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Sydney Weiser

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Concentration

Musical Theatre/Directing

Academic Year

Senior

Briefly describe how you would contribute to implementing the goals of the Theatre Arts Student Council.

Theatre artists are so brave and vulnerable, and I want this institution to be the safest place possible to encourage our artistic growth. My priorities are body positivity, mental health advocacy, and inclusiveness. Facilitating a department culture where each student feels confident that the productions and courses enable them to grow is extremely important to me, having encountered both moments of kindness and consideration and feeling abandoned by my program. Making an encouraging program means selecting productions that represent students’ diverse experiences and holding faculty accountable. I aim to change the language we use in the classroom (especially in daily dance), introduce diverse texts to the curriculum, and encourage collaboration between disciplines. I am confident that the faculty respects my professionalism and will therefore be receptive to communicating with me, but I am first and foremost a student and your ally.

Briefly describe your relevant past experience that would support your work as a representative on the Theatre Arts Student Council.

At my performing arts high school, I served as a student representative for my musical theatre program. Much like the role of a TASC member, I was the liaison between the students and the department’s faculty as well as between my department and other student groups. I also mentored new students and transfers, which I think is especially critical this year while we are not on campus. I am also the vice president of Kehillah, the traditional-egalitarian Jewish student group at NYU (which also caters to students throughout the city). I regularly create programming and address student needs, and I can apply those skills to bring students in this department together to create a supportive, creative community.