Spring at Tisch - Acting

Explore the Actor’s Craft and Deepen Your Performance Skills

The Open Arts Actor's Workshop is the Tisch studio designed for visiting students and NYU non-drama majors interested in exploring actor training in a conservatory-style environment. Through master classes in movement, voice, Shakespeare's text, clowning and scene study, students develop a deeper understanding of the acting process and what it means to work as a creative ensemble. Under the guidance of Tisch performance faculty, students gain physical and vocal freedom and broaden their knowledge of dramatic text. On-camera acting classes help students hone their craft in front of the camera. The semester-long studio experience culminates in a final showing of ensemble performance work and scene presentations for invited guests. 

Program Overview

The Open Arts Actor's Workshop meets three full days per week under the guidance of co-directors Angela Pietropinto and Michelle Uranowitz (both professional actors and Tisch acting alums) and Tisch faculty from across the performing arts professions.

Visiting students register for a full-time Spring at Tisch semester consisting of 12-18 units. Course load includes core curriculum (8 units for the Open Arts Actor's Workshop) and additional companion courses.

NYU non-Drama majors register for 8 units for the Open Arts Actor's Workshop as part of their full-time NYU spring semester courses.


"I get to just act all the time and that’s something I couldn’t have done at Richmond so I thought, if I really want to continue to grow as an actor and as a creative person, I need to need to take this opportunity."

— Ross Tetrault
Spring at Tisch
Acting for the Stage and Screen
Open Arts Studio, Spring 2018



Core Curriculum

Open Arts Actor's Workshop

OART-UT 1916 | 8 units

Areas of study in the Open Arts Actor's Workshop include movement, voice work, Shakespeare's text, clowning, scene study, and on-camera acting.

The movement component includes yoga, contact improvisation, strengthening and flexibility exercises, Tai chi, and the teachings of Laban. Voice work is rooted in the Linklater approach. Scene study focuses on late Stanislavksi, action-based script analysis, moment-to-moment authenticity, and various approaches to personalizing scripted material.


Students are responsible for getting courses taken through Spring at Tisch credited to their degree program at their home college or university.


The spring 2020 application will open on Monday, June 24, 2019.

The Open Arts Actor's Workshop is open to full-time matriculated undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from other colleges and universities, as well as non-drama majors at NYU.

Prerequisite: You will be required to audition for the Acting track. Audition information is below; details will be emailed to you upon receipt and initial review of your completed application. NYC-based applicants can audition in person; those unable to audition in NYC may audition via Skype. 

You must not be on academic or disciplinary probation. 

*Students who are on a leave of absence at the time of their application must have a representative of their school (e.g. an academic advisor) state via e-mail to tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu that they are presently on good academic and disciplinary standing with their school.

*Students taking a gap year in-between high school and college are not eligible. 

More admissions and application information available here.

Audition Information for Visiting Students:
Please prepare 1 monologue, around 2 minutes in length. It should be from a play that speaks to you, one that you are excited to work on; the character should be age-appropriate. Auditions wil be held in October and early November.

Audition Information for Current NYU students: If you have enrolled in any college-level acting class or you have equivalent experience, be in touch with the Tisch Open Arts Program (tisch.openarts@nyu.edu) to audition for the studio. Please prepare 1 monologue, around 2 minutes in length. It should be from a play that speaks to you, one that you are excited to work on; the character should be age-appropriate. Auditions wil be held in October and early November.

NOTE: NYU students do not need to complete the Spring at Tisch application with the Tisch Office of Special Programs.

Spring 2019 Audition Dates and Times

Auditions will take place Mondays and Fridays from October 15th - November 9th 2018.

Monday October 15th: 12:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday October 19th: 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday October 22nd: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday October 26th 3:10-5:30 PM
Monday October 29th: 12:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday November 2nd: 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday November 5th: 12:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday November 9th: 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuition and Fees

Spring 2020

  • Visiting Student Full-time Tuition, 12-18 units flat rate, per term: $25,342

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,074

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for more information (including price updates) on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Tisch does not have direct scholarships for visiting students. We do encourage visiting students to consult with their home institutions about portable financial assistance such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and educational PLUS loans. The student's home institution processes these loans, which are typically applied to their NYU program via a consortium agreement. This agreement is initiated by the student at his or her home school's financial aid office, which in turn forwards the consortium form to New York University, Office of Financial Aid, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (212) 998-4444. NYU's Office of Financial Aid then confirms the student's acceptance to the program, registration, and the costs of attendance, and returns the agreement to the home institution.

To determine the amount and type of aid available, the home institution compares the costs of attending with the student's individual financial circumstances. We encourage students seeking aid to begin the financial aid process with their home school immediately after being notified of acceptance as the steps involved take a great deal of time. 

There may be additional fees depending on the courses you register for. These may include, but are not limited to, lab, insurance, and projection fees.

Housing and Meal Plans

Spring at Tisch students have the option of staying in NYU housing or living off-campus in one of the exciting neighborhoods in New York City. Meal Plans are also optional. NYU offers both traditional dorms and apartment-style residence halls; accommodations and fees vary. Details about housing options will be emailed to accepted students. Because residence hall space is at a premium, Spring at Tisch students are urged to make their NYU housing arrangements as early as possible.  Learn more about NYU Housing and Meal Plans.

Health Insurance

All eligible registered Spring at Tisch students must maintain health insurance comparable to the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. International students are automatically enrolled in the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Comprehensive Plan, unless students complete the online enrollment/waiver process before the semester deadline to either maintain other insurance coverage that meets the University's criteria, or to downgrade to the Basic Plan. For additional information on health insurance costs and regulations, please contact the Student Health Insurance Services Office located at 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9580; telephone: (212) 443-1020; http://www.nyu.edu/shc/about/insurance.html