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  • Pippin Parker, Dean of the School of Drama
  • Welcome to the School of Drama.

    Here you will find an engaged, diverse and highly-collaborative community of theater, film, media, and performance technology artists. Our students come from across the country and world to study with an award-winning faculty of some of the finest working professionals in the business. Our BFA and MFA programs are designed to prepare young theatre makers to be innovators navigating a whole new artistic and career landscape, one which requires an incredible range of skills, depth of knowledge and courageous vision.

    Students at the School of Drama are developing new plays and bringing fresh perspectives  to old works. They are making films, devising theater, creating projection designs, self-producing, acting in classrooms, studios, in site-specific venues, and in mainstage productions. They are improvising with musicians, composers, and vocalists from the College of Performing Arts as they pursue new forms of creative expression. In the heart of New York City, the cultural capital of the country and perhaps the world, our students are immersed in a community dedicated to three fundamental aspects of the arts: training, making, and meaning.

    The New School has been on the cutting  edge of education for theater artists since 1940, when world-renowned director Erwin Piscator created the Dramatic Workshop at the university, which trained some of the most important actors and writers of the 20th century. Marlon Brando, Judith Malina, Rod Steiger, Elaine Stritch, Tony Curtis, Tennessee Williams and Harry Belafonte studied at The New School under faculty including Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

    Now, well into the 21st century, we remain committed to training which is rigorous and relevant, producing artists who are artistically fearless, socially conscientious, and creatively intelligent. We value collaboration and diversity -- of backgrounds, disciplines, experiences -- because theater, film, television, and all the performing arts provide powerful forms for addressing the growing human challenges of an increasingly complex world and every voice needs to be heard and represented. Our students, as importantly, bring a much-needed spirit of joy and freedom to audiences and artists alike.

    Working with our outstanding faculty, our world-renowned artistic partners, guest artists, and community-based partners -- and with the opportunity to take classes across the university -- students at The School of Drama create theater experiences which are as unique as their own identities. They are highly motivated, deeply caring, and committed to the challenging and rewarding work of defining the present and creating the future.

    On behalf of the entire School of Drama, we invite you to find out more about our work and join the next generation of dreamers, makers and performers.

    -Pippin Parker

  • The School of Drama

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    New York, NY 10014
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