September was a banner month for artists and arts-related scholars from New York University, with faculty and alumni winning some of the nation’s most prestigious awards in the fields of drama, music, writing, film, and television.

Alumni of the Tisch School of the Arts won 14 Creative and Prime Time Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in in acting, costume design, directing, producing, sound editing, and visual effects for the 2015/2016 television season. In the space of one week, Tisch Drama alumnus Moises Kaufman (’89) received the 2016 National Arts Medal, the highest honor the United States bestows upon artists, and playwright and Tisch Performance Studies alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (’07) was awarded the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius” Grant.

Also receiving the MacArthur Fellowship was Julia Wolfe, associate professor of music at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, who previously received a Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy Award nomination in 2015 for her composition Anthracite Fields.


Tisch alumnus Moises Kaufman (BFA, '89) receives the 2015 National Arts Medal at a ceremony at the White House September 22, 2016

The White House also bestowed the National Humanities Medal on writer and composer James McBride, distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, the nation’s highest humanities honor.

Finally, an independent study conducted by Playbill found that NYU had more alumni on Broadway than any other school in the world.

“It’s an enormous point of pride and validation for us as an institution to see the many ways our students and faculty are changing the world and touching our souls through their art and scholarship,” said Ulrich Baer, Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity at NYU. “Their accomplishments not only serve as powerful inspiration, but they reaffirm the tremendous power of a creative community.”