The annual mainstage student production.

Presented by the NYUAD Theater Program, the annual mainstage student production showcases the talents of NYUAD student performers, under the direction of Emily Mendelsohn, a Brooklyn-based object theater director whose work interrogates memory and identity. The title of the production shall be announced shortly.


Collaborating with artists in the US and East Africa, Emily Mendelsohn staged Deborah Asiimwe’s Cooking Oil through residencies in Kigali (Rwanda), Kampala (Uganda), and Los Angeles (co-produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice and Center for New Performance). She staged Erik Ehn’s Maria Kizito through a reading at Uganda’s National Theatre, an in-process performance at La MaMa NYC (as part of Ehn’s 17 play cycleSoulographie: Our Genocides), and a full production in New Orleans, partnering with ArtSpot Productions. This exchange has been supported by Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, US Embassy in Uganda, Brown University, NACL’S Deep Space Residency, Durfee, Goethe Institute Uganda, Puffin Foundation, Alternate Roots, and Project Troubador.