• Each year School of Drama students have opportunities to perform, direct and write for stage. Performances happen in studio presentation, at the School of Drama Theater and around campus.

    The School of Drama offers a number of events showcasing the work of our graduating actors, directors, and playwrights. The School of Drama also has regular performance opportunities for BFA and MFA students during their course of study.

    MFA Cinema Projects

    During the year-long collaborative course, MFA students study principles of film and produce an original short film. They work with Media Studies students and composers from Jazz and Mannes to create these projects from pre through post production.

    BFA Creative Cafe

    Creative Café provides an opportunity for BFA students to propose and produce self-directed projects with the resource support of the School of Drama and the guidance of a Faculty Advisor and MFA student Project Mentor.

    BFA Directed Research

    This festival highlights the culminating work of the BFA Dramatic Arts students, exploring their training in technique, the depth of their critical inquiry skills, and often contextualizes their work through the lens of citizen-artist.

  • Showcases

    The School of Drama currently offers a number of events showcasing the work of our actors, directors, and playwrights.

    Actor Showcase

    The School of Drama presents two annual Actor Showcases each spring, providing graduating actors from the BFA and MFA programs with a formal introduction to casting professionals.

    In past years, MFA students received requests from Amerfilm Casting, Binder Casting, Barry-Haft-Brown Talent Agency, Hartig Hilepo Agency, Innovative Talent, Warner Brothers Television & Film Casting, Abrams Artists Agency, William Morris Agency, Telsey + Company, Don Buchwald and Associates, Lincoln Center Theatre, ABC Television Casting, Todd Thaler Casting, Fifi Oscard Agency, Atlantic Theater Company, and many others.

    BFA Dramatic Arts Senior Festival

    This festival highlights the culminating work of the BFA Dramatic Arts students, exploring their training in technique, the depth of their critical inquiry skills, and often contextualizes their work through the lens of citizen-artist. Each independent project requires the best application of students' analytical, research, and presentation skills and performative practice and fosters both positive interdependence and individual accountability. Students can choose to undertake a self-designed project or to continue to hone their acting craft. While this senior work takes a different form for each student, for all it must be a scholarly endeavor that creatively reflects the knowledge and experience gained both in and outside of the classroom and their ability to communicate across disciplines.

    New Visions Directing Festival

    In the fall semester, the work of our graduating MFA directors is highlighted in The New Visions Festival, which features director-driven productions of full-length classic and contemporary works, performed in a repertory setting. These productions highlight the talents of our graduating directors, providing an introduction to each director’s work and aesthetic.

    The Fall 2018 festival will feature MFA directors: Sarah Young, Rebecca Etzine, and Joseph Rizzolo.

    New Voices Playwrights Festival

    Each spring semester, the work of our graduating playwrights is showcased in a repertory of new plays, directed by the graduating directors and featuring the graduating actors. Prior to the beginning of the production series, the playwrights are also informally introduced to an invited audience of literary agents, managers, and producers at the Playwright Introduction Evening, at which excerpts of their plays are presented in a staged reading format, followed by a meet-and-greet networking reception; industry guests also receive a packet with each playwright’s biography and résumé, as well as a CD with all the plays being presented in the series for their consideration. In addition, excerpts of the plays being presented are posted online as a link alongside their production information. As with all of Drama’s showcase experiences, the Office of Career Development will facilitate invitations and networking opportunities with the appropriate industry professionals and encourages students to take advantage of their established contacts and networks to advance this opportunity.

    Selected Performance Partnerships

    Tectonic Theater Project

    First year MFA students collaborate with artists from Tectonic Theatre Project to create original devised work.

    Pig Iron Theater

    First year MFA students collaborate with artists from Pig Iron to create original devised work.

    Waterwell Theater

    BFA Juniors work with Waterwell Teaching Artists through the Collaborative Theatre Practice curriculum to create an adapted ensemble based devised theatre project.

    Ping Chong & Company

    BFA Juniors work with Ping Chong Teaching Artists through the Collaborative Theatre Practice curriculum to create original ensemble-based community theatre projects using the Undesirable Elements methodology.

    Writopia

    BFA Juniors work with Writopia to create Theater for Youth and Theater by Youth in an ensemble process.

    Cry Havoc

    BFA Juniors and Seniors work with artists from Cry Havoc to reflect on their creative practice and gain industry and professional skills.

    Capes Coaching

    BFA Juniors and Seniors work with professionals from Capes Coaching to reflect on their own creative practice and gain industry and professional skills.

    Lark Play Development Center

    3rd year MFA writers are given a professional 1 day Roundtable reading of one of their original full length plays. This Roundtable is moderated and culminates in a discussion and feedback session.

    Cherry Lane Play Reading Series

    3rd year MFA writers are given a public reading of a full-length play at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The writers work with professional directors and actors culminating in a public reading for industry professionals and audience.


  • Admission Contact

    College of Performing Arts
    Welcome Center | Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
    performingarts@newschool.edu

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