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        New York, NY 10011
        212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

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    • Creating stories to be performed on stage and on camera requires equal parts artistry and craft. At the School of Drama, students work closely with our award-winning faculty to discover their authentic voice while learning how to construct dramatic narratives that are compelling, insightful, honest and provocative. Beyond the classroom, writers continue their training as both dramatists and collaborative artists through the practical, hands-on experience of developing original scripts in rehearsal and production.

      Students combine their passion with inspirational training as they prepare for a career as dramatic writers of theater, film, and television. Students explore emotional and behavioral truth, and develop an awareness and understanding of the range and depth of human experiences. Graduates enter the performing arts industry as citizen artists, fusing writing, directing, and acting together, while also exploring contemporary issues related to social justice. 

      Playwriting students train with some of the most highly accomplished dramatists in the country. These faculty will become your mentors, sharing their extensive expertise in all types of media and their first-hand knowledge of the current professional landscape.

      BFA in Dramatic Arts students hone their writing craft and artistic vision by taking foundation courses in playwriting, as well as in acting, directing, and creative technologies, cultivating well-rounded dramatic artists. Students can chart their own course by choosing electives based on their interests, gaining knowledge and inspiration from courses in the liberal arts, design, media, entrepreneurship, and more from across The New School's colleges.

      In the School of Drama's three-year MFA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance, writers explore the intersections between dramatic writing, performance, directing, and technology alongside a selective cohort of passionate peers, working in traditional and experimental forms and building their capacities not only as writers but also as collaborative artists. Students build a portfolio of produced pieces, including 10-minute plays, one-acts, and full-lengths. A making-based approach means students develop practical, multidisciplinary skills across a wide range of performance environments — onstage, on screen, or out in the community.

  • Degree Programs

    Learn more about the interdisciplinary degrees offered in the School of Drama:

  • These working professionals bring years of industry experience into the classroom, partnering with students to develop who they are as writers.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Go beyond the edge of the stage. Discover new ways to unleash your talent and potential. Through our performance opportunities, you have the chance to bring your art to life while gaining hands-on experience through creative experimentation.

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    Collaborative Partnerships

    Create bold, innovative theater under the guidance of industry leaders.

    Take devised collaborative theater production to new heights. Through the School of Drama's partnerships with companies like the Tectonic Theater Project, you'll have the opportunity to stage theater productions in new ways. Collaborate directly with teaching artists from these companies and our faculty as you develop skills outside of your discipline and learn how to employ every element of theater — including lights, props, costumes, and text — in creating narratives.

    Creative Café

    Where entrepreneurial drive and creative expression collide.

    Have a creative vision you want to bring to life? Creative Café is the spot. Creative Café offers BFA students the opportunity to propose and produce self-directed projects with resources from the School of Drama. Work under the close guidance of a faculty advisor, getting hands-on producing experience as you manage a project from start to finish. Develop the skills you will need as a professional artist while collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students from across the New School community to bring your studio performance to life. A creative and entrepreneurial spirit is required.

    MFA Cinema Project Workshop

    Narrative short filmmaking through interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Collaborate with fellow graduate students from the College of Performing Arts on the development, production, and completion of an original short film. The Cinema Project Workshop pairs MFA Drama writers, directors, and actors with producers, cinematographers, editors, and sound designers from the School of Media Studies. During the fall semester, you'll master the theories and principles of filmmaking through a series of short projects. In the spring, you'll join a student production team to bring an original screenplay, featuring scores by Mannes and Jazz composers, to life.

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