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The elevator doors of 715 Broadway open directly onto a floor with a kind of gravitational pull for an intimate community of artists. There are no rules in this department, where the curriculum focuses less on the definitions or boundaries of musical theatre and more on its dynamic, constantly-evolving future. Read more.
Entire universes are created and taken apart on this floor, where designers conceive and build the worlds inhabited by actors on stage and onscreen. This block-long, light-filled space houses two spacious studios for design work, a fully stocked 24-dimmer lighting studio, a professional-quality costume shop, a one-of-a-kind design library, and more. Over the course of a production, designers build the sets that acting students will bring to life during the show’s run. The Department of Design for Stage and Film recently added new workspace for students at 194 Mercer Street. Read more.
Stepping out of the elevator onto the ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) floor can feel like a brief detour from reality into hyperreality. This 15,000-square-foot complex in a turn-of-the-century industrial loft has been transformed into a high-tech studio devoted to exploring the intersection of art and engineering. Students here crowd around lab benches, fill wheeled whiteboards and sketch pads, program 3D printers, and wield power tools to explore the next frontier of interactive technology. Students can take advantage of a wide variety of digital production equipment including high-end Mac and PC multimedia workstations; and digital audio, video, and MIDI workstations with the latest software. Our construction workshop for physical prototyping includes a machine shop, firmware programming stations, and electronics prototyping tools. Read more.
Each studio and black-box theater in the Graduate Acting department is constantly transformed by the intimate community of students and faculty with each rehearsal. Here, actors train in technique and imagination, finding the balance between discipline and freedom. Read more.
The sixth floor of 721 Broadway houses two distinct academic departments in a more reflective atmosphere: Performance Studies and Cinema Studies. In Cinema Studies, you'll find seminar and screening rooms where students dig into films and texts with a trained eye and ear, as well as common spaces like reading lounges to stimulate collective critical thinking. Read more.
Goldberg Dramatic Writing students are expert storytellers crafting scripts for film, television, and theatre. In these hallways, classrooms, and workshop spaces, you might overhear snippets of dialogue from 18th century Russia, a late-night television monologue, arguments from a courtroom procedural, and more. Read more.
On any given day, you’ll find photography students making images using technology with everything from 150-year-old techniques to Hasselblad X5 virtual drum scanners. Facilities on this floor include two black-and-white gang darkrooms; two digital labs with professional imaging software; two shooting studios; an equipment cage with cameras, and audio and video recorders; and a wide range of lighting equipment for shooting in the studio or on location. Read more.
This is one of five floors occupied in part by the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. Head upstairs or downstairs, and you’ll find a TV studio, post-production facilities, an animation area, and a production center. It’s here that students experience every stage of creating a film, from inspiration to script writing, renting equipment, to editing, and sound design. The Kanbar Institute’s facilities include an extensive digital media library, the largest production center on the East Coast, sophisticated post-production and animation centers, a soundstage, and live television studios.