Founded (as the Tisch OTHER Showcase) in 2018 by two Tisch alumni -- actress/producer Sharon Freedman and writer/director/producer Kimberlea Kressal -- the annual showcase featured staged excerpts from six original pilots written by underrepresented Tisch alumni writers featuring underrepresented lead characters performed by Tisch alumni actors. Each live staged excerpt was preceded by an accompanying 90-second pilot presentation created by an underrepresented Tisch alumni filmmaker.
The projects were mentored by NYU / Tisch alumni showrunners including Alon Aranya, Gemma Baker, Bridget Bedard, Angelina Burnett, Matthew Carnahan, Jessica Goldberg, Dan Jinks, Glen Mazzara, Danny Rose, Lizzy Weiss, and Nick Wootton. The projects were narrated by notable alumni actors including Elizabeth Alderfer, Wade Allain-Marcus, Malcolm Barrett, Kat Foster, Melissa Fumero, Bryan Greenberg, Haley Joel Osment, Keith Powell, Dewanda Wise, Kristoffer Polaha, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Eloise Mumford. In its inaugural year, the showcase, open only to industry guests, sold out in under three hours -- requiring additional performances in 2019 and prompting the producers to reimagine a more widely accessible format for future years.