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Welcome from Mark Wing-Davey, Chair 

So, you want to be part of the NYU Tisch Grad Acting Program? Good. We’re pleased. We’re proud of our program. We think it’s one of the best in the United States, maybe even in the world. Don’t though be daunted by that. Unsurprisingly, we are not looking for fully-rounded expert actors. Why would we train them, if they’re already fully-rounded experts?

If you are a young passionate hard-working actor, whatever your background and personal circumstances, who wants to have not just a career but a life as an artist — in the theater, in film, in TV, in emerging theatrical media, in fact wherever an embodiment of what it’s like to be human is needed — then we are looking for you.

We’re looking for people however whose artistic ambitions lie beyond themselves, who enjoy or imagine they’ll enjoy being part of a company. We select each year group, each mix of highly talented individuals with that company model in mind. They work together, enhance each other’s time at Tisch, and emerge strong and confident, secure that their bedrock experience in Grad Acting will sustain them and their peers for whatever early or late successes the business has in store.

The training here is an exhilarating mix of the monastic and the outgoing. You are studied minutely in all those aspects that make up the total actor: sense of selfhood and sense of the other, technique and imagination, discipline and freedom. You engage with New York City in all its diversity, both passively and actively (some of the early exercises involve studying people within the wider community). As you develop your inner and outer “eye,” nourished by observation, individual experience, and sheer daring, you will be weaned from the copied “performance” (perhaps the very thing that inspired you to act in the first place) and freed to create your own original and nuanced interpretations that serve the theatrical event.

Have a look through the rest of the website and see whether our program seems like a good fit for you. Remember that, whilst we on the fifth floor of 721 Broadway are admittedly a tight-knit group, we’re also hungry for the change that each new member of that group inevitably makes to it and to the three-year journey that is the Graduate Acting Program.

We won’t teach you how to act. But we will help you to develop, to expand what you know you already have and, crucially, what you don’t know you already have.

Good luck,

Mark Wing-Davey
Chair, Graduate Acting Program


"Our mission is to send robust, curious, resourceful, engaged artisans out into the world, actors who will combine their own identities and passions with their intense training to reveal the complexities of the 21st Century universe to a vast audience. We graduate actor/citizens who will invent the future."

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Mark Wing-Davey

Chair, Graduate Acting Program