Tisch School of the Arts
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|New York University Tisch School of the Arts|
|Location||New York City, New York, USA|
|Dean||Mary Schmidt Campbell|
The Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 15 schools that make up New York University. Founded in 1965, Tisch is a centers of study in the performing and media arts. Tisch is a training ground for artists, scholars of the arts, and creative entrepreneurs. The school merges the technical training of a professional school with the academic resources of a major research university to immerse students in their intended artistic disciplines.
Tisch School of the Arts was founded to provide rigorous conservatory training in theatre and film in the context of a research university. The school established itself as one of the leading artistic centers in the country, creating additional departments such as dance, theatre design, and cinema studies within a few short years. In 1982, a gift from Laurence A. and Preston Robert Tisch made possible the acquisition and renovation of 721 Broadway, where most of the school’s programs are housed. In recognition of the generosity of the Tisch family, the school was renamed Tisch School of the Arts.
Departments & programs 
Tisch School of the Arts comprises 5 departments and 17 programs and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Tisch also offers a selection of classes to NYU students not enrolled in any of its programs through the Open Arts curriculum.
The five core departments are:
- The Institute of Performing Arts
- The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
- The Skirball Center for New Media
- The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
- The Department of Art and Public Policy/Arts Politics
The Institute of Performing Arts 
The Institute of Performing Arts comprises six departments and programs whose focus is live performance.
The Graduate Acting Program admits 18 students each year to a rigorous three-year MFA program that equips students with skills that can be applied to the realities of a working career in theatre and film.
The Department of the Dance offers training on the graduate and undergraduate level to students preparing for careers as dancers or choreographers.
The Department of the Design for the the Stage and Film offers a three-year MFA curriculum that prepares students to be professional designers of scenery, costumes, and lighting for the stage and production design for film.
The Department of Drama offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the BFA The program has been designed to include all of the traditional components of conservatory training and theatre study while taking full advantage of the liberal arts resources of the the New York University and the cultural resources of the New York City.
The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program is an MFA program specially designed for the major collaborators in the creation of new musical theatre and opera: composers, lyricists and book writers.
The Department of Performance Studies is a graduate-level scholarly department offering studies in performance — for example, postmodern performance, capoeira, kathakali, Broadway, festival, ballet—using fieldwork, interviews, and archival research, leading to the MA and PhD degrees.
Graduate Acting Program 
The Graduate Acting Program at Tisch School of the Arts has, since its inception in 1966, grown to become one of the most rigorous and celebrated MFA acting programs in the country. Yearly pooling from 900 plus actors, a select 18 are chosen to enter into the incoming class. The program has gained an international reputation for its selectivity and its distinctive conservatory training. The TTSOTAATNYU graduate acting students come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Graduate Acting alumni have gone onto various careers in the arts. Some of these alumni include Debra Messing, Nina Arianda, Billy Crudup, Florencia Lozano, Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Kevin Carroll, Barry Bostwick, John Conlee, Daniel Dae Kim, Bruce Davison, Garret Dillahunt, Jeffrey Donovan, Aunjanue Ellis, Frankie R. Faison, Edi Gathegi, Jordan Gelber, Matthew Gray Gubler, Christopher Guest, Marcia Gay Harden, Jason Butler Harner, Mary Beth Hurt, Marin Hinkle, Neal Huff, Glenn Kessler, Tony Kushner, Eriq La Salle, Ron Lagomarsino, Camryn Manheim, Logan Marshall Green, Michael Mayer, John C. McGinley, Idina Menzel, Ntare Mwine, Danny Pino, Josh Radnor, Taylor Schilling, Ben Shenkman, Maggie Siff, Rocco Sisto, Enver Gjokaj, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Daniel Sunjata, Sean Patrick Thomas, Robin Weigert, Saul Williams, Jeff Whitty, Victor Williams, Rainn Wilson, Frank Wood, David Zabel, Daniel Zelman, Navi Rawat, Steve Kazee, and Vince Gilligan.
Department of Dance 
The Department of Dance is fashioned in a conservatory style and is extremely selective; on average, thirty dancers are selected per graduating class. The previous director, Linda Tarnay, was a dancer in the Martha Graham Company and all of the teachers have performing experience with companies from around the world, such as Houston Ballet, Merce Cunningham's Company, and American Ballet Theatre, among others. Many of the faculty have their own companies independent of the dance department, which serve as a springboard to larger companies for many students immediately following graduation.
In the past, famous choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, Nacho Duato, Jessica Lang, Deborah Jowitt, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Alonzo King have set their pieces and created original works specifically for Tisch Dance students.
The program strives to prepare students for the rigorous life of a dancer, preparing them by treating their third year students as a company, also known as the Second Avenue Dance Company. Students graduate in three years, hence the difficult schedule which is accelerated in order for dancers to graduate earlier than their peers in other college dance programs. Because of brevity of the three-year program, students attend a six-week summer course following their first and second years. During these summer intensives, six different companies come in a week each and teach students their style of movement. This is an excellent way for students to be introduced to companies and have the chance to get noticed and get to know the different companies in an intimate setting. This is unique to the Tisch Dance Program, and is conducive to introducing dancers into the real world of auditions and jobs as soon as possible. Also, a select group of second year students have the chance to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria in lieu of attending the summer program.
Department of Drama 
Founded in 1974, the Department of Drama is one of the world's largest undergraduate drama departments; approximately 1400 students are matriculated there. According to the undergraduate drama department's literature, "the program in drama places equal emphasis on rigorous conservatory training and comprehensive theatre study in the most exciting and creative city in the world: New York." The head of the department is Louis Scheeder.
Over 100 shows are produced each year in the program including main stage shows, studio related projects, directing projects, and student-run black box productions. The most significant performance spaces are the Skirball Center, Frederick Loewe Theatre, the Abe Burrows Theatre, and the Robert Moss Theater. Unlike most conservatories where casting is assigned and each class serves as an individual company, casting at NYU's undergraduate level is open to any student in his or her second, third, and fourth year of training.
Conservatory training 
The cornerstone of the program is the professional training component. Drama's professional program is a network of studios, each teaching an exclusive approach to the craft. Students train intensively in one of seven studios in a working environment composed of 12 to 18 students. Students train intensely for three full days a week, and a typical drama student can expect to spend more than 45 hours a week in class and rehearsal. All incoming actors are placed in a primary studio where they must train for the first two years before going on to an advanced studio. Students are divided and placed into these different studios, based on their audition, interview, and personal preference.
After their first two years of education, undergraduate actors have the ability engage in an internship or to audition for an advanced studio. Placement in these programs is open only to juniors and seniors and acceptance is offered only after a successful artistic review.
The studios that offer both primary and advanced training are the Atlantic Acting School, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Experimental Theatre Wing, the Meisner Studio, the New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre & Acting, the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, the Production & Design Studio, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute while the studios offering only advanced training are the Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop and the Classical Studio.
Theater studies 
All students must take a minimum of seven theater studies courses. The first two are introductory courses: Introduction to Theater Studies (ITS) and Introduction to Theater Production (ITP). To fulfill the rest of their theater studies requirements, students can choose from dozens of upper level theater studies courses, with topics ranging from avant-garde to Broadway, or from classical texts to modern American drama. There are also a series of honors seminars in theater studies, with varying topics from semester to semester.
Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television 
The Department of Film and Television is an undergraduate and graduate program that trains students in cinematic storytelling.
The Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing trains undergraduate and graduate students to write for theatre, film and television.
The Interactive Telecommunications Program is a center for the study and design of new communication media forms and applications.
The Department of Photography and Imaging is an undergraduate program that cultivates a critical understanding and technical mastery of photography and creative imaging.
Department of Film and Television 
The Department of Film and Television is composed of the Undergraduate Film and Television program and the Graduate Film program. The mission of the Undergraduate Film and Television program is to educate undergraduates in the art, craft, and technology of film, television, animation, and sound production. The program offers intensive hands-on production experience coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal arts.
The Graduate Film program, offered in New York and Singapore, is an intensive three-year conservatory which trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling. It focuses on helping filmmakers develop a narrative voice and the technical virtuosity to express that voice. Students learn by doing screenwriting, directing, producing, crewing, and shooting on each other's projects. Students of the Graduate Film program leave with a minimum of five short films and a Masters of Fine Arts degree.
Both programs offer courses in fiction and documentary filmmaking. Each semester, utilizing the many resources of the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, students take courses in screenwriting, directing, aesthetics, acting, cinematography, editing, producing, and sound design. These courses complement specific filmmaking projects that provide hands-on training and practical experience. By graduation, they have a range of technical skills that allow them to create opportunities for themselves in the industry.
Notable alumni include Michael Arndt, Joel Coen, Chris Columbus, Billy Crystal, Marc Forster, Ang Lee, Amy Heckerling, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Lee, Todd Phillips, Brett Ratner, Andy Samberg, Martin Scorsese, M. Night Shyamalan, Todd Solondz, Morgan Spurlock, Oliver Stone, and many others.
Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing 
The Department of Dramatic Writing provides instruction in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for television. Graduate and undergraduate students attend workshops across narrative disciplines, exchange ideas, and work with faculty members and peers to craft well-structured stories inhabited by compelling characters. The first-year curriculum provides young writers with a working knowledge of the basic dramatic elements. Students then declare a concentration in playwriting, screenwriting, or writing for television. Upon graduation, students of all three disciplines have fulfilled a professional body of work.
Recent alumni include Pulitzer Prize nominated playwrights Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) and Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty); television writers Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), Donald Glover (Community), Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show), Jessica Conrad (Saturday Night Live), Dan Gregor (How I Met Your Mother), and Brendan Hay (The Simpsons); screenwriters Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), DC Pierson (Mystery Team), and Evgenia Peretz (Our Idiot Brother) and many others. Winner of the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship was Dramatic Writing graduate James DiLapo. In the last five years, the department has graduated eight winners of the Nickelodeon, NBC, and CBS writing fellowships. Other exhalted alumni and former professors in the department are Tony Kushner (Lincoln) and Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me).
The faculty of the department includes Charlie Rubin (Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live), Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), Jeremy Pikser (Bulworth, War, Inc.), Bryan Goluboff (In Treatment), and Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding). The current chair of the department is Richard Wesley.
Interactive Telecommunications Program 
The Interactive Telecommunications Program is a graduate department focused on the study and design of new media, computational media and embedded computing under the umbrella of interactivity.
Founded in 1979, the origins of the program date back to 1971 when George Stoney and Red Burns created the Alternate Media Center (AMC). ITP grew out of the work of the AMC, and set the stage for the experimentation which would follow as well as the informing spirit of collaboration, and the ongoing emphasis on crafting social applications and putting the needs of the user first. A center for application development and field trials, the AMC initially focused on exploring the then-new tool of portable video made possible by Sony's introduction of the Portapak video camera.
Burns and her colleagues at the AMC came from backgrounds in documentary film and traditional media—they shared a vision for a freely accessible, grass-roots technology which would enable users to create their own documentaries and distribute them widely. They lobbyed Congress for the creation of what is now public-access television and significant field trials for two-way television in community settings, the use of teletext in major urban centers and communications technologies for the developmentally disabled.
Burns believed that a graduate course of study was needed to train creative, forward thinking, ethical new media developers for what she saw would be a new and growing field. With the founding Chair, Martin Elton, at the helm, the first 20 graduate students entered the program in 1979. In 1983 Burns turned her full attention from AMC to ITP and was appointed Chair of the department, taking over from then Chair Mitchell Moss, a position she has held until she stepped down in 2011. She holds the title of Chief Collaborations Officer at ITP. In 1996, she was awarded the Tokyo Broadcasting Systems Chair. Under her leadership the department has become a center for scholars and practitioners to engage new technologies and put them in the hands of media-makers.
Michael Mills, former full-time faculty member of ITP, went on to Apple Computer. He contributed to the group that developed the original prototypes that later became QuickTime. Current ITP chair Dan O'Sullivan, during his student years, served as an intern at Apple and created the prototype for the first navigable interactive video movies—a parallel effort to what was going on in ATG's 3-D graphics group at the time. O'Sullivan also introduced the first widely used interactive television application in NYC, produced and broadcast directly from ITP by way of Manhattan Cable Public Access.
Industry leaders, artists and visionaries who have lectured at ITP over the years include Chairman and CEO of R/Greenberg Associates Digital Studios Robert M. Greenberg, musician and pioneer of immersive virtual reality Jaron Lanier, multimedia artist Vito Acconci, multimedia artist & musician Laurie Anderson, Ethernet creator Bob Metcalfe, CEO of New York Times Digital Martin Nisenholtz, artist Toshio Iwai, and Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger of Antenna Design.
Current ITP faculty members are known for their contributions to the new media field -- Daniel Rozin, Chrysler Design Award-Winning Artist in Residence, has had his work shown in major museums around the world, most recently at the Israel Museum; Dan O'Sullivan and Tom Igoe published a text on physical computing; Jean-Marc Gauthier is the author of several books on interactive 3D applications, and his art installations have been seen internationally; Douglas Rushkoff and Clay Shirky are widely published critics, authors and journalists; Marianne Petit is an artist known for her interactive stories and her work in assistive technologies and social applications; Red Burns has served on many boards and is regularly an invited speaker at industry events—she is also the recipient of a Chrysler Design Award, for "Design Champion," a leadership award from the New York Hall of Science, the educator award from the Art Directors Club, Crain's All Star Award, the NYC Mayor's Award for science and technology and was the first recipient of the Matrix Award.
The online magazine Digital Performance describes ITP as
"An oversized Greenwich Village loft houses the computer labs, rotating exhibitions, and production workshops that are ITP — the Interactive Telecommunications Program. Founded in 1979 as the first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP has grown into a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds. A hands-on approach to experimentation, production and risk-taking make this hi-tech fun house a creative home not only to its 230 students, but also to an extended network of the technology industry’s most daring and prolific practitioners."
Department of Photography and Imaging 
The Department of Photography and Imaging teaches students how to make and understand images, while exploring photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Studies include both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum that consists of studio/production and photo history and criticism and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts. The department embraces multiple perspectives, and students work in virtually all modes of photo-based image-making, using both analog and digital technologies. Students take courses in studio/production, photo history and criticism, liberal arts, and elective areas.
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music 
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (ReMu) trains undergraduates in the production, business, and history of popular music, with a special focus on creative music entrepreneurship in pop, rock, r&b, and hip hop. It is the only department at any university to offer a BFA degree in Recorded Music.
ReMu was established in 2003 on a $5 million donation from music executive Clive Davis, an NYU alumnus. Initially, the program was designed to educate those who wished to produce and market recordings—as Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell explained to The New York Times, "The basic premise of the department is that recorded music is an art form separate and distinct from live music, that the creative producer who identifies and oversees the construction of the artist's image is as much artist as the person who creates the music." But with the growing financial instability of established record labels and the trend towards democratization in the creation and distribution of music, the program shifted focus to fostering creative entrepreneurs.
The program is led by Chair Jeff Rabhan, an artist manager and former music industry executive, and by journalist/cultural critic Jason King who serves as the program's Artistic Director and helped launch the program. Other faculty include the department's original chair Jim Anderson, a sound engineer; Jonathan Finegold, the former A&R Director at Island Records and founder of Fine Gold Music, a consulting company; Errol Kolosine, former General Manager of Astralwerks; hip-hop producer/mixer Bob Power; recording artist/producer Richard Barone, and rock critic Robert Christgau.
Notable alumni include Carter Matschullat, who founded indie label Dovecote Records while a student, and Bo Pericic of the trance duo Filo & Peri. MBK Entertainment/RCA Recording artist Elle Varner also graduated from the department.
Skirball Center for New Media 
The Skirball Center for New Media includes the Department of Cinema Studies, and the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program. The MIAP program is a two-year graduate program, founded and led by Howard Besser, during which students study and prepare for careers in moving image archiving and preservation. The Department of Cinema Studies has both graduate and undergraduate programs, and is chaired by Richard Allen.
Tisch School of the Arts, Asia 
NYU's first branch campus abroad was the result of a partnership with Singapore Government agencies under Singapore's Global Schoolhouse program. Tisch Asia was also Singapore’s first graduate arts school and offered Master of Fine Arts degrees in animation and digital arts, dramatic writing, film and international media producing. Summer programs included professional workshops and non-credit certificate courses.
The campus opened in fall 2007 on the former Ministry of Education & Republic Polytechnic grounds at 3 Kay Siang Road, Singapore, with the intention to enroll approximately 250 students. The anticipated enrolment figures were not achieved, financial irregularities were alleged and Tisch Asia President Pari Sara Shirazi was dismissed from her post by NYU in November 2011. She subsequently announced her decision to commence legal proceedings in the New York State Supreme Court against her former employers alleging wrongful termination and defamation.
In a letter to the Tisch Asia community dated 8 November 2012, Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell announced that the campus would close after 2014 with recruitment and admission of new students suspended with immediate effect. While celebrating the creative and academic achievements at the Singapore campus, she cited financial challenges as the reason for the closure decision. Schmidt-Campbell pledged that NYU would honour commitments to existing students and staff. The letter quoted support from Singapore's Economic Development Board stating that it remained open to future collaboration with NYU.
See also 
- Laurence Tisch
- List of NYU Tisch People
- Tisch School of the Arts alumni
- List of New York University People
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