NYU Grad Acting is at the epicenter of the greatest and most vibrant campus in the world: New York City. For an observational point of view, the city provides so much sheer life for our students: the greatest and most diverse variety of people in this country.
From a cultural point of view, New York City is unparalleled. Our students regularly attend productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway and the latest Hollywood and independent films. (Many of these viewing opportunities are offered to us free, or at reduced rates, often thanks to our alumni who are appearing in them.) In addition, the world’s greatest museums, galleries, restaurants, and libraries are used for research and field trips; they are only a brief walk or a subway ride away. Greenwich Village itself provides many bookstores, record stores and video stores to buy or rent material for class.
We pride ourselves on making major artists accessible to our students. Every year, guest speakers give special talks to our students. These artists have included our finest actors: James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Lithgow, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Rosemary Harris, John Turturro, Diane Wiest, Patti LuPone, William Jackson Harper, Arian Moayed, Nikiya Mathis, April Matthis, Miriam Silverman, Anne Kauffman, and Andre Braugher as well as visiting artists from around the world: Alan Rickman, Ian McKellen, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, Hugo Weaving and many more. Major directors such as Kenny Leon, Declan Donnellan, and Richard Eyre have come to speak, as well as playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks and Tony Kushner. Special workshops, unique to our students, have been offered by actors and directors such as Liev Schreiber and Maria Aitken. No other school can offer such a dazzling array of visiting artists, and on such an intimate and tactile level.
While an important theme of the program is that theatre takes place wherever there are people to gather around, New York City still offers the highest concentration of resources for students to work and play. There is no other playground (or studyground) like it in the world, and our faculty is here to make sure your education exploits every ounce of the city’s tremendous creative energy.