Programs & Affiliations

We are situated in New York City's legendary Greenwich Village and encourage students to take full advantage of the city's unparalleled resources for seeing performances of all kinds, conducting research, and professional development. Our events and affiliations give students access to invaluable intellectual exchange among artists, theorists, and scholars.

Department Programs

Annual José Esteban Muñoz Memorial Lecture


The Depa­rtment of Performance Studies inaugurated the distinguished José Esteban Muñoz Memorial Lectures, on an annual basis, starting in the Spring of 2016. We envisioned the series as an annual event that both honors the memory of this celebrated teacher and scholar, and focuses attention on the cutting edge of the field of Performance Studies. Learn more.

Salon Series

Salon Series

The ​Performance Studies ​Salon Series ​is a student-run initiative that ​invite​s​ current students to come together and share their skills in the field of Performance Studies. Learn more.

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

The Performance Studies Lecture Series is a series of evening events featuring preeminent scholars and practitioners in the fields of art and performance and is designed to create an informal and intimate setting for rich intellectual exchange among artists, students, and scholars. Learn more.



Annual Community Event

PRAXIS, a special all-day Performance Studies community event, brings together current students, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective students and friends, to learn new skills, engage in important conversations, and stay connected with colleagues and peers. Learn more.

Visiting Scholar Program

Carlos Motta

Visiting scholars come to NYU Performance Studies from all over the world to conduct independent research with our faculty members. During their residencies, visiting scholars give informal talks on their research, audit graduate courses, and meet with faculty to receive feedback on their research. Learn more



This series is designed to address the unique needs of performance studies majors. These undergraduate information sessions help to ensure a smooth transition to and journey through the Performance Studies university experience. Presentations will provide a continued awareness of campus resources for new and continuing students, highlighting existing programs and campus resources. PSE features collaborations between faculty, school and university staff, and student leaders to provide support for study away planning, career development, engagement in co-curricular and extracurricular activities, academic research, academic resources, and more.

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Graduate Information Sessions

The Faculty and Administration of the Department of Performance Studies host graduate information sessions throughout the academic year to help support our students.  Some sessions are specific to students who may be at a particular point in their degree program-others are general information sessions. 

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PS Assembly

PS Assemblies are a twice a month opportunity for students to connect with PS faculty on industry related themes. 

These session are open to PS students only, check your email for the zoom info! 

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Department Affiliations


The Drama Review

TDR is the journal of performance studies. A forum for radical performance and theoretical intervention, TDR engages performance in its aesthetic, historical, social, economic, political, and theoretical contexts. The disciplinary zone of performance is conceived broadly – dance, theatre, music, visual arts, sound, architecture, media, everyday events, sports – emphasizing the experimental, the critical, and the provocative. Learn more.

Women & Performance

Women & Performance was founded in 1983 by graduate students in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  The journal publishes interdisciplinary feminist scholarship on performance, broadly construed.

Since its inception the journal has operated as a feminist collective.  Faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines volunteer their time and collectively edit each issue of Women & Performance.  After self-publishing for 23 years, Women & Performance was acquired by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.  With each issue we continue our mission of extending and reformulating notions of gender and performance.

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The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is a collaborative, multilingual, and interdisciplinary consortium of institutions, artists, scholars, and activists throughout the Americas. Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression, and politics, the organization explores embodied practice—performance—as a vehicle for the creation of new meaning and the transmission of cultural values, memory, and identity. Anchored in its geographical focus on the Americas (thus “hemispheric”) and in its three working languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese), the Institute seeks to create spaces and opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation among researchers and practitioners interested in the relationship between performance, politics and social life in the hemisphere. 

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