Tisch School of the Arts IDBEA Resource Library

Last year, Dean Allyson Green called on the Tisch community to turn the lens upon itself and address all forms of racism, discrimination, and anti-Blackness at Tisch School of the Arts. This call to action included a list of commitments made to strengthen and reaffirm Tisch’s dedication to addressing historical gaps in funding and resources for BIPOC and marginalized students. 

Here you'll find a curated library of resources that honor Tisch’s commitment to "build an expanded library of work across disciplines, centering Black, Indigenous, International, and other Creators of Color, with content for students, faculty and staff to research, add to, and use in curriculum development and Tisch Action goals." Resources were compiled by each department and center texts that address issues of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility (IDBEA). This is by no means an exhaustive list but rather an entry point to dismantling racism and aligning our practices toward the values we celebrate: equity and racial justice.

To request an addition or revision to the library please contact your department administrator or email Adrienne.Henry@nyu.edu


Institute of Performing Arts



Art & Public Policy

A sampling of readings and resources:

adrienne maree brown Dawn Lundy Martin, Letters to the Future Black
Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Women Radical Writing

Joy Harjo Audre Lorde
Layli Long Soldier Toni Morrison
Gloria Anzaldua James Baldwin
June Jordan Paolo Freire
Mahmoud Darwish Nazim Kikmet
Suheir Hamad Jericho Brown
Ocean Vuong Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
Edward Said Cherry Morago
Martin Espada Patrick Rosal
Yesenia Montilla Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ross Gay Alexis De Veaux
Aracelis Girmay Grace Lee Boggs

Sample Selections from syllabi:




Food and Labor:

Remembering Colonialism from Latin America:

Disabilities Studies:



Dislocation and Resistant Memory:

Contemporary Caribbean Art, Curatorial Practices and the Politics of Visibility:

Additional Resources:

Suggested Reading List for incoming students



Books on Racism/Black Experience:

Pedagogy Material:

Articles on Race, Dance & Decolonizing:

On Technology & Social Media:

Books on Coping:


Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice by Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Department of Design for Stage & Film

The Department of Design for Stage and Film has several physical libraries that center the work of BIPOC storytellers. Celebrating Black Voices, which specifically centers Black designers and cultures, was curated and purchased from a Black owned bookstore to provide resources to enhance research for students and faculty. The Department of Design for Stage and Film also has a physical library centered around Native American cultures. 

In addition, The Department of Design for Stage and Film has created a list of 21 Important Plays by Black Playwrights and shared with the whole community. All of the plays on this list have been purchased and added to our library, in support of the writers. The list is updated on a yearly basis.


Archive of Voices: Drama’s Archive of Voices (AOV) is a digital database of creative works from underrepresented voices, populations, viewpoints, and aesthetics. The AOV is a resource for Drama faculty, studios and students, currently listing some 500 sources searchable by criteria that includes author, plot, theme, and geographic, historic, and cultural origins, and more. New materials are added to the database on an ongoing basis. Each year, Drama’s full time faculty are invited to submit suggestions for additional works. A faculty committee is appointed and charged to coordinate the submission process and vet and incorporate new works to the archive. 


Additional Resources from Drama’s Theatre Studies Program:

Graduate Acting

Graduate Acting has a physical lending library available to Grad Acting students on the 5th floor.

A Sampling from that library: 

Belong Letters from Black America
Gone Too Far! The Fat Black Woman's Poems
Off the endz But I'm Not Racist
Early African-American Classics Turn The Tide: Rise Above Toxic, Difficult
Cosmopolitanism Situations in the Workplace
Bu Me Be: Proverbs of the Akans Autism's False Prophets
Blind Spot Gao Zingjian and Transcultural Chinese Theater
Many Moons Citizen
4 Plays by Pedro Calderon Beauty Sex and Power: Art at the Late Stuart
Eight Dramas Pedro Calderon Court 1660-1714
Significant Other: Staging the American In China Bait: 4 Plays from Argentina
Monologues on Black Life Black Plays
Pop Goes the Avant-Garde: Experimental Black Plays: 2
Theatre in Contemporary China Black Plays: 3
Faces of Love Hidden Gems
Is God Is Hidden Gems, Volume II
Love's Witness: Five Centuries of Love Poetry by Women Plays by Mediterranean Women
Black Tudors South Africa Plays
Sleep Deprivation Chamber Theatre in Latin America
Funnyhouse of a Negro Theatre, Performance, and Memory Politics in Argentina
Leading Academic Change Wildefire
Son of Man Posing Beauty: African American Images 1890's to present
Una Marson, Selected Poems Richard Wright: Early Works
Blackta Richard Wright: Later Works
Torn The Heart of Redness

Additional Resources:

Open Arts / Collaborative Arts

The following resources are provided by faculty in Open Arts/Collaborative Arts, gathered from faculty syllabi and professional practice across the disciplines represented in the program.



Frederick Douglass Violeta Luna Paul Chan
Alfredo Jaar Jose Bedia Tomomi Adachi
Shahidul Alam Graciela Iturbide Otomo Yoshihide
Nikki Lee Laura Aguilar Rie Nakajima
Will Wilson Guillermo Gómez-Peña Sainkho Namtchylak
Shirin Neshat Paul Ramírez Jonas Kang Tae Hwang
Wendy Red Star Adrian Piper Vijay Iyer
Sonya Kelliher-Combs Kara Walker Keiji Haino
Fritz Scholder Kerry James Marshall Mel Chin
Michael Belmore Nick Cave Nikki S. Lee
Teri Greeves Carrie Mae Weems Shahzia Sikander
Dana Claxton Julie Mehretu Shirin Neshat
James Luna Renee Cox Laila Shawa
Jaune Quick–to–See Smith Mark Bradford Mona Hatoum
Post-Commodity Jack Whitten Refik Anadol
Nicholas Gallanin Ulysses Dove Sandi Hilal
Merritt Johnson Glenn Ligon Ahmet Öğüt
Ana Mendieta Kehinde Wiley Guerrilla Girls
Alfredo Jaar Rick Lowe Colectivo Cambalache
Tania Bruguera Anthony Braxton Raqs Media Collective
Marta Minujín Abbey Lincoln Colectivo de Acciones de Arte
Lygia Clark Wadada Leo Smith Doual’art
Guillermo Kuitca Roscoe Mitchell Mujeres Creando
Analívia Cordeiro Hazel Scott Mendi & Keith Obadike
Gabriel Orozco George E. Lewis Gran Fury
Victoria Santa Cruz Albert Ayler Grupo Etcetera
Teresa Margolles Ornette Coleman Ala Plastica
Paz Errázuriz Milford Graves Huit Facettes
Tunga Sun Ra Claude Cahun
Maria Marmolejo Cecil Taylor Sarah Wilson
Margarita Azurdia Shinique Smith John Coplans
Polvo de Gallina Negra ruby onyinyechi amanze Nan Goldin
Pedro Reyes Vanessa German Chris Verene
Teresa Burga Lorraine O’Grady Aaron Huey
Cecilia Vicuña Ian Cheng Jessica Dimmock
Coco Fusco Hiroshi Sugimoto Khan's Giselle
Daniel Lind Ramos Maya Lin Catherine Opie
Allora & Calzadilla Anicka Yi Joan E. Biren
Hélio Oiticica Cao Fei Zoe Leonard
Doris Salcedo Hu Jieming Robert Mapplethorpe
Felix Gonzalez-Torres Rirkrit Tiravanija Sheila Pepe
Sharon Hayes Masato Nakamura Alice Sheppard
Mary Ellen Strom David Wojnarowicz Christine Sun Kim
Harmony Hammond Zanele Muholi Mary Duffy
Pauline Oliveros    

Additional Resources:

Performance Studies

Performance Studies faculty have compiled an informative resource page with links to various sites to assist our students and alumni. It can be challenging for students studying performance studies to find specific resources that might not turn up in popular search engines, especially those that can aid in research for a course, project, job, or dissertation. We created this diverse resource as a starting point and hope to expand on it over time.

PS Resource Guide - Performance Studies

Additional Resources:


Institute Of Emerging Media

NYU Game Center

Photography & Imaging


Photography Related

More Readings

Books, Films, and Online Talks (just a few)

Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Music Playlists, Curated by the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

There are far too many BIPOC-themed music playlists and podcasts to mention meaningfully or comprehensively in this space. As an introductory primer, however, you may start with:




  • Aime Cesaire
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Manning Marable
  • Angela Davis
  • Howard Zinn
  • Michael Eric Dyson
  • Arundhati Roy
  • Imani Perry
  • Michael Omi
  • Audre Lorde
  • James Baldwin
  • Michel Foucault
  • Bell Hooks
  • John Foran
  • Naomi Klein
  • Cathy J. Cohen
  • José Esteban Muñoz
  • Paul Gilroy
  • C.L.R James
  • Judith Butler
  • Paulo Freire
  • Cornel West
  • June Jordan
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Edouard Glissant
  • Karl Marx
  • Robin D.G. Kelley
  • Frantz Fanon
  • Kong Tsung-gan
  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore
  • Gloria Anzaldua
  • Lee Edelman
  • Samir Amin


  • Afro-Punk, dir. James Spooner
  • Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, dir. Les Blank 
  • Deep Roots Music (series), dir. Howard Johnson
  • Hip-Hop Evolution (Netflix Series)
  • Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy, dir. Carlos Ortiz
  • Miles Electric: a Different Kind of Blue, dir. By Murray Lerner
  • Nosotros, la musica, dir. By Rogelio Paris
  • Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story, dir. by Jeremy Marre
  • Rock ‘n Roll (10 part PBS documentary by Robert Palmer)
  • Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, dir. Robert Mugge
  • Wattstax, dir. Mel Stuart
  • WildStyle, dir. Charlie Ahearn
  • World According to John Coltrane, dir. Robert Palmer 
  • ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), dir. Questlove
  • 20 Feet from Stardom, dir. Morgan Neville


More Resources


Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies Department Community Screening List, est. June 2020

AS A BODY, the Cinema Studies department has long reckoned with the power of the image. The power to testify, the power to record. The power to preserve, the power to dwell. We know that moving images have captured, and are still capturing, countless struggles against hate, injustice, and greed. If there's a common thread linking the heterogeneous items here, it's that they record some aspect of the insurgent energies--rage, protest, and collectivity--that have made history in the past, and which are bursting to life in the present. The list aims to meet the needs of people who are looking for something different to watch. Something that takes you out of the social media and news reporting zone. It is in no sense an exhaustive list; in fact it’s a work in progress, a starting point in what will surely be a longer process of seeing, listening, sharing, and acting. 

If you’d like to add a title to the list, here’s a Google form for submissions.

Additional reading:

Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing



Articles, Etc:


  • Ahktar, Ayad - The Invisible Hand
  • Alfaro, Luis - The Greek Trilogy
  • Hudes, Quiara Alegría - Water by the Spoonful
  • Fornes, Maria Irene - Plays (includes Mud, The Danube, Sarita, and The Conduct of Life.)
  • Jackson, Michael R -  A Strange Loop
  • Jacobs-Jenkins, Branden - An Octoroon
  • Johnson, C.A. - All the Natalie Portmans
  • Jung, Hansol - Wild Goose Dreams
  • Kushner, Tony- Angels in America
  • Lew, Mike - Teenage Dick 
  • Lopez, Matthew - The Inheritance
  • Love, Donja - one in two
  • McCraney, Tarell Alvin - The Brother/Sister Plays
  • Morisseau, Dominique - The Detroit Project: Three Plays
  • Nguyen, Qui - Vietgone
  • Park, Jiehae - Peerless
  • Piñero, Miguel - Short Eyes: A Play
  • Raffo, Heather - Iraq Plays
  • Raine, Nina - Tribes
  • Vogel, Paula - Indecent
  • Yee, Lauren - Cambodian Rock Band


  • 2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright - directed by Spike Lee, 2016
  • 13th - directed by Ava DuVernay, 2016
  • Crip Camp - directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham, 2020
  • How to Survive a Plague - directed by David France, 2012
  • Immigration Nation - directed by Jacob Hickey and Ben Shackleford, 2011
  • Beyoncé: Lemonade - directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Khalil Joseph, Dikayl Rimmasch, Todd Tourso, Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, and Mark Romanek, 2016 
  • Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement  - directed by Laurens Grant, 2016
  • The Rest I Make Up - directed by Michelle Memran, 2018


Theaters and Writing Groups

TV and Film Fellowships Specifically for Underrepresented Groups:

Theater Prizes

Museums with Good Resource Pages:


Graduate Film Department

Undergraduate Film & Television