Drama

Student Life

  • The School of 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, School of Drama prepares students to make thoughtful and provocative art, work collaboratively on creative projects, and be agents of positive social change.

    Break the fourth wall.

    Central to our curriculum is a firm belief in the importance of relevant art that’s capable of triggering social change. We are committed to giving our students opportunities to create real experiences that can affect lives. Our BFA students pursue two semesters of coursework that encourages them to interact with the world as citizen artists. They travel around the globe to be part of critical initiatives and discover the power of creative interaction.

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    151 Bank Street

    Community is at the heart of the School of 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, students often spend an entire day in the building creating, rehearsing, and collaborating on new projects.

    Living in NYC

    In marked contrast to all but a handful of America’s dramatic education institutions, School of Drama is located in America’s cultural capital, New York City. 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 theaters, cinemas, concert halls, performing arts spaces, and museums.

    We utilize our 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.

    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.

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