Read below to learn how Muse Scholars have engaged with theatre both on and off campus through partnerships with New York stages and companies, attendance at special events, and more.
Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
Hunter College's partnership with TDF has allowed Muse Scholars to attend Broadway and Off-Broadway performances and benefit from the instruction of teaching artists during special theatre workshops.
On Broadway, students have attended The Glass Menagerie, the acclaimed Broadway revivals of A Delicate Balance and Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (photo, upper right) as well as War Horse. Off-Broadway productions have included Little Miss Sunshine and Carrie.
To prepare for some of these performances, the Muse Scholars have worked with TDF teaching artists who lead students in pre- and post-performance workshops. Teaching artists have included: Carrie Ellman-Larsen (photo, left), Courtney Esser, Katie Issel Pitre and Victor Maog (photo, lower right).
Muse Scholars - as do all Hunter College students, faculty and staff - also get discounted membership to TDF for only $10, or $20 off the normal cost of first-year membership. Members get discounted entrance to Broadway, Off Broadway, off-Off Broadway, as well as to other music and dance productions.
Learn more about Hunter's partnership with TDF - the country's largest not-for-profit performing arts service organization - at the Cultural Partners page.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Thanks to a partnership launched during Fall 2012 with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Muse Scholars get special access to productions at the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre. Jon Fosse's A Summer Day (photo, left) was the first play Muse Scholars attended in partnership with Rattlestick. Muses also attended Pitbulls during the Fall 2014 semester.
Muse Scholars have also worked with teaching artists in The Middle Voice Theater Company, an apprentice company of Rattlestick that includes a mix of young actors, directors, designers, and playwrights from diverse backgrounds. Middle Voice's mission is two-fold: To create theatre that embraces risk, encourages ensemble, and starts a conversation. And to reach out to different class segments in American society through the work, believing that conversations have the power to breed mutual understanding. (photo, right: Middle Voice teaching artists in the Muse Freshman Seminar during the Fall 2014 semester)
Scholars also receive discounted ticketing and consideration for internships with Rattlestick. To learn more about these and other opportunities with Rattlestick, please see Hunter's Cultural Partners page.
Theatre on Campus
Wednesdays at One & Hunter Theatre Productions
Muse Scholars are invited to participate in Wednesdays at One, a lunch-time series hosted by the Hunter College Department of Theatre and the President's Theatre Advisory Board, chaired by Producer Patty Baker (photo left, with President Jennifer J. Raab). The series brings prominent professionals from the theatre industry to Hunter to share insights about their work and careers with students.
Speakers have included MacArthur Fellowship-winning playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith, casting drector Ilene Starger, producers Sue Frost and Randy Adams, and Paul Libin, Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters.
Muse Scholars also receive special invitations to campus theatre events and have gone as a group to shows, including the Theatre Department's Fall 2013 production of Mystery!, comprised of Medieval plays. Theatre Prof. Barbara Bosch spoke with the Muses before the show about the inspiration behind Mystery! and provided background on Medieval theatre.
Theatre Off Campus
Tickets to shows
In addition to tickets through partnerships with TDF and Rattlestick, Muse Scholars also receive invitations to attend stage shows throughout New York.
The Muses have attended Broadway's Violet and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. Thanks to special offers from The Actors Company Theatre, or TACT, scholars also attended Off-Broadway's Natural Affection at the Beckett Theatre.
Muses have the opportunity to deepen their experience with New York theatre during special meetings with cast, crew and other professionals behind the curtain.
Composer Jeanine Tesori (photo, left) visited the Muse Freshman Seminar during the Spring 2014 semester to discuss the making of Violet on Broadway. After attending the performance at American Airlines Theatre, the scholars were invited to a talk-back discussion with Tesori and the play's musicians and cast, including two-time Tony winner and Violet star Sutton Foster.
During the Spring 2012 semester, Muses spoke with Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and actors who appeared in Carrie after the performance at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Muse in the News - Theatre
Jaime Jaget (Class of '16) was promoted to Managing Director of the Middle Voice Theater Company, part of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in Manhattan, where she began as a marking and development intern. As Managing Director, Jaget oversees the company and acts as a liason between Rattlestick and the artists in Middle Voice, assisting with space rental, rehearsals, budget, marketing and production, and other tasks.
"I am very excited to begin to further develop this company and its relationship to the theatre world and New York community," said Jaget, who also serves as Rattlestick's Education Associate.
Get involved on campus by joining the Production Club, Circus Club, the Cultural Symposium Club or another undergraduate organization focusing on the performing arts. Use Hunter's Student Group Management System (SGMS) to find out which clubs are operating and how to join.
Students in The Department of Theatre study stage production and the relationship between text and performance through a combination of practical hands-on experience and theoretical, critical and historical approaches. The department offers courses in all aspects of theatre, including acting, design, production, history, theory, directing and playwriting.
Thanks to a $15 million gift from Jay Baker and Patty Baker (Hunter College class of '82), the Theatre Department will soon have a new headquarters with performance spaces, studios and classrooms.
BA in Theatre, MA in Theatre, MFA in Playwriting