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Creative Practice

The Muse progam partners with New York teaching artists and arts institutions to engage scholars in a variety of artistic practices, with the goal of exposing students to new art forms or deepening their understanding of familiar art forms. Such activities are intended to spark inspiration for independent projects, interest in new artistic paths, boost appreciation for the artistic process and serve as useful exercises in creativity. Read below to learn about some of the organizations that have led the Muse Scholars in the practice of arts including dance, theatre, the visual arts and creative writing.



Middle Voice Theater Company

The Middle Voice Theater Companis an apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 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 while reaching out to different class segments in American society. Middle Voice believes that conversations have the power to breed mutual understanding.

Teaching artists with Middle Voice have visited Hunter, engaging the scholars in discussions about thematic elements related to performances the students see through the Muse program's ticketing partnership with Rattlestick. They have also led the students creative writing exercises, reading and other relevant activities.  



Theatre Development Fund (TDF)

TDF teaching artists lead scholars in theatre workshops meant to better prepare them to consider the Broadway and Off Broadway performances they see thanks to a ticketing parternship with TDF. 

Teaching artists - including Carrie Ellman-Larsen (photo, right), Courtney Esser, Katie Issel Pitre and Victor Maoghave engaged scholars in scene studies, creative writing exercises, character exploration and other activities that deepen student engagement with theatre. 



Visual Arts

Society of Illustrators

A professional society based in New York City, the Society of Illustrators was founded with a mission to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history, maintaining a museum of illustration and dining room set in a historic carriage house on East 63rd Street.

Society staff and teaching artists have the led the Muse Scholars in drawing and collage workshops as well as taken them on private tours of the  Society's collections and special exhibitions.




Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Company (AGDEP)

The Muse Scholars receive personalized instruction in dance movement and criticism from faculty and graduate AGDEP students.

During classes led by AGDEP Director Kathleen Isaac and graduate students, Muse Scholars learn how to appreciate and critique dance using professional analytical skills. Students also hit the dance floor, learning new techniques during special workshops, which have been held both on and off campus at venues including Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Studio 353.

The work with AGDEP prepares students for their annual outing to the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center and other performances. For more information about the Muse Scholar Program's partnership with AGDEP, click here.


Creative Writing

Faculty from Hunter's English Department have worked with the Muse Scholars in special writing workshops.

James Paul, Adjunct Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has worked with the freshman Muses on writing and understanding jazz poetry, a genre of poetry that responds to the rhythms, sounds, and forms of jazz music. During the jazz poetry workshop, which takes place after the scholars have attended a jazz concert, the scholars study works by established jazz poets and create their own jazz poems.

Jen DeGregorio, a poet and prose writer, has led the Muses in ekphrasis, a form of poetry that responds to art works. In ekphrastic workshops, the scholars study published ekphrastic poems and write their own, responding to works they encountered in New York arts institutions and/or in the classrom.

Theatre workshops - such as those with Middle Voice and TDF (see Theatre section above) - also include writing exercises as part of their larger practice.