In the Department of Art & Public Policy, artists and those working in connection to art and culture, activists, scholars, and community builders examine the political implications and social significance of their work, and the work of other practitioners historically and today.
Students are invited to grapple with the most challenging questions of our times, breaking down artificial lines between art and politics, the past and the present, theory and practice, individual and collective. What makes art necessary? What limits its expression? How do we honor and support creative and cultural life in our multiple communities? What is possible? We investigate power, voice, community, identity. We explore, imagine, build, each, and together, the possibilities for another way of being.
The Institute of Performing Arts offers intense professional training to individuals in the departments of Art & Public Policy, Graduate Acting, Dance, Design for Stage & Film, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, Drama, and Theatrical Production. Additionally, in association with the Graduate School of Arts & Science, the Tisch School’s Department of Performance Studies offers an innovative approach to the study of the history, theory, and practice of human performance.
The Institute also houses five dance studios; six theatres; scene, costume, prop, and welding shops; three design studios; a CAD facility, and the editorial staffs of two performance arts journals.