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        New York, NY 10011
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    • The School of Drama provides artists with the tools, capabilities, and hands-on experience required of the modern director: bold creativity, dramaturgical thinking, artistic sensitivity, the capacity to collaborate effectively, and leadership.

      BFA students hone their craft and artistic vision through foundational courses in directing and in acting, playwriting, and creative technologies, deepening their understanding of the theatrical disciplines and becoming more well-rounded dramatic artists. Intermediate and advanced courses, along with project-based opportunities, offer the insights and experiences that allow students to bring their unique directorial vision to a range of styles and forms, from classics to contemporary and new plays, as well as experimental and devised work. In their senior year, directing students develop their own theatrical work in the Directed Research project.

      The MFA program in Contemporary Theatre and Performance is a selective, rigorous interdisciplinary experience that contextualizes directing practices within the broader frameworks of performance, writing, and creative technologies. Working with outstanding faculty, guest artists, and professional mentors, MFA students sharpen their directorial vision, deepen their analytical skills, and expand the boundaries of their artistry. Students gain hands-on experience by developing new work, creating organic and efficient rehearsal processes, and navigating a full production. Through innovative courses in design, creative technology, film, and multimedia, students learn to apply their directing skills beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline, creating work across forms and media and gaining unique preparation for a 21st-century career.

  • Degree Programs

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

  • These working directors bring years of industry experience into the classroom to develop an inspired and robust curriculum:

  • 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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