2023 TIME100

Thursday, Apr 27, 2023

TIME Magazine released the annual TIME100 list on April 13, 2023, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

TIME Chief Executive Officer Jessica Sibley said: "We are thrilled to recognize this year's list of the world's most influential people. We look forward to convening the TIME100 community—one of the largest leadership communities in the world—to spotlight and hear from individuals who are wielding their influence to drive positive action toward a better world at the TIME100 Summit Featuring TIME CO2 and Gala this month in New York City." 

We are proud to celebrate the Tisch alumni and faculty recognized on this list: Aubrey Plaza '05 (BFA, Drama), Suzan-Lori Parks (Faculty), and Pedro Pascal (Drama). 

See below for more on Tisch in the TIME100 2023 List, and see the full list here.


Aubrey Plaza '05 (BFA, Drama)
Aubrey Plaza '05 (BFA, Drama)

Aubrey Plaza '05 (BFA, Drama) by Amy Poehler

"We are all watching Aubrey Plaza and can’t take our eyes off her. I met Aubrey, a deeply versatile actor and producer, almost 15 years ago on Parks and Recreation, where she played the droll and mischievous intern April Ludgate. I knew two things immediately: I was working with a determined and profoundly talented woman with big plans, and I had met a dear friend for life.

Her work over the past decade has been acutely truthful and always surprising—whether conveying fear-based choices in Emily the Criminal, manic breakdowns in Black Bear, chilly secret keeping in The White Lotus, or whatever big and ballsy swing is up next in Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis.

Aubrey loves an outsider. She roots for the underdog. She befriends the misunderstood. She has learned the glorious freedom that comes from not wanting your approval. But don’t mistake that cool demeanor as ambivalence. She cares deeply about her craft and her friends and has become one of the most interesting actors working today. Plus, she speaks Spanish and can hit a fastball.

We are all watching Aubrey Plaza, but she is watching us. And she is on to you."

Suzan-Lori Parks (Faculty)
Suzan-Lori Parks (Faculty)

Suzan-Lori Parks (Faculty) by Sterling K. Brown '01 (MFA, Graduate Acting)

"When I saw Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer-winning play Topdog/Underdog in 2001, I thought, “This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. If I ever get a chance to work with her, I’ll be in a good place.”

Over a decade later, my time playing Hero in her Odyssey-inspired play Father Comes Home From the Wars confirmed my suspicions. Working with her was an absolute joy—she’s an artist of the highest passion. She puts everything of herself into everything that she does.

Suzan-Lori is a playwright who thrives on collaboration; she’s not trying to force people like pawns on a chessboard. She’s looking for a visceral reaction to her words, and if they don’t fully land, she goes back to the drawing board until those words impact her soul and the souls of her collaborators.

She’s now performing in her pandemic-fueled Plays for the Plague Year, and her musical adaptation of the 1972 film The Harder They Come just had its premiere in February. The theater world knows Suzan-Lori exceptionally well, but the world at large should recognize the genius that she is. She should be a household name."


Pedro Pascal (Drama)
Pedro Pascal (Drama)

Pedro Pascal (Drama) by Sarah Paulson

"Pedro Pascal is the whole motherf-cking deal. Sorry, no other word will do. And I’m not biased, in spite of my knowing for 30 years what you all are just coming to understand about Pedro—I’m not showing off, just simply lucky to have had his phone number my entire adult life. (And no, I won’t give it to you.)

What I will give you is the guarantee that everything you hope he is, HE IS: powerful, soulful, hilarious, goofy, capable of having the deepest conversations, willing to hold your hair back when you’re sick, and in possession of the broadest shoulders to lean on. He is no figment—he’s real. That’s why he has landed so surely in the cosmos, with such shattering force. It isn’t actually his Adonis form you’re responding to. It’s the beauty he carries inside. His interior light burns so bright, it’s simply taken some time for your eyes to adjust. But now that you’ve seen him, you know too. He’s the whole motherf-cking deal."