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NYU BFA Partnership

NYU BFA PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

ABOUT THE NYU BFA PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

For more than 40 years, NYU Tisch and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® (LSTFI) have partnered to train new generations of talented young actors and performers. Since the start of the NYU studio system in 1974, Lee Strasberg has been an integral part of the Tisch Drama community with a vibrant history of collaboration and a long list of celebrated alumni. Located just minutes away from the NYU campus, and surrounded by a thriving off-Broadway theatre scene, LSTFI is the opportune place for students to pursue their artistic and professional goals. 

The unique NYU Tisch at Strasberg curriculum, designed by Lee, reflects our dedication to Lee Strasberg’s work and his standard for actor training. We strive to provide students with the foundations of Method Acting and an artistic home to seek personal growth and achievement. The training emphasizes the development of a versatile physical instrument, a grounded and supported voice, and a relaxed and concentrated mind, while stressing the importance of imagination and individual creativity.

Students who study at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for their Primary Training are guaranteed casting in a project by the end of their second year. Second Year and Advanced Professional Training students also have the opportunity to audition for additional productions each term, including a full-scale Spring musical in collaboration with the Institute’s Conservatory students.

Admission to our NYU program is handled entirely by New York University. More information about the Department of Drama, Undergraduate, including instructions on how to apply, can be found on the department’s website.

THE FIRST YEAR

The first year of NYU Tisch at Strasberg is about introducing students to the process of Method Acting and Lee Strasberg’s work. Students will gain a basic understanding of the exercises, a comfortability with the foundations of relaxation and sense memory, and an idea of how the training relates to scene work. Students will become aware of the habits of in-expression, areas of physical tension, and feel a strengthened imagination through sensory and improvisation. In addition, students will develop a neutral and supported voice and a strong understanding of their bodies through Vocal Production, Speech, Dance and Tai Chi.

CLASSES

1st Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Ballet (2 Hrs)
Vocal Production (2 Hrs)
Speech (2 Hrs)
Tai Chi (2 Hrs)
Improvisation I (2 Hrs)

2nd Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Jazz (2 Hrs)
Vocal Production (2 Hrs)
Speech (2 Hrs)
Tai Chi (2 Hrs)
Improvisation II (2 Hrs)

THE SECOND YEAR

The second year of NYU Tisch at Strasberg is about integrating the basics developed in the first year into more advanced work. Students will be asked to use information from the play to fuel the imagination and use the sensory work to fulfill the demands of more challenging scenes. The addition of Singing challenges students to apply basic vocal production skills to a more rigorous technical form, asking students to maintain relaxation and technique while performing. Dialects integrates vocal production and speech work into a more specific function, testing the student’s command of previous skills, and provides an important tool for character work. Movement classes emphasize the further understanding of the body and the reduction of habits to allow for free expression and connection to the work.

CLASSES

1st Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Dance I (2 Hrs)
Movement (2 Hrs)
Singing (2 Hrs)
Dialects (2 Hrs)
Script Analysis (2 Hrs)

2nd Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Dance II (2 Hrs)
Movement (2 Hrs)
Singing (2 Hrs)
Dialects (2 Hrs)
Script Analysis (2 Hrs)

THE ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING / TRANSFER TRACK

Advanced Professional Training at Strasberg emphasizes the application of the technique to more complex scenes and new forms. Students will develop a greater understanding of how to apply the sensory work to film and television as well as to the development of characters. Students will learn to cater their process to audition scenarios and leave with an understanding of the demands of the industry. The elective system used in Advanced Training allows students to choose classes in acting, voice, and movement which will best further their personal growth and encourages them to individually tailor their remaining semesters. The Transfer Track at Strasberg is a unique program for new students to start their relaxation and sensory training from the beginning of Lee Strasberg’s curriculum while trusting their Primary Training and striving for growth in advanced electives.

CORE CLASSES: Method Acting, Method Acting, Acting for Film and TV

MOVEMENT ELECTIVES*: Advanced Dance, Stage Combat, Movement

ADDITIONAL ACTING CLASSES*: Audition, Building a Character, Developing your Career, Shakespeare

VOCAL ELECTIVES*: Advanced Singing, Advanced Dialects

* SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON SEMESTER

THE PRACTICUM PROGRAM

The Practicum Program focuses on the professional demands and expectations of the industry. At the forefront of the program is The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, a collaboration between the Clifford Odets Estate and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. The students in the Practicum Program form a company, are interviewed by an emerging playwright, and become the original cast of a new play written for this specific ensemble. Together with a professional director, the company develops the new work over the course of the semester, ultimately building toward the play’s world premiere and an industry performance and gala. Elsewhere in the program, students will have the opportunity and challenge of working with visiting directors and casting directors from both stage and screen. Students will be confronted with new ways of working and learn to manipulate and translate the Method technique to fulfill the demands of each individual director and scene. This semester is about applying breadth of artistic and technical skills gained in previous years to a full-scale production and preparation for a career in the industry.

CORE CLASSES: Method Acting, Method Acting,  Working with Stage Directors, Working with Casting Directors

MOVEMENT ELECTIVES*: Stage Combat, Movement, Advanced Dance

VOCAL ELECTIVES*: Advanced Singing, Advanced Dialects

* SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NYU: SUMMER AT STRASBERG

Tisch offers undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit courses for students looking to continue their studies or kickstart a new project. Courses include academic study of the arts as well as professional, conservatory training across disciplines.

Enroll in individual courses of your choice or register for a summer intensive with a pre-designed curriculum. Students wishing to take classes at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute over the summer and gain NYU credit, should reach out to Tisch Summer Admissions here