Experiencing Theatre in New York

Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 24–July 12, 2019
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m. We also attend theatrical productions on several evenings and possibly on weekends.
Dyana Kimball

While there are no prerequisites for this course, because it includes excursions outside of standard class times it is available only to students in the residential program.

“I have gained a more well-rounded view of theatre and I think it has made me a better thinker and performer.”  - Mia V. | Los Altos, California

Course Description

Experiencing Theatre in New York is a unique, immersive opportunity for students to gain a deep understanding of contemporary theatre by experiencing it first-hand at its epicenter. Participants attend critically acclaimed Broadway, off-Broadway, and experimental productions, experiencing a variety of theatrical forms and genres such as musical theatre, original works, theatrical revivals, adaptations, and Shakespeare. We go behind the scenes of several of the productions and interact with some of the professional theatre artists involved in the productions, learning about their creative processes and their career paths.

Additionally students participate in practical in-class workshops so as to gain further insight into the material they are seeing on stage. Class time is devoted to reading and analyzing the plays we will see and participating in practical performance and production workshops in acting, directing, and producing. Outside of class, students write short reviews of the productions so as to sharpen their critical thinking and further enhance their understanding.

Please note: Because we see many of the productions in the evening and on weekends, this curricular option is available only to students enrolled in the residential program. A course fee of $550, charged in addition to standard tuition and program fees, covers theater tickets and transportation costs.

Participants in this course may also be interested in Creating Original Theater: Playwriting, Directing, and Acting, which is offered in Session II.


Dyana Kimball

Dyana Kimball earned her M.F.A. in directing at Columbia University and her B.A. in English literature at Boston University. She has taught directing, acting, theatre history, and communication courses at Marymount Manhattan College and Dowling College. She has been a guest director at Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University’s CW Post Campus, and UMass, Lowell, and has been a visiting artist at Vassar College and the University of Alaska in Juneau. Ms. Kimball was the founder and Artistic Director of Boston Directors’ Lab for five years and was a founding member of the New York-based theatre Collective Ontik.

Her New York City directing credits include: Will Eno’s “Oh, the Humanity!” (Marymount); Bertotl Brecht’s “Good Soul of Szechuan” (Marymount); Alice Tuan’s adaptation of Thomas Middleton’s “The Roaring Girle” (CW Post); Thornton Wilder’s “The Happy Journey” (Marymount); Alexis Clements’ “Conversation” (University Settlement) and “Your own Personal Apocalypse” (Chashama); “Numbers” by Kieron Barry (Manhattan Rep.); “Orestes 2.0” by Charles Mee Jr. (CW Post); Georg Buchner’s “Woyzeck” (Central Park); Elmer Rice’s “The Adding Machine” (Theatre at Riverside Church); Bertolt Brecht’s “Baal, Island of Slaves” and Bixby Elliot’s “Love and Literature” (Schapiro Theatre at Columbia); “Library Play” by Paul Cohen (J. Houseman Theatre); “Sill Life” by Emily Mann (Belt Theatre); “Rubber” by Tom Sleigh (RAW Space); and “Chopping” by Magdalena Gomez (HERE Arts Center).

Her regional directing credits include: “Roach, An Adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis” by ONTIK, Philadelphia, PA (Spirit Wind Arts); “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, Juneau, AK (Opera-to-Go); “What Will I Do When You’re Gone” by Neil Bell, Cambridge, MA (The Market Theatre/BTM); “Traveling Naked” by Debra Lake Fortson, Boston, MA (Boston Playwrights Theatre); “Through the Leaves” by Franz Xaver Kroetzk, Boston, MA (BDL); “Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie” by Albert Innurato, Boston, MA (BDL). She is a 2008-2010 member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab.

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