A continuing education initiative of the Graduate Acting Alumni Association (GAAA). Generously hosted by NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Studio Tisch is the flagship program of GAAA’s alumni service outreach, and is among the most beloved and popular of GAAA's many endeavors. Each summer, Grad Acting alumni can apply to use rehearsal rooms, theaters, and other 5th Floor resources to create their own work and explore their own artistry, free from potentially limiting commercial concerns of “the business.”

Projects range from development of new material, informal readings, workshops exploring a specific topic or focus, “classes” for those developing teaching curriculums/experience, to scene study series, semi-staged readings, and more. Bare Bones presentations using basic light and sound elements give extensively developed projects a chance to find their feet in front of a selective audience of Grad Acting friends and family, and provide valuable feedback for our artist/creators in their artistic journey. Participation is limited to Grad Acting alumni, with occasional exceptions made for non-Grad Acting collaborators per prior approval with the Studio Tisch administrators.

The Studio Tisch summer season culminates with our annual Alumni Cabaret and End-of-Summer Soiree. Participation is open to all Grad Acting alumni. Material can include anything from musical performances to clowning lazzis to spoken word to magic acts to improv comedy/stand up. The cabaret is a vivid celebration of our alumni’s diverse talents — part open-mic night, part Sharings, all inspiration.

The Studio Tisch initiative represents the highest aspirations of our GAAA mission; by connecting our alumni across the decades in artistic collaboration, we expand the reach of our NYU network and plant seeds that will generate increasing opportunity and support for our graduates in the years to come.

We invite you to explore this website to witness the amazing depth and breadth of Grad Acting talent on display this summer. We also invite you to visit our main website at gradactingalumni.org to learn more about our programs, including the Tuition Freedom Project, the Mentorship program, the GAAA Writer's Forum, and more. 

Thank you for your interest in Studio Tisch. Enjoy the work!


Olivia Gilliatt ‘14 and Emily Gardner Xu Hall ‘13 (2019 Studio Tisch Administrators) and your friends at the GAAA


The Founding Patrons of Studio Tisch

Hovey M. Burgess Jr., David G. Clarke, Nora Dunfee, Zelda Fichandler, J. Michael Miller, Mel Silverman, David Rodgers, and Ronald B. Van Lieu.