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The curriculum at PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS THEATER SCHOOL is unique in theater education, in that it is one of the only conservatory programs nationwide to offer rigorous training in playwriting, performance, directing, design, devised work, producing and management.

Playwrights Horizons Theater School is proud to have a reputation for creating and developing bold, exciting and innovative original works, and for producing a new generation of artists who are curious, adventurous, self-confident and dedicated to the collaborative nature of theater making. Graduates are poised to enter the industry with a broad network of professional connections, a strong sense of personal vision and an appetite for artistic risk.

Mission Statement

Recognizing the diverse needs and ambitions of the 21st century theater artist, Playwrights Horizons Theater School offers students a one-of-a-kind, project-based training program as a studio in the undergraduate Department of Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As the only studio training actors, directors, designers, choreographers, playwrights and creators of devised work in a single setting, Playwrights Horizons offers students an unparalleled opportunity for the cross-fertilization of skills, a commitment to the collaborative nature of theater, and a dedication to the principle that each student is a whole artist to be nurtured, challenged and celebrated.

Rigorous training with our diverse faculty of professional artists working in both the traditions of western theater and global contemporary performance styles challenges each student to discover and bring forth the artist within. As students progress through the program, the balance of training shifts from projects that support foundational class work, to class work that supports the needs of the artist in the development and production of projects. This training offers opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, recent alumni, faculty professionals and guest mentors, creating a network of feedback and support that serves as a bridge to the world beyond studio walls.

Our project-driven methodology ensures that students emerge from the program with the physical, emotional and intellectual strength and versatility their work requires. Our students develop a deep connection to their own personal vision and appetite for artistic risk that will enable them to define their own unique path as artists, citizens and human beings.