List of NYU Tisch School of the Arts people

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These are the following people who have attended and/or graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


Academy Award winners
Mahershala Ali Actor M.F.A., 2000[1] Academy Award 2017
Woody Allen Actor, writer, director TSOA[note 1] Academy Award 1978, Annie Hall; (1986) Hannah and her Sisters; (2012), Midnight in Paris
James L. Brooks Producer Coursework Academy Award 1984, Terms of Endearment
John Canemaker Director M.F.A., 1976 Academy Award 2006, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
Joel Coen Director, producer, screenwriter, editor B.F.A., 1978 Academy Award 1997, Fargo; (2001), No Country For Old Men (3 Oscars: Screenplay, Director, Picture)
Geoffrey Fletcher Screenwriter M.F.A., 1999 Academy Award 2010, Precious
Whoopi Goldberg Actress TSOA Academy Award 1991, Ghost
Marcia Gay Harden Actress M.F.A., 1981 Academy Award 2001, Pollock
Anne Hathaway Actress Coursework[note 1] Academy Award 2013, Les Misérables
Lora Hirschberg Sound mixer B.F.A., 1985 Academy Awards 2010, Inception
Philip Seymour Hoffman Actor B.F.A., 1989 Academy Award 2006, Capote
Angelina Jolie Actress TSOA, 1997[note 1] Academy Award 2000, Girl, Interrupted
Ang Lee Director M.F.A. Academy Award 2006, Brokeback Mountain

Academy Award 2013, Life of PI

Ken Perlin Professor at TSOA Ph.D. 1986 Academy Award 1997, for the development of Perlin noise
Martin Scorsese Director B.A., 1964; M.F.A., 1966[2] Academy Award 2007, The Departed
Oliver Stone Director B.F.A., 1971[3] Academy Award 1979, Midnight Express; (1987), Platoon; (1990), Born on the Fourth of July
Paul Francis Webster Composer 1928-1930[note 1] Academy Award 1953, Secret Love
Emmy Award winners
Woody Allen Director NYU[note 1] Emmy Award (1957)
Alec Baldwin Actor B.F.A., 1994 Emmy Award (2008), 30 Rock
Billy Crystal Actor, Writer B.F.A., 1970 Emmy Award, (1991, 1992, 1998), Academy Awards
Vince Gilligan Head writer, creator B.F.A, 1989 Emmy Award (2013), Breaking Bad
Felicity Huffman Actress B.F.A., 1988 Emmy Award (2005), Desperate Housewives
David Javerbaum Head writer M.F.A., 1995 Emmy Award (2003), (2004), (2005) The Daily Show
Kristen Johnston Actress B.F.A. Emmy Award (1997) (1999), 3rd Rock From the Sun
Tony Kushner Playwright M.F.A., 1984 Emmy Award (2004), Angels in America
Damon Lindelof Head writer, co-creator B.F.A., 1995 Emmy Award (2005), Lost
Camryn Manheim Actress M.F.A., 1987 Emmy Award (1998), The Practice
Debra Messing Actress M.F.A., 1993 Emmy Award (2003), Will and Grace
Michael D. Ratner Director, Producer M.F.A., 2014 Emmy Award (2014), The Lineup: Sports Movies[4]
Andy Samberg Actor B.F.A., 2000 Emmy Award (2007), D*ck in a Box
Jeffrey Wright Actor M.F.A.[note 1] Emmy Award (2004), Angels in America
Donald Glover Rapper, Actor, Comedian, God Emmy Award (2016), Atlanta
Tony Award winners
Nina Arianda Actress M.F.A. Tony Award (2012), Venus in Fur
Billy Crudup Actor M.F.A., 1994 Tony Award (2007), The Coast of Utopia
Nikki M James Actress,singer B.F.A Tony Award (2011) The Book Of Mormon
Steve Kazee Actor M.F.A. Tony Award (2012), Once
Tony Kushner Playwright M.F.A., 1984 Tony Award (1994), Angels in America: Perestroika
Idina Menzel Actress, singer, songwriter B.F.A. Tony Award (2004), Wicked
Donna Murphy Actress, singer 1977–1979 Tony Award (1994), Passion; (1996), The King and I
Mel Shapiro Director, writer Founding member Tony Award (1972), Two Gentlemen of Verona
Neil Simon Playwright 1944-1945[note 1] Tony Award (1965), The Odd Couple; (1985), Biloxi Blues; (1991) Lost in Yonkers
Jeffrey Wright Actor M.F.A.[note 1] Tony Award (1994), Angels in America: Perestroika
Other notable alumni
Cynthia Addai-Robinson Actress B.F.A., 2002 Spartacus, Arrow
Raymond Arroyo Journalist, author B.F.A. EWTN news director and anchor
Annie Baker Playwright B.F.A. Body Awareness
Kristen Bell Actress B.F.A., 2002[note 1] Veronica Mars, Reefer Madness, Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Julie Benz Actress B.F.A., 1994 Jawbreaker, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
Selma Blair Actress Coursework[note 1] The Fog, Cruel Intentions, Scream 2, Hellboy
Justin Blanchard Actor B.F.A., 2001 Journey's End (Broadway), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Alexis Bledel Actress B.F.A.[note 1] Gilmore Girls, Sin City
Barry Bostwick Actor TSOA, 1968 Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City
Martin Brest Director B.F.A., 1973 Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black, Gigli
James L. Brooks Producer Coursework[note 1] The Simpsons
Rachel Brosnahan Actress B.F.A. 2012 House of Cards, Manhattan
Salvador Carrasco Director B.F.A., 1991 The Other Conquest
Susan Cartsonis President of Wind Dance Films
Frank Coraci Director B.F.A., 1988 The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Click
Bud Cort Actor 1967-1969[note 1] M*A*S*H, Harold and Maude
Billy Crudup Actor M.F.A., 1994 Sleepers, Big Fish, Watchmen
Billy Crystal Actor, filmmaker B.F.A., 1970 Analyze This, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally
Julie Delpy Actress TSOA Directing Program Before Sunrise, Homo Faber, Three Colors: White
Joel Derfner Composer, author M.F.A., 1999 Signs of Life, Blood Drive, Swish
Amanda Detmer Actress M.F.A.
Lisa Edelstein Actress House M.D
Kathryn Erbe Actress B.F.A. 1989 Oz, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Grapes of Wrath, The Father
Raúl Esparza Actor B.F.A. Tick, Tick... BOOM!, Taboo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Company
Nicolas Falacci Creator, producer, writer B.F.A., 1981 Numb3rs
Jack Falahee Actor B.F.A., 2011 How to Get Away with Murder
Wayne Federman Comedian, actor, writer B.F.A. Legally Blonde, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The X-Files
Bridget Fonda Actress B.F.A., 1986[5] Doc Hollywood, Jackie Brown
Marc Forster Director 1990-1993[note 1] Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace
James Franco Actor, director, writer M.F.A., 2011[6] Spider-Man trilogy, Pineapple Express, 127 Hours
John Fusco Screenwriter B.F.A., 1986 Young Guns, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, Forbidden Kingdom
Melissa Gallo Actress B.F.A., 2003 One Life to Live
Donald Glover Rapper, Actor "Community", "The Martian", "Because the Internet", "Atlanta"
Gina Gershon Actress B.F.A., 1983 The Insider, Showgirls
Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros Playwright, actress co-author of the Pulitzer Prize drama nominee Omnium Gatherum
Matthew Gray Gubler Actor, film director B.F.A., 2002 Criminal Minds, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, (500) Days of Summer
Richard W. Haines Feature film producer, director; film historian B.F.A., 1979
Michael C. Hall Actor M.F.A., 1996 Six Feet Under, Dexter, The Game
Wood Harris Actor M.F.A., 1983 Above The Rim
Anne Hathaway Actress Coursework[note 1] The Princess Diaries, Rachel Getting Married
Ethan Hawke Writer, actor Coursework[note 1] Great Expectations, Snow Falling on Cedars, Training Day
Amy Heckerling Director B.F.A., 1976 Look Who's Talking, Loser, Clueless
Antony Hegarty Musician, visual artist B.F.A., 1992 Swanlights, The Crying Light, UK Mercury Prize 2005, I Am A Bird Now
Todd Holoubek Actor B.F.A., 2002
Winnie Holzman Playwright, screenwriter, producer M.F.A., 1984 Wicked (musical), My So-Called Life, thirtysomething, Once and Again
Bryce Dallas Howard Actress B.F.A. 2003 Jurassic World, The Help, Spiderman 3
Shawn Michael Howard Actor, producer B.F.A., 1992 Above the Rim, Boycott
Neal Huff Actor M.F.A. Take Me Out, The Little Dog Laughed
Joe Iconis Composer, lyricist, librettist B.M., 2003; M.F.A., 2005 The Black Suits, Jonathan Larson Award 2006, Kleban Award 2007
Jim Jarmusch Director Coursework[note 1] Night on Earth
Max Jenkins Actor, writer B.F.A., 2007 The Mysteries of Laura, High Maintenance
Tamara Jenkins Writer, director M.F.A., 1994 Slums of Beverly Hills, The Savages
Jeffrey Katzenberg Producer, co-founder of DreamWorks Coursework[note 1] Shrek
Daniel Dae Kim Actor M.F.A., 1996 Lost, Hawaii Five-0
Stanley Kramer Film producer B.F.A., 1993 High Noon, Cyrano de Bergerac
Peter Krause Actor M.F.A., 1990 Sports Night, Six Feet Under
Martin Kunert Writer, director, producer B.F.A. Campfire Tales, MTV Fear, Voices of Iraq
Eriq La Salle Actor B.F.A. ER
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta Musician, actress, singer-songwriter B.F.A Grammy Awards 2010 (2 Grammys), Grammy Awards 2011 (3 Grammys), Grammy Awards 2015 (1 Grammy) and Golden Globe Awards 2016 (1 Golden Globe)
Fredric LeBow Screenwriter M.F.A., 1970 While You Were Sleeping
Spike Lee Actor, writer, director, producer MFA
Thomas Lennon Actor, screenwriter B.F.A., 1992 Reno 911, Night At The Museum
Bai Ling Actress, model 1991
Zoe Lister-Jones Actress, playwright, screenwriter B.A. The Little Dog Laughed
Katie Lowes Actress B.F.A, 2002 Scandal
Darnell Martin Director M.F.A. Cadillac Records
Jesse L. Martin Actor M.F.A., 1989 Law and Order, RENT
Mary Stuart Masterson Actress Coursework[note 1] Dogtown
mc chris Musician, writer, comedian
John C. McGinley Actor B.F.A. Scrubs, Platoon, Talk Radio
Patrick McGuinn Director, musician
Sally Menke Editor B.F.A. 1979 Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs
Kate Mulgrew Actress A.A., 1976 Star Trek: Voyager, "Orange Is the New Black"
Jules and Gedeon Naudet Documentary filmmakers 1995[7] 9/11, In God's Name
Karen O Vocalist Singer for indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Jerry O'Connell Actor B.F.A., 1995 Crossing Jordan, Mission to Mars
Elizabeth Olsen Actress B.F.A. 2013 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Haley Joel Osment Actor B.F.A., 2011 The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, A.I., Forrest Gump
Dean Parisot Director B.F.A., 1979 Fun with Dick and Jane, Galaxy Quest
Ethan Peck Actor B.F.A. 10 Things I Hate About You, Passport to Paris
Todd Phillips Director, screenwriter B.F.A., 1994 Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, The Hangover
Derek Pike Director B.F.A., 2010
Matt Pizzolo Director, writer, producer Coursework[note 1] Threat
Aubrey Plaza Actress B.F.A Parks and Recreation, April Ludgate
Keith Powell Actor B.F.A., 2001 30 Rock
Brett Ratner Director B.F.A., 1991 Rush Hour, Red Dragon
Fred Ritchin Writer former New York Times editor
Gala Rizzatto Singer Freed from Desire
James Roday Actor B.F.A. Psych
Daisy Rosario Actor, comedian, journalist B.F.A. Latino USA, Mic's Future Pefect
Adam Sandler Actor, comedian, producer B.F.A., 1988 Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy, Funny People
Stephanie Sengupta Writer, producer M.F.A., 1999 Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Reign, Law & Order, The Good Wife
M. Night Shyamalan Writer, director B.F.A., 1992 The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Happening
Steven Sills Screenwriter B.F.A., 1993 Sinner
Morgan Spurlock Director B.F.A., 1993 Supersize Me
Miles Teller Actor B.F.A., 2009 Whiplash, Divergent series, The Spectacular Now
Maura Tierney Actress Coursework[note 1] ER, News Radio, Primary Colors
John Waters Director Coursework[note 1] Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Serial Mom
Chandra Wilson Actress B.F.A., 1991 Grey's Anatomy
Mara Wilson[8] Actress B.F.A., 2009 Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, Miracle On 34th Street
Rainn Wilson Actor M.F.A., 1989 Six Feet Under, The Office
Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo Director B.F.A., 2002 Pâté, After.Life
Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett Musician B.F.A., 2005 Member of girl group Danity Kane
Doug Wright Playwright TSOA, 1987 Winner, 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


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  2. ^ "Martin Scorsese biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oliver Stone biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "New York Emmy Winners" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Bridget Fonda biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Shari (May 18, 2011). "James Franco graduates from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a master's degree in filmmaking". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sherrow, Rita (2011-09-11). "Documentary filmmakers captured moments of 9/11 tragedy". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  8. ^ Ghert-Zand, Renee (April 18, 2012). "Mara Wilson Hated Being a Movie Star". The Forward.