The School of Drama currently offers a number of events showcasing the work of our actors, directors, and playwrights.
The School of Drama presents two annual Actor Showcases each spring, providing graduating actors with a formal introduction to agent and casting professionals. A Facebook brochure with each graduating actor’s headshot and contact information is distributed to more than 800 agents, managers, and casting directors in the weeks before the event and in an online posting of their headshots and résumés for industry review. All attending professionals receive an additional Facebook, along with materials requesting follow-up from the actors.
In past years, MFA students received requests from Amerfilm Casting, Atlas Talent Agency, Binder Casting, Barry-Haft-Brown Talent Agency, Hartig Hilepo Agency, Innovative Talent, Warner Brothers Television & Film Casting, Abrams Artists Agency, William Morris Agency, Independent Artists Agency, Telsey + Company, Don Buchwald and Associates, The Mine, Paradigm, RadioActive Talent, Stuart Howard Associates, Lincoln Center Theatre, ABC Television Casting, Todd Thaler Casting, CESD, Fifi Oscard Agency, Innovative Artists, DDO Artists Agency, Atlantic Theater Company, Henderson/Hogan, and many others.
This festival highlights the culminating work of the BFA Dramatic Arts students, exploring their training in technique, the depth of their critical inquiry skills, and the contextualization of their work through the lens of citizen-artist. During their senior year, students design, research, and present a work that embodies these core skills. Each independent project requires the best application of students' analytical, research, and presentation skills and performative practice and fosters both positive interdependence and individual accountability. Students can choose to undertake a self-designed project or to continue to hone their acting craft. Some students have chosen to work on both. While this senior work takes a different form for each student, for all it must be a scholarly endeavor that creatively reflects the knowledge and experience gained both in and outside of the classroom and their ability to communicate across disciplines.
In the fall semester, the School of Drama presents The Directors’ Play Festival, featuring productions of full-length classic and contemporary works, performed in a repertory setting. These director-driven productions highlight the talents of our graduating directors and actors, providing an introduction to each director’s work and aesthetic and presenting an industry opportunity for the graduating actors. All industry guests will receive a packet featuring the performance director’s biography and résumé, as well as the headshots and résumés of the performing actors. In addition, each director’s résumé will be posted online as a link alongside his or her production information. The Office of Career Development will facilitate industry invitations and networking opportunities with artistic directors and associates and encourages students to take advantage of their established contacts and networks to advance this opportunity.
Each spring semester, the work of our graduating playwrights is showcased in a repertory of new plays, directed by the graduating directors and featuring the graduating actors. Prior to the beginning of the production series, the playwrights are also informally introduced to an invited audience of literary agents, managers, and producers at the Playwright Introduction Evening, at which excerpts of their plays are presented in a staged reading format, followed by a meet-and-greet networking reception; industry guests also receive a packet with each playwright’s biography and résumé, as well as a CD with all the plays being presented in the series for their consideration. In addition, excerpts of the plays being presented are posted online as a link alongside their production information. As with all of Drama’s showcase experiences, the Office of Career Development will facilitate invitations and networking opportunities with the appropriate industry professionals and encourages students to take advantage of their established contacts and networks to advance this opportunity.