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Elmo in snow in Times Square

Two Gallatin J-term 2020 Labs: Photojournalism & Theatre

Photojournalism Lab: Fire and Ice
Deadline to apply: December 9, 2019
Lab Dates: January 6-17, 2020
NYU students, alumni, and non-NYU students may apply

This J-term lab, in the dead of winter, asks students to think about how temperature affects life in NYC. Whom does it impact? Individuals, animals, organizations, regions? Conversely, what about the ways that warmth and vibrancy—the metaphoric “fire”—shine through despite the cold? Students will interpret these questions in finding a story and bringing it to life through powerful images. The Lab is taught by Professor Lauren Walsh and award-winning photographer Ron Haviv.

Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab, an intensive photojournalism and documentary photography workshop, trains students to be visual documentarians. Skills taught include how to write a project proposal for professional publication; develop a better eye for taking stronger pictures; how to edit; and develop a personal project that has resonance with larger social matters.

NYU students, alumni, and non-NYU students may apply.  Fee for NYU students and alumni: $200. Fee for non-NYU students: $900. To apply, students should submit a 1-2 page statement on why they are interested in participating in the Photojournalism Lab. Please include information about your experience with photography. Students are also encouraged to submit a sample of their work. Email applications to Professor Lauren Walsh (

Lab meets from January 6 – January 17, 2020. Lab activities can occur between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some of this time will comprise lectures and critiques. Time will also be spent independently shooting photo stories throughout New York City. Participants should be as flexible as possible with their time during the program dates.

Required Equipment: 1) Laptop with photo editing software installed (e.g., Adobe Lightroom or Photo Mechanic – lessons on this given during the lab. Software can be downloaded for free trials.); 2) Digital camera (with all necessary cords and sufficient battery supply. A quality cell phone camera may be used but a standard digital camera is preferred); 3) Camera lenses (bring whatever you have; a 24-70mm lens works well); 4) Memory card and card reader (Firewire, Thunderbolt, USB2, or USB3).
Photo above: Courtesy Ron Haviv/VII

Gallatin Theatre Lab

Deadline to apply: November 25, 2019
Lab Dates: January 13-25, 2020
Open to students and alumni

Work with mentors, actors, and directors on your new one-act play during a two-week intensive development process.

Week One: Feedback and rewrites with mentors
Week Two: Directors and actors workshop the script in preparation for a reading in The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts on January 25, 2020

Interested Gallatin students and alumni should submit an electronic copy of the draft script to including the following:
Preferred email
Year rank
Primary adviser's name
Local phone number
Name of play
List of characters
Scene breakdown