Graduate Information Sessions

Graduate Information Sessions

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. All sessions are only open to students matriculating in a PS program.

This year our Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Karen Shimakawa has invited some PS alumni to engage in these sessions to share their experiences transitions from PS to the professional world as it related to the various themes presented at each session. 


Fall 2021 Calendar

Library Orientation for Students in Performance Studies | September 10th

When: Friday, September 10th @ 10 am

Where: NYU Zoom Registration Link

Who: Librarian Jill Conte

This session will help you move beyond Google and take your research skills to the next level using the vast resources available to you through NYU Libraries.  It will cover what every student needs to know about library research: from the basics of searching the library catalog and choosing the right database for your topic, to more advanced search techniques and resources. It will introduce you to a network of experts, services, collections, technologies, tools, and spaces that make up NYU Libraries, focusing on specialized resources for Performance Studies at NYU.  The goal of this session is to help you become a more efficient, effective, and critically engaged researcher.


Chair’s Get Together with International Student | September 10th

WHEN: September 10, 2021 12-1:30pm

WHERE: Washington Square Park RSVP HERE

Dear international PS student — greetings!

I would like to invite you all to a get together on Friday the 10th. Whether you are a BA, an MA or a PhD candidate; whether you are a first year student, or a seasoned ABD, new in the US, or an immigrant for a while, as long as you are an international student come meet your peers and share your experiences, puzzlements, questions, or simply your stories. This gathering will not be an official “orientation,” nor another “official welcome” — but simply an occasion for us all to assemble informally.  So… let’s get together, and just find an occasion to share ideas, stories  and know each other a bit better. Or, to paraphrase David Bowie, lets share the joy of “believing the strangest things, loving the alien”. 

We will meet iat WSP on Friday Sept. 10th, from 12 PM to 1:30 PM.


RSVP is required!!

Applying to Academic Jobs | Sept. 24th

When: Sept. 24th at 10:00 am

Where: NYU Zoom - Check your emails for RSVP Info! 

Who: Karen Shimakawa, Masi Asare, and Danielle Goldman

Join this session to learn different strategies for applying to academic jobs when it comes to searching for positons, timing, CV and application matierials and more. 

For this session Professor Shimakawa will be joined by Masi Asare and Danielle Goldman. Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar. She is assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University, and divides her time between New York City and Chicago. Danielle Goldman is an Associate Professor of Dance at The New School.

Applying to/ Presenting at Academic Conferences | Oct 8th

When: Friday, October 8th 10 am-12pm

Where: NYU Zoom check email for RSVP info!

Who: Karen Shimakawa and Shane Vogel

The session will cover some tips and tricks on conference presenting, including: the conference abstract, title, what makes a good conference paper (as distinct from a seminar paper/article), tips on presenting the paper, how to navigate Q&A, etc., and other aspects of conferencing, how to make the most of the experience.

Applying to Ph.D. Programs | Oct 15th

When: Friday, October 15th 10 am-12pm

Where: NYU Zoom check email for RSVP info!

Who: Karen Shimakawa, Marcela Fuentes, Lindsay Hunter, and Anurima Banerji. 

Join Professor Shimakawa a our three distinguished alumni, Marcela Fuentes, Lindsay Hunter, and Anurima Banerji to discuss the Ph.D. program search and application process. The alumni will each speak to their experience and common best practices. 

Applying to Academic Jobs - Part 2 ** PhD's only | OCT 29th

When: Oct 29th at 10:00 am

Where: NYU Zoom - Check your emails for RSVP Info! 

Who: Karen Shimakawa 

Join this session to dive deeper with Karen and look at the materials that go in to producing a strong application for a teaching position. 

Writing Strategies | Nov. 5th

When: Friday, November 5th 10am -12pm

Where: NYU Zoom - check email for RSVP info. 

Who: Karen Shimakawa, Olivia Gagnon, and Leon Hilton. 

This session will focus on session focused on helping students think about their academic writing - papers/chapters.  We will cover a lot of ground discussing coming up with/framing a topic, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, dealing with writers' block, getting started, etc., editing/revising, and more! 

Applying for Artist Grants | Dec 10th

When: Friday, December 10th 10am - 12pm

Where: NYU Zoom - check email for RSVP info. 

Who: Karen Shimakawa and Aliza Shvarts

 This session will cover the ins and outs of applying for artist grants and what sorts of projects can be funded, finding available funding sources (and the various kinds of funding out there), strategies for writing project descriptions, budgets, etc., other strategic considerations in completing these applications (work examples, etc.).