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. 


Spring 2022 Calendar

Writing Course Descriptions/ Designing Assignments|Feb. 4th

WHEN & WHERE: February 4, 2022, at 10 AM EST on NYU ZOOM

For our first Grad Info Session of 2022, Professor Shimakawa has invited PS Alums Ethan Philbrick & Sarah Kozinn to share their experience in the classroom with us. This teaching workshop will cover many of the aspects that go into developing a course including:

-- writing a course description

-- course design: how to think about assignments (reading, papers, etc.)

-- classroom strategies/exercises

-- grading

New to Teaching/ In-Class Strategies|Feb. 11th

WHEN & WHERE: February 11, 2022, at 10 AM EST on NYU ZOOM

Join Professor Shimakawa in conversation with PS Alums Joshua Guzmán & Vivian Huang about the experience of being a “new” teacher. The group will discuss:

-       What it's like starting out fresh from grad school?

-       What are the particular challenges/pitfalls? 

-       How do you balance your teaching and your own research?

-       What's it like to move beyond the PS "bubble" as a teacher? 

-       How do you think about the relationship between undergrad and grad teaching?

Tisch Office of Career Development Services|Feb. 18th

WHEN & WHERE: February 18, 2022 at 10 AM EST on NYU Zoom

The Tisch Office of Career Development empowers artists and cultural innovators in their transition from classroom to career by facilitating the development of career skills and industry knowledge essential for success at all stages of their professional lives. Through educational programming, counseling, and career-related resources, TOCD takes a comprehensive approach in its support of students and alumni, understanding that a life in the arts is multi-faceted. A representative from the TOCD will join us to discuss the ways PS students can work with their office to prep for things like grant/fellowship application or prepare for internship interviews as well as how they help recent alumni in the transition from academics to a career in the arts. Join us to learn about the services you could be using today!

Life After PS | April 1st

WHEN & WHERE: April 1, 2022, at 10 AM EST on NYU ZOOM

Join a panel of PS B.A. and M.A. Alums as they share their experience in the professional world in various industries and cities in non-academic careers.

Our panel will feature:

Lindsay Benacka, MA Alum - Lindsay Benacka is the Director of Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Wichita where she oversees a dynamic roster of programs, facilities, and projects and collaborates with many public and private partners on capital improvement projects. Notably, she oversees the City’s Percent for Public Art Program, Design Council, Arts Council,  Cultural Funding Committee, CityArts, Cowtown Living History Museum, Mid-America All-American Indian Museum, and Century 2 Performing Arts Center. She recently re-joined the City of Wichita in December, having served as the Artistic Director at CityArts from 2014-2016.

Most recently she served as the Arts and Culture Program Manager for the City of Yuma, Arizona where she served as the Director for the Yuma Art Center and oversaw the Historic Yuma Theatre, 270 Black Box Theatre, 4 art galleries, and a 350 piece public art collection. She was the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Art Award for Outstanding Arts Organization, the Heart of Yuma Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Arizona Community Foundation, and was a finalist for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award for both Emerging Leader and Community Builder. She was also a recognized by the Yuma Chamber of Commerce as a 40 under 40 Community Leader.

She holds a Bachelors in Theater from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Arizona Western College and a former Fine Arts Lead Professor at Butler Community College. Benacka is a multidisciplinary artist and a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in rural Cambodia. Lindsay is a Chicago native by ways of rural Nebraska, but plans to bloom anywhere she’s planted.

Diana M. Pho, MA Alum - Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award- winning fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in traditional book publishing, where she acquired and edited speculative novels, short fiction, and comics. Diana currently is Senior Story Producer at developing unique and cutting-edge audio dramas. Additionally, she has a double Bachelor’s degree in English and Russian Literature from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Performance Studies from New York University. Diana’s academic work includes critical analysis of the role of race in fashion, performance, and the media, in addition to pieces focusing on fan studies and fan communities.

Podcasts she has produced include Justin C. Key’s Spider King, Black Friday starring Fred Armisen (#1 for Fiction on Apple Podcasts) and Marigold Breach, starring Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto.

Hadar Landan, BA Alum - Hadar Landan is a Class of 2020 Bachelor’s graduate of Performance Studies, with honors. She also earned a second degree in Psychology, and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Currently, she works as a freelance professional dancer and as a Programs Manager at A Free Bird- a nonprofit organization that provides arts education for kids affected by cancer. In these roles, she is able to combine her passion for movement and the arts, as well as her interest in psychology and child development. She credits her time at PS for allowing her to expand her view of what she could accomplish as an artist. 

As the Programs Manager for A Free Bird, Hadar implements effective arts programs for children in hospitals and in their homes, curating and providing arts lessons in all genres and forms, and opportunities to experience artistic shows, galleries, and the like. 

As a dancer and choreographer, some of her fondest artistic experiences include performing with the late and great Gregg Russell’s Tap Sounds Underground, being a part of Emily Greenwell’s contemporary collective, earning a scholarship toward putting on her own show through DM Arts Fest, and curating and producing the NYC Studio Series, a community initiative at Arts on Site aiming to provide affordable dance classes and opportunities for artists to share with their peers.

Megan Man, BA Alum - Megan Man is a NYU Tisch Performance Studies 2021 graduate who specialized in gendered and racial expression in media. Right after graduating, Megan worked as a full-time Talent Agent assistant for William Morris Endeavor in Beverly Hills. Since then, she has started pursuing her Masters Degree in Library Science with a specialization in archives. She is currently working at a local library in southern New Jersey. 

Getting Your Work Published|April 8th

WHEN & WHERE: April 8, 2022, at 10 AM EST on NYU ZOOM

There is a lot to consider when trying to get your work published. Professor Shimakawa has asked two PS Alums, Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson & Kara Jesella to join her in a conversation about the process and various ways to get your work published. The group will discuss publishing in:

-       Academic books

-       Peer-reviewed journals

-       Trade/non-academic/popular publishing 

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 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 and Ertug Altinay

 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.).