Tisch Summer High School Production and Design Workshop

The Tisch Summer High School Program is on offer for summer 2023, however, we must remain flexible in our response to changing developments due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. If we are unable to conduct the program on campus as planned, we will shift to remote instruction. Any changes to program format will be communicated promptly if and when they are confirmed.

Explore theatre design and management as you build your stagecraft skills.

The Production and Design Workshop offered through the Department of Undergraduate Drama is for the student who wants to pursue a career in the design, technical, management and other production areas of the performing arts.


Each week you will have 28 hours of conservatory style coursework in areas such as management, scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, drafting, drawing, and painting. You will also take a weekly Introduction to New York Theatre seminar with professional actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and faculty as guests.

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.

Core Curriculum

Students will be following these Performance Arts guidelines while in the classroom.

Production and Design Summer Workshop

THEA-UT 465 | 4 units

Students will study design and management as they build their stagecraft skills. Our workshop will explore how each area contributes to storytelling in the theater and how production decisions are made. Our focus will be on the collaborative process. Taking advantage of our location, students will attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, visit theatres, museums, shops, and studios to see NYC professionals at work. With those experiences in mind, we will discuss different styles of production and divergent storytelling techniques. Guest speakers will include designers, technicians and managers from the New York performing arts community.

Skill building classes will introduce scenery and costume crafts, lighting and sound technology, drafting, drawing, and painting. We will incorporate both traditional and digital tools to investigate scale and proportion. Management classes will introduce the principles and practices of stage and production management. The workshop will conclude with the creation and presentation of an original theater piece combining skills gained in all areas of design and technical theater. Finally, we will work with the students to develop their resumes and portfolios to best showcase their talents.

New York Theatre

THEA-UT 860 | 2 units

This weekly theatre studies seminar is taught by NYU faculty. It introduces the fundamentals of critical analysis of many of the live events students will attend as a group. Some of the shows students have seen include The Nance, The Trip to Bountiful, Pilobolus Dance Company, Kinky Boots and Eat the Chicken, among others.

Sample Schedule for Summer High School Production and Design Workshop

Classes take place Monday to Friday. Studio work time will also take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Additionally, weekly evening curricular events are required. Studio classes include, design, technology, management and graphics.

This sample schedule is based on previous summers to give prospective students an understanding of the highly structured and rigorous training offered in the Tisch Summer High School Production and Design program. This sample schedule is an overview of one of the four weeks in the program. Students accepted and confirmed for the program will be given their actual schedule on orientation day.

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Studio: Graphics; Sound

2:30-5:30 p.m. Studio: Scenery; Costumes

7:00-10:00 p.m. Possible evening curricular event

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Studio: Graphics; Collaboration

2:30-5:30 p.m. Studios: Lighting; Script Analysis

7:00-9:30 p.m. Open Studio Work Time

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Studio: Graphics; Collaboration

2:30-5:30 p.m. Studio: Scenery; Costumes

7:00-9:30 p.m. Possible evening curricular event

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Studio: Graphics; Sound

2:30-5:30 p.m. Studio: Lighting; Production Management

7:00-9:30 p.m. Open Studio Work Time

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Studio: Stage Management

2:30-5:30 p.m. Field Trips

7:00-10:00 p.m. Possible evening curricular event

Students shining light into a stage model.

Photo by Dylan Kenseth



Summer 2023

Sunday, July 9 - Saturday, August 5, 2023

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2023

Total Estimated Program Cost: $13,655*

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $9,780

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $892
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $200
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,616*
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $720**

**As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program Specific Fees:

  • Drama Ticket Fee: $447

*Estimated rates from summer 2022

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Students accepted to the Tisch Summer High School program live in NYU housing. Per NYU policy, students must to be at least 15 to reside in housing for this program. 


Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.


Summer 2023

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Application Deadline

Summer 2023: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Student draping muslin onto his dress form.

Photo by Dylan Kenseth