Holding Breath


A 24-Hour Online Community Care Experience

As part of Community Week, Tisch Drama, Open Arts, and colleagues at NYU's Gallatin and Steinhardt Schools will present Holding Breath.

In a moment when there is so much to care about and so much care needed, where can we gather for care? Holding Breath is a facilitated online experience where care can be shared, collected, and held with others. Enter an online room, locate your breath in relation to others, find a collective rhythm, express a response, and gather your breath yet again. Curiosity and a generous spirit are all that’s needed. Holding Breath will unfold over a 24-hour period starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, and ending at 7 a.m. October 23. Choose a 15-minute block of time and join us for a collective acknowledgement of our very human desire to care for ourselves and each other.

The event is produced and presented by NYU faculty Joe Salvatore (Program in Educational Theatre/Steinhardt School), Kristin Horton (Gallatin School of Individualized Study), Mary Bitel (Open Arts and Collaborative Arts, Tisch), Nisha Sajnani (Program in Drama Therapy, Steinhardt), and Mauricio Salgado (Drama, Tisch).

Holding Breath is open to all students, faculty, and staff at Tisch, and across NYU.

Each October, more than 1,700 members of the Tisch Drama Community—faculty, students, and staff across the department’s 10 training studios and Theatre Studies program—come together to build relationships with new and existing communities as part of the Tisch School's annual Community Week.

See the full lineup of Drama Department collaborations, activities, and discussions here.