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Drama and Theatre Arts

Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program offers one special summer course: The New York Theatre Event. This course, designed to explore elements involved in the creation of theatre today, uses New York City as its classroom. The core elements of theatrical craft—playwriting, directing, acting, producing, and design—are discussed.

We’ve established a simple application process for courses offered by the School of the Arts this summer, including courses in theatre. Please select the apply button above to get started.


Summer 2023 Session Information

SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 22–June 30, 2023

SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 3–August 11, 2023

SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 22–August 11, 2023


To learn more about Arts in the Summer courses, read professor bios, and see expanded course descriptions, please visit the School of the Arts website. Note: all Arts in the Summer applications must be submitted through SPS.

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THEA4215S001 3 points.

We will be looking at the rich legacy of the Off-Broadway theater – the groups, writers, directors, actors and other theater artists who were nurtured and sustained in its fertile soil, and who continue to shape the landscape of contemporary theater: Off-Broadway, regional theater, and Broadway itself. We will look at the two churches and two cafes where the movement in the 60’s kickstarted as well as the numerous venues, theaters, producing organizations, and producers who continue to sustain the Off Broadway innovative sensibility. We also read and view examples of seminal theater artists and their works: Maria Irene Fornes, David Greenspan, Ntozake Shange, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner and others. This is a whirlwind journey through Off-Broadway history taught by someone who has been a part of it since the 1970s and has worked with and known many of its players!

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
THEA4215S001 001/10640 Session A Tu 07:00 PM–10:10 PM
Th 07:00 PM–10:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Morgan Jenness
3 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)