Spring at Tisch - Acting

Explore the Actor’s Craft and Deepen Your Performance Skills

Acting for the Stage and Screen is the Tisch Open Arts Studio designed for visiting students and NYU non-drama majors interested in exploring actor training in a conservatory-style environment. Through master classes in movement, voice production, games/improv, clowning and scene study, students develop a deeper understanding of the acting process and what it means to work as a creative ensemble. Under the guidance of Tisch performance faculty, students gain physical and vocal freedom and broaden their knowledge of dramatic text. On-camera acting classes help students hone their craft in front of the camera. The semester-long studio experience culminates in a final showing of ensemble performance work and scene presentations for invited guests. 

Program Overview

Acting for the Stage and Screen meets three full days per week under the guidance of founding director Angela Pietropinto (professional actor, teacher and Tisch alumna) and Tisch faculty from across the performing arts professions. Students register for a full-time spring semester consisting of 12-18 units. Course load includes core curriculum (6-8 units) and additional companion courses.

"I kind of wanted to just dive in deep training-wise, and Spring at Tisch for me provided that opportunity." — Shanice Stanislaus, Open Arts Studio, Spring 2016



Core Curriculum

Acting for the Stage and Screen

OART-UT 1916 | 8 units

Areas of study in Acting for the Stage and Screen include movement, voice production, games/improv, clowning, scene study, and film production.

In scene study classes you will discover the importance of text analysis and staying in the moment, and the need for selecting strong objectives, formidable obstacles, varied actions, and meaningful personalizations. The Alexander technique and teachings of Linklater is used in voice production. The movement component includes yoga, circus, and the teachings of Laban.

The second half of the semester aims to integrate the movement, voice production, games/improvisation, scene study, and film production techniques and apply them to your scenes. The director and instructors collaborate to utilize all of the training to bring the dramatic and comic text to life.



Spring 2019

Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5:00pm ET.

Spring at Tisch: Acting for the Stage and Screen is open to full-time matriculated undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from other colleges and universities, as well as non-drama majors at NYU.

You must not be on academic or disciplinary probation. 

*Students who are on a leave of absence at the time of their application must have a representative of their school (e.g. an academic advisor) state via e-mail to tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu that they are presently on good academic and disciplinary standing with their school.

*Students taking a gap year in-between high school and college are not eligible. 

More admissions and application information available here.

PLEASE NOTE: An audition is required. NYC-based applicants can audition in person; those unable to audition in the city may audition via Skype. You will receive information regarding audition sign-up once your Spring at Tisch application is submitted.

Current NYU students: If you have enrolled in any college-level acting class or you have equivalent experience, be in touch with the Director of the Acting Studio, Angela Pietropinto (ap13@nyu.edu). to receive a permission code to register for the 8-point studio. In some cases, a meeting/audition may be required.

Audition Information:

Please prepare 1 monologue, around 2 minutes in length.  It should be from a play that speaks to you - you either love or hate the message that the playwright is communicating.  The character should be age-appropriate.

A note from Angela Pietropinto, director of Spring at Tisch: Acting for the Stage and Screen: "The audition is NOT A TEST, but a way for us to get to know each other and how I will be working with you in our Scene Study Class."

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2019

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $25,914

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,286

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for more information (including price updates) on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Tisch does not have direct scholarships for visiting students. We do encourage visiting students to consult with their home institutions about portable financial assistance such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and educational PLUS loans. The student's home institution processes these loans, which are typically applied to their NYU program via a consortium agreement. This agreement is initiated by the student at his or her home school's financial aid office, which in turn forwards the consortium form to New York University, Office of Financial Aid, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (212) 998-4444. NYU's Office of Financial Aid then confirms the student's acceptance to the program, registration, and the costs of attendance, and returns the agreement to the home institution.

To determine the amount and type of aid available, the home institution compares the costs of attending with the student's individual financial circumstances. We encourage students seeking aid to begin the financial aid process with their home school immediately after being notified of acceptance as the steps involved take a great deal of time. 

There may be additional fees depending on the courses you register for. These may include, but are not limited to, lab, insurance, and projection fees.

Housing and Meal Plans

Spring at Tisch students have the option of staying in NYU housing or living off-campus in one of the exciting neighborhoods in New York City. Meal Plans are also optional. NYU offers both traditional dorms and apartment-style residence halls; accommodations and fees vary. Details about housing options will be emailed to accepted students. Because residence hall space is at a premium, Spring at Tisch students are urged to make their NYU housing arrangements as early as possible.  Learn more about NYU Housing and Meal Plans.

Health Insurance

All eligible registered Spring at Tisch students must maintain health insurance comparable to the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. International students are automatically enrolled in the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Comprehensive Plan, unless students complete the online enrollment/waiver process before the semester deadline to either maintain other insurance coverage that meets the University's criteria, or to downgrade to the Basic Plan. For additional information on health insurance costs and regulations, please contact the Student Health Insurance Services Office located at 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9580; telephone: (212) 443-1020; http://www.nyu.edu/shc/about/insurance.html