Chris Vine

Academic Director, Professor, MA in Applied Theatre

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101 West 31st Street, 6th Fl.

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 652-2840

Fax: (646) 344-7269

Chris built and launched the Applied Theatre program with longtime collaborator Helen White. The program, the first of its kind in the USA, launched in 2008. Its holistic approach to theory and practice is embodied in the extensive individual and combined professional theatre, facilitation, and teaching practices of its distinguished faculty.

Chris has over 40 years of professional experience. He is a founding member of Perspectives Theatre Company (UK), the former Artistic Director of Greenwich Young People's Theatre (London), and the Creative Arts Team (New York). His work has extended worldwide. His specialties include theatre-in-education (TIE), process drama, and Theatre of the Oppressed. He is co-editor of the keystone 3rd edition of Learning Through Theatre: The Changing Face of Theatre in Education (Routledge 2013).

In 2019, Chris received the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.


Theories I: Theatre & Learning, Theatre of the Oppressed, Introduction to Drama Conventions, Teaching Through Theatre

Recent News

\CUNY SPS MAAT 9th Annual Racial Justice Conference with Dr. Williams MAAT alum Ariyan Johnson

9th Annual Racial Justice Conference Showcases Film by Applied Theatre Alum

July 08, 2024

The MAAT program screened Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop + The Church, a film directed by program alum Ariyan Johnson.

CUNY SPS Applied Theatre alum Brielle Silvestre

"It Feels So Real": The Value of Using Elements of Theatre to Rehearse a Profession

December 28, 2023

Theatre Topics Academic Journal

CUNY SPS Applied Theatre alum Brielle Silvestre (class of '19) published an article in the November Issue of Theatre Topics Academic Journal entitled, "'It Feels So Real': The Value of Using Elements of Theatre to Rehearse a Profession."
Performance at CUNY SPS MAAT Theatre in Education Festival 2023

Interactive Festival Showcases Imaginative Educational Theatre Projects

August 10, 2023

Over 120 people attended the 2023 Theatre-in-Education Festival, which featured five different projects performed by students from the MA in Applied Theatre program.

Two students at 2021 virtual Theatre in Education (TIE) Festival

CUNY SPS Festival Showcases Applied Theatre Student Projects

June 30, 2021

The CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre program (MAAT) showcased five different student projects during its 2021 virtual Theatre in Education (TIE) Festival this May.