The Play's the Thing: Curtain Up on New York's Theatre Scene

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website for The Play's the Thing Section 1 or The Play's the Thing Section 2.
Millions flock to New York City to see its most popular and enduring attractions. It’s not the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building—it’s Broadway and Off-Broadway. In this class, learn many of the reasons why that is—and how it happens. What makes a play work from the ground up? How are musicals created? Does what happens in rehearsal make or break even the best shows? And why do tickets cost so much? Through a fun but rigorous mix of lectures, readings, discussions, meetings with working theatre professionals, and attendance at live productions, you will see for yourself that what goes on before the curtain rises and after it falls is sometimes just as fascinating—if not more—as what audiences see on stage. Spring 2023 tuition is $629.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The experience of seeing five current productions—four Broadway and one Off-Broadway
  • An understanding of New York’s theatre scene

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.