Studio Tisch 2017 Application
Dear Grad Acting Family -

On behalf of the Graduate Acting Alumni Association and the Studio Tisch Administrative team, thank you for applying for the Studio Tisch 2017 season. We are eager to witness the wonders that your creativity and daring will yield!

Please read the following Studio Tisch Rules of Play/Guidelines in their entirety. We reevaluate and update them every year, so even those who have worked with Studio Tisch in past seasons may find some surprises therein.

Studio Tisch rehearsal and development space will open Tuesday, May 30. Bare Bones performance weekends will open Friday, July 7 and close Monday, July 31st. The Studio Tisch Alumni Cabaret and End-of-Summer Soiree will wrap up our season in style on the evening of Monday, July 31st.

Bare Bones projects will have priority of performance in the Shubert and Walker Theaters, with performances taking place Friday through Monday evenings. Staged or semi-staged readings in theaters are held Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Readings and presentations in classrooms (particularly the Circus Room or Room 525) can be held at any time.

Bare Bones slots are reserved for projects that have already seen significant creative development and are ready to take the next step of adding technical elements (sets, lights, sound). Please do not apply to use Bare Bones space "just to put something up for fun," as we will have to reject those requests. If you are starting a project from scratch and want to present a performance, please consider using the Circus Room or one of the rehearsal rooms, and present a Games-style or First Year Shakespeare Project style classroom performance. Some of our most successful Studio Tisch projects have performed in classrooms to capacity audiences.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Studio Tisch 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the Fifth Floor!


Your 2017 Studio Tisch Administrators

Please complete this online application or download and deliver a completed hard copy to the GAAA mailbox on the 5th Floor of 721 Broadway no later than Monday, April 17th, 2017.

Participation in the 2017 Studio Tisch Season requires a mandatory application fee of $25 for readings or development projects that will use classroom space only, and $50 for Bare Bones productions or staged/semi-staged readings using either the Walker or the Shubert. Please include a second check of $25 as a refundable security deposit. Make checks payable to New York University with “GAAA/Studio Tisch” on the memo line. Application fee checks will not be cashed until until June 1st, when access to the spaces open. Security deposit checks will only be cashed if your project is responsible for damage to the floor, if you fail to fulfill your volunteer box office service, or if you do not observe the Rules of Play. If your security deposit is to be cashed, the ST administrators will inform you of the reasoning behind their decision. All uncashed security deposit checks will be shredded at the end of the season.

Your application is not considered complete and acceptance to the program is not ensured until we have received both checks. All checks must be mailed by Monday, April 17th to the following address:

Elizabeth Zins
3128 47th Street
Apt 1
Astoria, NY11103

All accepted applicants will be notified no later than Monday, May 1st, 2017. Our annual Kickoff Meeting for accepted applicants will be held on Monday, May 15th, 7pm at 721 Broadway.


QUICK FACTS - Application for Studio Tisch 2017

Deadline: Monday, April 17th, 2017

Application Fee: $25 for readings/development projects using classroom space only
$50 for Bare Bones projects or staged/semi-staged readings in theaters

Refundable Security Deposit: $25 for all project types

Studio Tisch Rules of Play/Guidelines
Studio Tisch 2017 Season
Guidelines and Responsibilities

Here's the fine print: ALL APPLICANTS MUST READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION! If you are only applying for a development project, read only the GENERAL INFORMATION. If you are applying for a BARE BONES project, please read everything.

Studio Tisch provides limited support for all projects (just like Freeplay). We provide free rehearsal space, equipment, some technical support and performance space. We ask only a few things in return:


* The applying alumni (known as the Project Representative) is the sole point of contact for communication with the Studio Tisch Administrators. She/he will be responsible for relaying information to their company. We will only accept correspondence from the Project Rep.

* Ideally, 100% of the actors in your project must be alumni of the Graduate Acting Program. Some exceptions apply: if you lose an actor at the last second and cannot find a replacement within the alumni pool, or your project revolves around a very specific type that is difficult to find within our alumni pool. All exceptions will be approved by the Studio Tisch Administrators on a case-by-case basis. IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE A JUSTIFIABLE EXCEPTION OUTSIDE OF THE TWO CLAUSES MENTIONED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT THE ST ADMINISTRATORS TO DISCUSS IT. The 100% Alumni rule is meant to protect Studio Tisch as an Alumni event. Issues of liability, questions from other alumni, and concerns from NYU have been raised about the advisability of using non-Grad Actors; limiting participation to Grad Actors keeps the program protected.

* You will be required to volunteer as box office support for no fewer than two other projects. If you fail to perform your box office duties, or perform them poorly, we will cash your security deposit check. We may also enforce consequences ranging from assigning extra box office shifts to barring ST participation the next time you apply.

* If we have more applicants than box office shifts to go around, first-time Studio Tisch Project Reps will be asked to cover the box office shifts.

* In order to sustain Studio Tisch, we ask each box office volunteer to be diligent about collecting donations at their box office table. Donations made to Studio Tisch go towards operating costs for next season. Please know we need the donations to meet the costs of production. We will have appropriate signage and a donation box present at the box office tables to encourage patrons to give generously.

* Project Reps will be responsible for providing a box office/front-of-house person for each public presentation if one has not been covered by a volunteer.

* Project Reps are responsible for ensuring that the rehearsal and performance facilities are kept clean, orderly, and intact. If your cast doesn't clean up after themselves, then you must do it for them. Leave the space better than you found it.



* If you require designers, you must use current NYU designers or NYU Alumni designers. If you don’t know any designers, the ST Administrators will try to help facilitate.


* Both the Shubert and Walker Theaters are equipped with a repertory lighting and sound plot. The lights absolutely cannot be refocused, the speakers cannot be moved, nor can any equipment be added. The sound board must not be re-patched. If we determine you have have broken this rule, we will cash your security deposit and potentially bar you from future participation in Studio Tisch.

* A Space Supervisor will be assigned to coordinate with you on your project. This supervisor will be your technical liaison and, depending on the scope of your production, will be explaining the use of the lighting and sound equipment. They will familiarize you with the lighting and sound setup, and will coordinate with your lighting designer to troubleshoot any issues with the lighting and sound equipment.

* For those of you with limited technical needs, the lighting console will have several preset lighting looks programmed into the submasters and the sound system will have a patch cable ready for ipod/iphone input.

* Each lighting booth contains a technical information binder where you can find quick answers to most of your technical questions. There are also startup/shutdown sheets posted in each booth that describe each step for turning the lighting and sound equipment on and off. There is no eating or drinking permitted in the booths.

* Flames, smoking, fog machines, and haze machines are prohibited from use on this floor or in any of the theaters at any time. We have a strict fire code to which we must adhere.

* There is no building or painting permitted on the fifth floor.

* Please leave the theaters, booths and dressing rooms tidy after each performance, clean and clear of all furniture, props, trash, etc. Once your production has closed, be sure that you clean up after yourself completely, removing everything that you brought to the fifth floor.


* You will need to provide all of your own props and furniture, though some items might be available on the 5th floor.

* Load-in and load-out of large furniture or set pieces through the freight elevator must be scheduled with Fifth Floor Admin Assistant Giselle Vasquez.

* You may start storing your set pieces in the Walker dressing room and Shubert backstage area the week of your presentation and must strike them immediately after to make space for the next project.

* We do not have access to the design floor's costume vault. You will need to provide your own costumes.


* If your play has been previously produced, you will need to apply and pay for the educational rights to present the piece. You will need to provide proof of permission and proof of payment to the ST Administrators.


* Studio Tisch uses a proprietary reservation system to serve our projects in the theaters. All public performances must use this reservation system. Please include our reservation email address,, on all of your invites and PR.

*Once your performance dates/times have been settled and we have started to take reservations, they cannot be moved or cancelled.

* Any reading/project/presentation will be required to use the official Studio Tisch program, which includes mandatory protective language and logos.

* Completing this application will act as an agreement to these guidelines.

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Project Proposal
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