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

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.

Participants at the 2019 Racial Justice Conference

6th Annual Applied Theatre & Racial Justice Conference Showcases Political Action and Performance

December 21, 2020

The CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre (MAAT) program hosted its 6th annual Applied Theatre & Racial Justice conference on November 7.

Miles the Doppelganger, played by Hayden Palmer, fights Agnes, played by Claire Schnatterbeck, in a Sheridan High School Drama Club rehearsal of “She Kills Monsters.” (Grace Cannon)

Courage and vulnerability: taking artistic risk in a small town

November 12, 2019


Grace Cannon holds a MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY SPS. In this article, Grace examines the relationship between courage and the risk of vulnerability in theatre, as well as the role that theatre educators play in today's environment.

Chris Vine Receives Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award

July 18, 2019

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is delighted to announce that Christopher Vine, academic director of the MA in Applied Theatre degree program, has received the 2019...