The New School for Drama

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School of Drama
The New School for Drama
Established 2005


Director Pippin Parker
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Postgraduates 121
Location New York City, NY, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations The New School

School of Drama is the New School's multidisciplinary training program for theater arts, located at 151 Bank Street, and 55 West 13th Street New York City.

The graduate program was established in 2005 and grants Masters of Fine Arts degrees in acting, directing and playwriting. Its early predecessor was the Dramatic Workshop (1940–49).

The undergraduate program was established in 2013 and offers students a multidisciplinary, studio-driven program that combines courses in acting, directing and playwriting. The four-year program grants a BFA in the Dramatic Arts.

Masters Program[edit]


The New School's theatrical MFA program was originally founded in 1994 in association with the Actors Studio. The program existed as the Actors Studio Drama School until 2005, when the contract with the Studio came to end.[1]

Following the split, New School President Bob Kerrey announced that the program would continue without the Studio as the New School for Drama, with Robert LuPone as Director. As a consequence, the classes of 2006 and 2007 enrolled in the Actors Studio Drama School, and graduated from the New School for Drama.[2] 4 The program is a three-year intensive, offering Masters of Fine Arts in Acting, Directing or Playwriting. The curriculum is highly collaborative, with students from all three majors working closely together.[3]


Current faculty for the MFA program includes Ron Leibman, Kathryn Rossetter, Christopher Shinn, Jon Robin Baitz, Daniel Aukin, Peter J. Fernandez and Michael Weller.[4]

artist in residence[edit]

For the 2014–15 school year Mark Ruffalo is the New School for Drama's artist in residence. Previous artists in residence have included David Hare (2013-2014), Kathleen Chalfant, playwrights Jon Robin Baitz (2009–10)[5] and John Patrick Shanley (2006–07),[6] director Doug Hughes (2007–08),[7] and actor John Turturro (2008–09).[8]






Undergraduate Program[edit]


School of Drama's undergraduate program welcomed its inaugural class in August 2013. The inaugural class of 2017 comprises fifty young artists studying the disciplines of acting, directing, playwriting, and the Creative Technologies.


The first-year faculty is made up of a variety of working artists of different disciplines. Many of these faculty members also teach courses for the MFA program.