"I remember my first day at Columbia University School of the Arts. Though I had been living in Boston, I was not prepared for the overwhelming sense of possibility, expectation and demand of being in New York City; I felt like I could hear the echoes of everything amazing that had happened in New York theatre history. The School of the Arts provided a stimulating and supportive environment in which I could challenge myself as an artist and individual. more
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program alumna Diane Paulus' ('97SOA) Broadway revival of "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" at the Hirschfeld Theater won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical in 2009. more
"The Theatre Arts Program at Columbia University School of the Arts built a safe frame from which I was able to surround myself with like-minded colleagues. They constantly impressed and pushed me to think outside of my box. We were encouraged at every opportunity to take risks in an environment in which it was normal to fail. Those were the best lessons I ever learned. That environment taught me to be fearless in my process, something which I have continued to try and do. more
Big Love was the MFA thesis production of Pirrone Yousefzadeh ('09SOA), and was presented February 18-21, 2009 at The Riverside Theatre. The play is written by Theatre Arts Professor Charles L. Mee, and was presented as part of Columbia Stages, the producing arm of Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program. more
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales was the thesis production of the MFA Acting Class of 2009, featuring Amanda Broomell, Ji Young Choi, Sanam Erfani, Rebecca Hirota, Kim Katzberg, James MacBean, Lauren Murphy, Adam Radford, Luc Radu, Casey Robinson, Josh Sauerman, Nadia Sepsenwol, Tom Slot, Steven Sun, Alison Weisgall, Patrick Yeoman, and Jehan O. Young. more
The Country and the Happiness was the MFA thesis production of Onur Kara ('10SOA), and was presented March 31 - April 3, 2010 at The Riverside Theatre.
The Country and the Happiness, a devised piece, is an international theater project which will unfold over ten years in ten different cities around the world. Each year, artists having two different cultural backgrounds will produce a play based on the dualities of their own identities. And the process will be defined by a single question: How can one be happy having two different homes? more
William Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost was the thesis production of the MFA Acting Class of 2011, featuring Merrie Jane Brackin, Corey Bright, Will Cespedes, Catherine Copplestone, David Fierro, Emily Gleeson, Nate Grams, Shang-Ho Huang, Whitney Morse, Nuah Ozryel, Grayson Powell, Mary Schneider, Esdras Zenas Toussaint, and Shelley Virginia. more
Eurpides' Medea was the MFA thesis production of Alicia Dhyana House ('09SOA), and was presented January 28-31, 2009 at The Riverside Theatre. The play was translated by Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer, and was presented as part of Columbia Stages, the producing arm of Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program.
Alicia Dhyana House website