I am proud to welcome you to The Arts Center’s seventh season, themed “Now and Into The Future”. We celebrate our return to in-person performances on campus with a spirit of renewal and a vision of understanding where we came from, acknowledging where we are, and boldly working to create our future.

The Arts Center mission is to simultaneously showcase eclectic global talent and support the local arts scene, sparking artistic creations that bring tradition and innovation together for borderless possibilities. Since March 2020 we have increased our focus on investing in the UAE’s performing arts economy through commissioning new works by UAE based and international artists, bringing new voices to stages across the world. After two years of mostly online programming, many of the new works we’ve invested in will be seen for the first time in the UAE. The Arts Center’s partnerships with our lead sponsor Mubadala, who also present our Off The Stage series of panels, discussions and workshops, and the US Mission to the UAE, who support our artist professional development program Numoo and educational activities, have allowed us to further expand our efforts on building of the local artistic ecosystem through professional development.

We believe that supporting artists’ work and expanding their knowledge are essential parts of how we create a pathway to the future. We’re excited to see how the seeds being planted now will flower over the next 50 years.

As always we invite you to approach our season with a sense of openness, curiosity and adventure.

Bill Bragin
Executive Artistic Director
The Arts Center

Mission & Vision

Showcasing music, theater, dance, film, poetry, family programs, and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.

As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center is a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and the community.

Located on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, The Arts Center presents the University with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. The Arts Center creates a dynamic space for research and investigation, encouraging the active pursuit of knowledge for audiences as well as visiting artists.
Excellence, collaboration, creativity, accessibility, innovation, respect, and understanding are The Arts Center’s core values, striving to be a beacon on the international arts landscape, firmly rooted in the region but with a global reach.