NYU Steinhardt Educational Theatre Student Perspectives


[Intro Music] Ashley: Our department is for folks who want to use
theatre and the arts to create change, who want to use theatre and the arts to educate,
to, uh, create dialogue, to create transformation within communities. If you consider yourself, um, an educator, if you
consider yourself, um, an activist, if you consider yourself an artist, or one or all of those
things, there’s space for you. Jordan: There’s innumerable tools that they set you
up to have within the program. In terms of warm up activities and the way
to design a lesson plan, how to continue to develop your own artistry concurrently with
helping other people to develop their artistry. Elena: This program has also sharpened my tools as a
researcher, it’s helped me have more confidence as an educator for sure, and it sharpened
my skills as an artist. Oriana: I was in a show, School for Scandal, that’d
be last spring, which I acted in, which is really exciting, but then also, um, just this fall
I was assistant stage manager for A Little Shop of Horrors. Ashley: There’s the fall and spring show as well as
our Theatrix, which is, um, a really amazing opportunity for students in our department to get their
work produced and shown, um, and then we also have, um, our Shakespeare To Go troupe, which
performs, um, an abridged Shakespeare production at different schools around the New York area in all 5
boroughs. Elena: This past summer I took Looking for Shakespeare,
which was one of my favorite classes to take here, because we brought in high schoolers
from all around the country. Dr. Jonathan Jones was great about letting us try some
things and take some risks with the students, and he had my peers be choreographers for
the show, and we had people help with music, and I was, I was monologue coaching, and it was a
really beneficial experience. Oriana: Our adjunct faculty, our full-time faculty,
they’re doing stuff all the time outside the program, and they, and they bring it back to us so we
can learn from it. They take the time to get to know each and
every one of us, and I think that that makes all these classes that we have more specific
to us, and our wants, and our needs. Ashley: Several of the jobs that I have gotten have
been because of the Educational Theatre department, my connections, um, with the faculty or networking
through the faculty. Elena: There’s actually a huge educational theatre
community in New York City and I love that the faculty are so supportive to connect you
with groups of people to help support you as you leave the program, I’m not finished
yet and I am already seeing that. Jordan: There’s so many resources and facilities, and
professionals, and artists, and intellectuals, and those are the kind of things that I want
to be around, so among the other schools I was looking at for education programs, this
one really just felt like the, the right one. Having been here now, I, I can’t really imagine
myself in another program really. [Music Continues]

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