MTA Metrocards for NYU Tisch Drama Students who have to commute to studio

MTA Metrocards for NYU Tisch Drama Students who have to commute to studio

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Mara Cohen
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Students of NYU Tisch Drama are combining rigorous conservatory training with a challenging and enriching academic education to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts and artistic foundations for a successful and sustained life in the professional theater. Drama contains 8 primary studios: Stella Adler School of Acting, Atlantic Acting School, Experimental Theatre Wing, The Meisner Studio, New Studio on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Production & Design Studio, and Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Additionally, advanced studio training offers study at Stone Street Studios Conservatory of Screen Acting and Production and Classical Studio. 

For five of these studios, the location of training is around 10-30 blocks away from NYU's Washington Square Park central campus. For instance, Stella Adler at 65 Broadway, Atlantic at Ripley-Grier at 520 8th Ave, and New Studio on Broadway's Advance Training at Pearl Studios NYC at 500 8th Ave is a 45 minute walk from Tisch at 721 Broadway. 

On top of the current cost of attendance at NYU, students are responsible for means of transportation to class. Because these locations are not technically NYU owned facilities, the NYU bus -- which is free for NYU students -- is not available for these routes. Walking 30 mins - 1 hour x 2 every day of class is not sustainable, so students are primarily taking the MTA subway or bus ($2.75/ride). For those who have studio 3 times a week, payment can amount to $77/month, while those who have studio 5 days a week, payment can amount to $126.50/month, just to attend class. 

Our studio hours can reach up to 9 hours a day, not including rehearsals, tech, and performance schedules, combined with rigorous academic classes, making it very difficult for students to maintain inflexible part time jobs. This may result in more difficulty to absorb costs beyond tuition. 

NYU Drama students are petitioning to receive financial support to transport ourselves to class. Education is a priority, resulting in an unfair transportation structure that may force students into financial burdens, even when already paying tuition. Students should not be personally penalized just to attend class. We reach out to Tisch Deans to listen to our voice. 

Thank you, 

Emily Goes NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway '20 on behalf of Tisch Drama Students