 15, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Alysia and G. Thomas: The Last Semester of the BBC Program

Spring 2015 marked the last student group to participate in the Tisch Television Production with the BBC program (an announcement was made earlier this year that the program was being canceled due to budget cutbacks implemented by the British government and policy changes at the BBC  which have forced the BBC to end commercial training initiatives in London).

Two of the students at the BBC this past spring, Alysia Anderson and G. Thomas Esmay, were assigned to the BBC Outside Broadcast (OB) department responsible for covering the entire country for the General Election which occurred on May 7. Mary Jane Walsh, Tisch London program director said, “This is a mammoth and challenging task and for two of our students to have become essential members of this team was truly impressive.”

Before the program officially comes to a close, Alysia and G. Thomas have shared their experience with us:
Alysia and G. Thomas outside the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament).

Alysia and G. Thomas outside the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament).

One of the most fascinating aspects of the BBC, and another key factor that sets them apart from American broadcasts channels, is the way in which it aspires to be impartial. All news stories are broadcast and examined by the BBC in an unbiased and honest manner, in part because the corporation has complete allegiance to its viewers and also because the BBC wishes to do sincere justice to all news stories regardless as to who is involved or where the story originates. This cultural difference became most evident and educational to me at my attachment, working with BBC Westminster for the 2015 General Election Broadcast.

I began my attachment with high expectations and can honestly say they were met and exceeded every single day. Not only was I educated on a foreign political system by working journalists, but I was also trusted and instructed to become a working factor in one of the most historical General Elections in the history of the United Kingdom. The work I was given ranged from contacting reporters about their locations, confirming constituency profiles, booking satellite lines, and of course gladly fetching tea for some of the hardest working people I have ever had the honor to work with. I felt like a member of the team, a respected equal, and most of all essential for the broadcast’s success, which I attest both to the BBC and also to Tisch London for honoring their commitment to us to provide an educational work environment.

Even though the days were long, it truly was the time of my life working for the BBC and being a part of this prestigious program. …New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is one of the best art schools in the world, and I can honestly say that the Tisch BBC program was the highlight of my time being educated there.
–Alysia Anderson

Alysia and G. Thomas on the set used throughout the live broadcast.

Alysia and G. Thomas on the set used throughout the live broadcast.








In truth, I knew very little about American politics, never mind British ones—a fact that was soon identified by my new boss, Tim Burke, Editor Election Outside Broadcasts (OBs). For some reason, he thought his new interns would be politics and journalism students. Alysia Anderson and I were nothing of the sort.

But somehow it worked. I was quickly immersed into this foreign new world through BBC Politics programs, especially the very informative Daily Politics. Gradually I came to have some idea of the political state of affairs in the country.

Early into the attachment, I was tasked with sorting out recces for the UK towns Altrincham and Stoke on Trent. Tim Burke repeatedly muttered something about satellites. Truthfully, I had no idea what he was talking about, but I went away and tried to make sense of what I was supposed to do. I contacted a technical manager, who helped to properly explain what Tim meant. The recce went, in my estimation, quite well.

The work on my internship/attachment involved wasn’t always glamorous, but it was essential. Tim instructed Alysia and me to liaise between him and team coordinating the OB units and the individual producers, reporters and other staff who’d be present at each of the vote counts on Election Night. This involved a lot of checking spreadsheets, double-checking spreadsheets, mailing envelopes, emailing local press officers, etc.

I don’t think I appreciated the value of all that work until Election Night. Then, I was present at the town of Thurrock in Essex ( a crucial marginal seat) vote count as a runner, but I spent every spare moment glued to the BBC’s coverage of the Election. The broadcast was full of surprises from the very beginning with the mind-boggling exit poll. (I remember my jaw dropping when I saw the results being forecast.) I felt a surge of pride being part of such a phenomenal piece of television, even in my small way. This feeling was reinforced throughout the night and the next day as a few of my small contributions managed to find their way onscreen. I was elated when I saw Tristram Hunt (Labour Party – former Shadow Minister of Education ) retain his Parliamentary seat at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, in the same location I had recce’d (using the same framing device I had suggested in my email to the producer). I went to the BBC’s Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire the next day to be present for the close of the overall Election broadcast.

Though my contributions were small in the grand scheme of such an immense broadcast, it was an incredible adrenaline-fueled thrill to be a part of it all. Tim Burke and Marion, his second-in-command, were the best bosses one could hope for—they took Alysia and myself to lunch at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on two occasions, and provided us with as much guidance as their time could warrant. I’ve learned more than I could have imagined, both about television and the nature of British politics. It’s been an incredible experience, and my only regret is that it’s over.
–G. Thomas Esmay

June 8, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Out in the Night to Kickoff POV on PBS

Blair Dorosh-Walther ’04 (BFA, Film and Television) was part of the first group of students to study abroad in South Africa with Tisch. Blair spent spring 2003 in the documentary production program with about 10 students.

This month, Blair’s film Out in the Night will kick off the 28th season of the documentary series POV on PBS on June 22. POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Learn more about POV.

Out in the Night made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2014. The documentary is about  a group of friends, four African American lesbians who are out one August 2006 night in New York City when a man sexually and violently confronts them. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The documentary has screened in over 90 film festivals and universities and has won close to a dozen festival and audience awards. Learn more about the film.

Watch the trailor:

OUT IN THE NIGHT trailer from blair dorosh-walther on Vimeo.

Blair Dorosh-Walther was the director and producer for the film. Learn about Blair’s other projects on IMDb.

Be sure to tune in on June 22!

May 21, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Robert Miller & Mitchell Lichtenstein Wrap Up Spring

This week marks the official end to the spring semester. Students took the last of their final exams on Tuesday and NYU Commencement was yesterday. Before we say goodbye to the spring and welcome the summer, we’d like to share with you the two special guests Brane Zivkovic recently had in his class Music for Film and Television.

Left to right: Brane Zivkovic, Robert Miller, and Mitchell Lichtenstein

Left to right: Brane Zivkovic, Robert Miller, and Mitchell Lichtenstein

Students were treated to a lecture and Q & A with
Robert Miller, composer of Teeth and Particle Fever and Mitchell Lichtenstein, director of Teeth and this year’s release Angelica.

Here’s what one student had to say about the experience:

It was very enjoyable listening to Robert and Mitchell talk tonight. Because they worked on a movie together, they were able to explain in detail the roles of producers, directors, etc. We already discussed these roles in class, so it was very interesting to hear about them first hand. I also enjoyed hearing about Robert’s experiences writing music for commercials because we did not discuss that topic during the semester as much as we discussed feature film scores. Robert’s client list is very impressive, and he shed light onto issues such as how much time he is given to compose music for these projects, as well as if the director gives him a budget to use live musicians. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience to hear them talk about their careers.
–Andrew Tyler Weiss

Music for Film and Television (FMTV-UT 1008/OART-UT 564) is open to Undergraduate Film and Television majors as well as non-majors.

May 18, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Open Arts Courses for NYU and Visiting Students

Summer classes at NYU are set to begin next week. Have you registered yet?

If you’re looking for courses to complete major or minor requirements, start on that noncredit certificate, or experience something totally new, you may want to register for one of the following Tisch Open Arts courses:

OART-UT 1706 Through the Documentary Lens:
Contemporary Art

Explore the MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The New Museum and a Chelsea art gallery. The course screens a documentary in each class that adds context and inspiration for your excursions into the New York art world. Two of the documentaries to be screened include Jean Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child (before going to the Brooklyn Museum to see Basquiat’s personal notebooks which are on exhibit) and Andy Warhol: a Documentary Film (before going to MoMA to see the current Warhol exhibit). This is one of the elective courses for the Minor in Documentary.

OART-UT 562 Media Moguls in the 20th Century
Discover the origins of the production practices that are employed in the entertainment industry today by following the legendary characters, movie moguls, and media titans of the early 20th century and the companies they built. These innovative men and women include, but are not limited, to Louis B. Mayer, George Lucas, Maya Deren, Shirley Clark, Nam Jun Paik, Lucille Ball, Russell Simmons, Clive Davis, Julie Taymor, and Steve Jobs.
This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Producing. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Producing.

A student scene from Acting for the Camera.

A student scene from Acting for the Camera.

OART-UT 1908 Acting for the Camera
Are you an actor who wants to explore and cultivate your filmic talents? Are you a director who wants to create performances that exploit the potential of the camera? Not only will you go through exercises, improvisations and scene work, but you will be part of scenes that are rehearsed, lit, framed, and taped in a series of camera set-ups. You will receive a tape of your major project suitable, after basic editing, as a work sample or audition piece.



OART-UT 806 Ballet
You will develop a clean and precise technical base for ballet dancing. Through practice and application, you will understand the unique structure of your own body and expand your awareness of self and others. You will be encouraged to study the different styles of ballet and ballet performers around the world. For the final group project, you will choreograph a short ballet that incorporates ballet vocabulary, dance or pedestrian movements and an idea that’s related to today’s society. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Dance.

NCRD-UT 1000 Writing for the Screen
Examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen. The course will cover topics such as finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure. Be prepared to complete a film treatment with a step outline for a feature film or TV episode you plan to write. This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Filmmaking.

OART-UT 1006 Producing Essentials
Interested in being a producer in film, television, music, theatre, dance, or new media? This course provides you with a framework for understanding the dynamics of producing—as an art form and a business profession—and for completing a creative product in the entertainment and media industries. This course can be taken on its own or as part of the series of courses for the Noncredit Certificate in Producing. This is one of the required courses for the Minor in Producing.

SummerNYC2015_BlogOART-UT 1925 Urban Arts Workshop: New York
You will be exposed to key concepts and fundamental theories of urban studies, public art and the urban-inspired works of many great artists and writers based in New York City. Each week another “form” of urban art will be investigated, including discussions about and encounters with street photography, graffiti, sculpture, installation art, dance, performance art, parkour (freestyle street gymnastics), gorilla theater, art vandalism and underground art, urban sound projects, large-scale projections, poetry, essays and short stories.

Visit the Tisch Special Programs website for full Open Arts summer course descriptions and schedules.

May 6, 2015
by Jack Serio
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Signing Off!

Well, this is it! This will mark my last post as the resident blogger for Tisch Special Programs! I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to all of you who have kept up with this blog and who will hopefully continue to do so! It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve learned a lot about this fantastic department and have hopefully passed some of that knowledge on to you! I wish you all the best with your upcoming final exams and projects and hope that you can take some time to enjoy yourselves this summer! Don’t forgot to go stroll through the park (any of them!) on these gorgeous days before you head home! Embrace this weather!

As for me, I’ll be spending my summer directing the world premiere of a wonderful new play, i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost, at The Boston Playwright’s Theatre! I encourage any of my New England friends to come check it out! You can also keep up with my shenanigans at www.jackfserio.com!

I thought I would target this last post at everyone staying in NYC for the summer! There is some fantastic theatre going on and I’d thought I’d give you a few tips on what not to miss and how you can see it inexpensively!

The Flick 

This is so exciting! A couple of years ago, a new play took the city by storm at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway! People had never seen anything like it, they didn’t know what to do, many walked out of the theatre, prompting Playwright’s Artistic Director Tim Stanford to write an impassioned email to audiences standing by and validating the play. It later went on to win the Pulizer Prize. That play is The Flick by Annie Baker and the original cast and creative director have come together again to revive the production at The Barrow Street Theatre. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. You can order your $25 student tickets in advance, online here.


The Sound and The Fury

Obie Award winning ensemble ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE returns to The Public, home to its sold-out performances of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner’s modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury. With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel’s opening chapter (“the Benjy chapter”), Faulkner’s famous experiment with memory and language. With the same radical commitment ERS showed in its groundbreaking staging of The Great Gatsby (an eight-hour cover to cover reading of it), the ensemble embraces Faulkner’s language and his multilayered narrative. An eerily timeless family living room is the setting for the company’s romp through this dark story. With humor, pathos, high-energy choreography and a wildly versatile ensemble, the company brings this infamous literary masterpiece to life on stage. You can purchase your $20 student ticket at The Public’s box office in advance. More info here.


10 out of 12

Anne Washburn is at it agin! Her Mr. Burns… was one of the most talked about plays of 2013 and now she’s back at Soho Rep with a brand spanking new play about theatre! Here’s how it is billed, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech. Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar—and peculiarly impossible—task of making a new play. You’ll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. You’ll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. You’ll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable.” Washburn took notes during her tech rehearsals over the years. Directed by Les Waters, 10 out of 12 is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us. Best of all Soho rep offers 99 cent tickets! The 99-cent Sunday tickets for 10 out of 12 will be offered on June 7 and June 14. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis one-hour prior to each performance. There are also limited rush tickets ($20 for students with valid ID) are available for most performances on a first-come, first-served basis and are distributed 15-minutes prior to each performance. More info here.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for a wonderful experience everyone!

– Jack

May 6, 2015
by Jack Serio
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Tisch Summer Courses for High School Students

REMU2013_TimesSquare_ONCE_July2013 It’s almost here! Can you taste it? Summer is right around the corner and we have already had a taste of some 70 degree weather, and if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of it. As the school year winds down, everything else seems to be ramping up in Tisch with projects, finals and presentations galore. It is also an exciting time of year when students can view their fellow artists’ work! Below you’ll find some exciting information for prospective NYU students who are looking to spend their summers here with us and get a taste of NYC!

It’s hard to know what colleges are looking for in their applicants. Officer positions in clubs and good grades in advanced-level classes are always a nice place to start, but it’s the students that go the extra mile (literally!) who tend to catch the eyes of admission officers. Even better, taking college classes are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Interested in a school? Go there, try it out, and make sure you really like it! While you’re there you’ll experience NYU in a way most prospective students won’t and you’ll be earning credits towards your degree.  It’s never too early to start racking up experiences for your resume, and summer programs are also an effective way for any high school student to get a taste of college living!

During the summer, the Tisch School of the Arts offers high school students the chance to participate in intensive training in New York City. Through these programs you gain an enriching and enlightening experience, and a better understanding of the nature of a professional training program at Tisch. In each of our four-week residential programs, students are enrolled in rigorous and highly structured college-level courses taught by our full-time faculty. Upon successful completion of the summer program, you earn six college credits, all from fully accredited New York University courses.

Tisch Special Programs offers summer courses in Drama, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Game Design, ITP, Photography and Imaging, and Recorded Music. There is something for everyone! Through these courses, you’ll be studying and training in the same facilities and with the same faculty that full-time Tisch students study with on a daily basis. You’ll also get your first taste of living in a dorm and what food is like at NYU (and more importantly what the food is like in NYC.) You’ll gain a richer, fuller understanding of NYC as the artistic hub of the country, and an appreciation for all this city and this school has to offer you.

The program isn’t cheap, but neither is college, and if you break it down, it is about what you’ll be paying for credits at NYU. You can see the expense breakdown of the different programs here. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Tisch offers a number of FULL scholarships to students to fund their high school summer program! Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need. These need-based scholarships were made possible with generous support from foundations and private donors. You can learn more about these scholarships and how to apply for them here. You can also find a variety of scholarships outside of the ones offered through Tisch to use towards studying at Tisch’s summer program here.

I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this incredible opportunity and spend your next summer with us as you decide what’s right for you! The application information for the 2016 Tisch Summer High School program will be made available later this summer!

May 1, 2015
by Justine Drayton
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Summer Series: Film and Television

Visual storytelling in film and television is more than just choosing a title and adding credits. It’s a critical, yet personal, way of sharing the stories you want others to see. As Michael Glody, Undergraduate Film & Television student, Class of 2015 states, “Making a film is not just picking up a camera and shooting what’s in front of you.”

Creating a film is an immersive process that allows you to really dig deep in to your visual self, putting together a story completely from the simplest idea to a piece that resonates with others in a broader context.


If you are into visual storytelling, whether it’s animation, documentary, experimental, or narrative, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Undergraduate Film & Television will provide you with opportunities to develop your story through any medium. Join us this summer and share the story you’ve always wanted to tell!

Take a look at some suggested courses that may be the right fit for you:

“I am a journalist at my hometown newspaper but I want to learn television producing.”

Take Producing for TV (FMTV-UT 1028)!


“I am an economics major but have always wanted to make a film.”

The Film & TV department offers several fundamental production courses: you can take Sight & Sound: Filmmaking (FMTV-UT 43), which           focuses on narrative filmmaking; Sight & Sound: Studio (FMTV-UT 51), in which you learn narrative based TV studio production; or Sight & Sound: Documentary (FMTV-UT 80) to learn the foundations of documentary filmmaking.


“I am a magazine editor but have written a draft for a screenplay.”

Writing the Feature (FMTV-UT 35) is a great option if you would like to work on writing a feature length screenplay. For shorter forms, Writing the Short (FMTV-UT 1020) is good. Other writing courses offered are: Fundamentals of Dramatic & Visual Writing (FMTV-UT 33), Introduction to TV Writing (FMTV-UT 1017), Script Analysis (FMTV-UT 1084), Preparing the Screenplay (FMTV-UT 1019), and Situation & Sketch Comedy (FMTV-UT 1102)


“I already make my own films but need some help with post production.”

Introduction to Editing (FMTV-UT 1016) is the perfect class for you!


Course Highlights


Introduction to Editing with Avid and Premier Pro (FMTV-UT 1016)

May 26 – July 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4 PM

Call # 6244

This is a hands-on course designed to introduce the student to narrative and documentary editing techniques, and to the role of the editor in shaping the final form of film and video productions. Good editing is crucial to the success of every film and video. This class is recommended to students pursuing directing or producing who want a better understanding of how the post-production workflow functions, as well as to any student, from sophomore to senior, who would like to gain a clearer understanding of the role of the editor as an artist, a technician and a collaborator. To achieve this, the class will delve into the methods, objectives, and technical aspects of post-production. It will thoroughly explore two major editing programs (Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro) used in today’s professional post-production environment, and acquaint the student with every stage of the editing workflow from capture to final output. Students will learn to approach these and other non-linear programs as variations on common themes rather than as completely new and foreign tools. In addition, the class will present examples of edited sequences from both narrative and documentary films for discussion, and have invited guests who will share their experiences in bringing films to completion.  There will also be a course pack of assigned readings.


Special Effects Make-up for Film & Television (FMTV-UT 1083)

Session I: May 26 – July 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1- 4 PM (call # 4245)

Session II: July 6 – August 14, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1- 4 PM (call # 4246)


This is an introductory level hands-on workshop designed for students wishing to develop their artistry, experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has always wondered “how’d they do that?” This course explores the art of special effects make-up. Topics include skin safe molding procedures; casting and painting silicone replica props; applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, black eyes, scabs, scars, wounds, burns, and decayed flesh; designing an executing a zombie make up, designing and executing a frozen death make-up; sculpting a 1;1 scale Replica Character Maquette; using anatomical reference to enhance a character sculpt and safely using all tools and materials. Students receive a make-up kit specially designed with all materials necessary to complete in-class projects. No artistic background required.


Producing for Film (FMTV-UT 1095)

Session I: May 26 – July 2, Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 PM (call # 4354)

Session II: July 6 – August 14, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-4:00 PM (call # 4355)

An examination of the creative, organizational, and managerial roles of the producer in narrative motion pictures. Topics include how a production company is formed, creating and obtaining properties, pitching, financing, budgeting, publicity, marketing, and distribution. The course gives specific attention to the problems in these areas that will be faced by students as future professional producers, directors, production managers, or writers. Students construct a plan for a feature project of their choice, incorporating a creative package, production strategy, and a financing strategy.



Summer Film & Television courses are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit. Please visit us online for more information about course details and schedules. There are also noncredit course options and noncredit film certificate options available.

April 28, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Dramatic Writing

So you have a great story that you want to tell. Is it a play or something fit for the big or small screen?

Whether you’re interested in writing for theatre, film, or television, summer courses in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing will provide you with opportunities to hone your writing skills.

Did you already pen something that you want to take to the next level? Join us this summer and you may finally complete that screenplay or television drama series.

Here are some suggested courses for our prospective summer students:

“I’m currently a professional film editor, but I would like to explore writing for the screen. Which courses would you recommend?”
Screenwriting I

DW_BlogPost“I’m a comedian and writer and was interested in writing a stage play.”
Playwriting I

“I’ve been working as television production manager for a few years and I am interested in writing for television. What kind of courses do you offer?”
Television I for skills on writing a half-hour comedy for television, or for an “overview” introductory course on writing for dramatic mediums, Introduction to Dramatic Writing.

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing offers summer courses for undergraduate and graduate credit. Courses for noncredit and certificates are also offered in Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Television Writing.

April 23, 2015
by Mariangela Lardaro
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Summer Series: Open Arts

What is Tisch Open Arts?

Is it a series of courses that offer you introductory exposure to the arts? Are they courses which will provide you with hands-on experience in the arts? Are they courses that are open to non-majors?

Yes, yes, and yes.

Tisch Open Arts courses are specially designed to give students not majoring in the arts an opportunity to receive foundational knowledge and practical experience in artistic fields such as acting, dance, filmmaking, games, musical theatre writing, performance studies, photography, playwriting, producing, and screenwriting.

IMG_7509These courses, typically only open to NYU undergraduate students during the fall and spring semesters, are open to visiting students during the summer. If you are an NYU undergraduate student, some of these courses also fulfill requirements and electives for Tisch minors.

Now, if you’re ready to explore your passion and ignite your imagination, why don’t you…

Find the funny in you.


Comic Relief
2 units
May 26-July 2
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:20pm
Instructor: Angela Pietropinto

This class is designed for anyone who has an interest in exploring the exciting and deeply human world of comedy. Through the use of playful theater games and the analysis and performing of comedic scenes students are introduced to comedic techniques such as quick change, timing, status, character contradiction, objectives and actions, transforming neurosis and obsession (how to turn lemons into lemonade) and physical comedy. If drama holds a mirror up to life, comedy holds up a magnifying glass. Committing to bold choices is what makes comedy so thrilling and challenging. The exercises employed in this course (many of which have their roots in commedia dell’arte) help participants free their bodies and voices, allowing them to fully commit o ever more vibrant levels of behavior without losing sight of the beautiful human truth at the core of real comedy. Students will analyze and bring to life comedic text from television, movies and theater.


Mirth Making
4 units
July 6-August 15
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:15am -5:30pm
Instructor: Ellis Jones

This course focuses on the study and practical experience of many forms of comedy. Through text analysis, lecture and playful exercises designed to free the imagination students learn how to understand and bring to vibrant life a wide range of comedic material. From the outrageous bawdy plots of ancient Greece, through Shakespeare’s enigmatic clowns to Noel Coward’s crisp one-liners, students will explore style and context, props, timing, and stage “business”. This course is designed to take students on a journey of practical, theatrical, comedic enquiry and engagement. And to be fun. Open Arts is a learning environment open to all students and all majors throughout the University.

See the Big Apple like you’ve never seen it before.

SummerNYC2015_BlogUrban Arts Workshop: New York
4 units
May 26-July 2
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am-1:00pm
Instructor: Scott Bankert

Get a completely new perspective on New York City. See it through the eyes of the artists who make New York their canvas, their stage, their page, their muse. Find out what makes our city a cultural capital of the world as we investigate multiple forms of urban art: street photography, graffiti, sculpture, installation art, dance, performance art, parkour (freestyle street gymnastics), gorilla theater, art vandalism and underground art, urban sound projects, large-scale projections, poetry, essays and short stories – and learn how they express a distinctly urban message to the people who live and visit this great city.


Immerse yourself in the history, the form, the precision and passion of Flamenco.

Steps, Rhythm and Movement: Flamenco
2 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:20pm
Instructor: Najma Harissiadis

Flamenco is a dance of passion, precision and heart. But did you know about Flamenco’s vibrant, multicultural history? Come along on an historical dance journey to explore what makes Flamenco the vital dance that we recognize today. In this class you will explore the dance forms that make up Flamenco – Banjara Gypsy Dance of Rajesthan (India), Zambra Dances of the Sephardic Jews and Moorish influences.

Here are a few more summer course highlights:

Screen Writing Lab: Scene Study
4 units
May 26-July 2
Monday and Thursday, 2-5:00pm
Instructor: Shinho Lee

This class will develop fundamental screenwriting skills through a series of talks and presentations with exercises in scene writing, story development, use of genre, pitching and refining the pitch. Emphasis will be on scene study and story construction, visualization, use of the cut, understanding of movie forms, and presentation of story ideas

Writing the T.V. Sitcom
4 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5:30pm
Instructor: Donald DeMaio

Adapted from the Dramatic Writing Program’s popular “Introduction to the Sitcom” course, this intensive scriptwriting class answers the question, “What do I need to break into TV writing?” – the student will be guided through the step-by-step development of an episode for an ongoing TV sitcom, from premise line to one-page outline, to pages and revisions. The course will require the completion of a polished draft while introducing students to the rigors of professional standards through weekly story goals.

2 units
July 6-August 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am-12:20pm
Instructor: Selina Chau

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Looking into the evolution of ballet from the time of Louis XIV through the present, students will explore the different styles of training and performance presentation through the use of images, video, practice and discussions. Reading assignments will be provided to explain how social changes have affected the development of ballet technique and choreography. A thorough warm-up will be given in each class. The technical content will vary according to the skill level of the class and the individual dancer. Through the instruction of proper alignment and dynamic imagery, students will learn how to dance safely and improve their technical skills effectively. Students are encouraged to study the different styles of ballet and ballet performers around the world. For the final group project, students will choreograph a short ballet that incorporates ballet vocabulary, dance or pedestrian movements and an idea that’s related to today’s society. All levels are welcome. No previous dance experience is required.

Through the Documentary Lens: Contemporary Art
4 units
July 6-August 15
Monday and Wednesday, 6-9:00pm
Instructor: Aviva Slesin

This course explores contemporary fine artists and their work through documentary film. The course covers a variety of perspectives pertaining to both the art world and the techniques and skills of documentary filmmaking. Through weekly screenings of films, class discussions, a few invited guest filmmakers and several visits to museums/galleries, students will explore the evolution of the documentary genre as a means of better understanding art and a form of scholarship. The goal is to expose students to the work of contemporary artists and their creative process.

All Tisch Open Arts course details and schedules are available in the online course directory. You can register to take courses for credit or as noncredit.