Student Life

The New School for Drama is part of The New School, a leading university in New York City that has stood for artistic and intellectual freedom and a commitment to social responsibility since its founding in 1919. True to this tradition, The New School for Drama prepares students to make thoughtful and provocative art, work collaboratively on creative projects, and be agents of positive social change.

The New School for Drama Difference

In marked contrast to all but a handful of America’s dramatic education institutions, The New School for Drama is located in America’s cultural capital, New York City—a fact of which we and our students take frequent, rewarding advantage. We are well equipped to tap New York’s unique resources, offering our students a non-stop sampling of the city’s dazzling array of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, performing arts spaces, and museums.

The New School for Drama utilizes its close relationship with New York’s producers and theater owners, on and off Broadway, to secure tickets to some of the city’s most exciting theatrical events, from the first American visit of the Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg to Tony Award-winning productions on Broadway to private screenings of major new films.

151 Bank Street

Community is at the heart of the New School for Drama experience. Unique to 151 Bank street, Friday afternoons are set aside for students to have 'cafe' time, an informal exchange of ideas, table readings, creative process, and collaboration.

It is the perfect time for group work, not just with students in your classes, but with BFA and MFA students, with your faculty, and with staff members. With cafe seating on the first floor, lockers, rehearsal rooms, and a theater, often students spend an entire day in the building creating, rehearsing, and collaborating on new projects.

Living in NYC

The New School is located in one of New York’s most interesting communities, Greenwich Village. Once the intellectual and artistic center of New York, the Village has regained that cachet with the urban renewal that has turned the Flatiron District into America’s publishing capital, Soho into the liveliest fine-arts community in the country, and Tribeca into a film and cultural center.

Since service industries follow commerce, the Village and its surrounding areas of Chelsea, Soho, Tribeca, Lower Fifth Avenue, Washington Square, and Union Square are now among New York’s most sought after residential and commercial addresses. Across America, few big-city universities can boast as charming and stimulating an environment.

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