Professional Development

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    The Office of Professional Development assists students to better navigate their careers in the industry. Building a career in today's challenging employment environment requires more than exceptional writing, directing or performance skills. The office provides extensive services directed at helping students and graduates succeed in their career objectives. The following information provides a brief overview of these services:

  • Individual Consultations

    Students are strongly encouraged to work individually with the Office of Professional Development staff, beginning with their first year of study at Drama. The staff are available to listen to ideas, make suggestions, and offer assistance. They also help research opportunities; teach new skills; build strategic plans; write cover and submission letters; review headshots, résumés, and application materials; and make networking connections. Individual consultations are scheduled with the department's director, Robert Hoyt, and can be made during normal business hours, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, in room 205, 151 Bank Street. To schedule an appointment, please call 212.229.5859 x2630 or stop by the Professional Development office.

    Professional Development Colloquia, Seminars, and Workshops

    The Office of Professional Development offers numerous seminars throughout the academic year for current students. Topics include headshot and résumé development; audition intensives; and introductions to agents, managers, literary personnel, and artistic directors. Playwright and director panels are also offered. Seminar teachers and guests include top industry leaders and innovators. Workshop opportunities are posted on your New School email account and on the Professional Development bulletin board, on the second floor of the School of Drama, 151 Bank Street.

    Resource Library

    Located in The Office of Professional Development is a resource library of periodical, reference, and job list materials, which are available during office hours. In addition to magazines such as Backstage, American Theatre, Dramatists and ArtSearch, the library contains information ranging from fellowship resources to directories of theaters, talent and casting agencies, and many other professional organizations. There is also a listing of internship and employment opportunities, updated at the beginning of each week. 

    Showcase Opportunities

    The School of Drama currently has a number of opportunities to showcase the work of our actors, directors, and playwrights.

    Actor Showcase
    The School of Drama presents an annual Actor Showcase each spring, providing graduating actors with a formal introduction to agent and casting professionals. A Face Book 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 Face Book, along with materials requesting follow-up from the actors. In past years, 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.

    NEW VISIONS Directing Festival
    In the fall semester, the School of Drama presents The Directors' Play Festival, featuring presentations 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, as well as 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 their production information. The Office of Career Development will facilitate industry invitations and networking opportunities with artistic directors and associates, and encourages the students to take advantage of their established contacts and networks to advance this opportunity.

    NEW VOICES Playwrights Festival
    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 in the Playwright Introduction Evening, where 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 will be 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.

    For additional Career Development resources, please visit the New School Career Development website.