The New School for Drama
|Location||New York City, NY, USA|
|Affiliations||The New School|
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.
- 1 Masters Program
- 2 Undergraduate Program
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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.
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. 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.
artist in residence
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) and John Patrick Shanley (2006–07), director Doug Hughes (2007–08), and actor John Turturro (2008–09).
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.
The BFA in Dramatic Arts is a multidisciplinary, studio driven program that combines courses in acting, writing, directing, aesthetic inquiry, and creative technologies. Through artistic training and project-based learning in various media, the students learn the skills of collaboration and artistic choice-making. They are then offered an array of electives in these different disciplines. The students may choose a focus, and utilize these electives to concentrate their study on a specific discipline. Students may also use electives to take a variety of different classes for a variety of theatrical disciplines.
The professional training provided by the program includes foundational courses, theater electives, general electives, research methods studios, reflective learning opportunities, performance and production opportunities, and a collaborative capstone experience.
BFA students make connections between concept and practice, and gain an increased familiarity with the works and intentions of playwrights, directors, and performers in both the Western and non-Western worlds.
Part of The New School
BFA students at the School for Drama can take classes at Parsons and Eugene Lang College. Students can also choose a minor at Lang.
True to The New School’s history as a progressive university, the BFA curriculum focuses on civic engagement and global awareness in the studio and classroom, and through related fieldwork. Critical thinking, creative analysis, and personal development are cultivated through coursework and self-reflective learning portfolios.
The full curriculum can be found here. The course descriptions can be found on the top right column of the same page.
Educational Values and Learning Objectives
Creativity and Courage
Creativity allows us to imagine innovative artistic responses to circumstances and ideas—and use different techniques to solve problems. Courage gives us space to take intellectual and creative risks, accepting failure as part of the creative process.
Effective communications are rooted in the ability to listen actively and express oneself clearly and with intention in spoken, written, non-verbal, visual, and performative domains.
Critical Thinking and Reflection
Critical thinking and reflection enable us to interpret and evaluate information from multiple perspectives—and to analyze, judge, define, question, organize, and prioritize information.
Civic Engagement and Global Perspective
Being a citizen-student means collaborating with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities inside and outside of the university setting, respecting your own and others' personal and cultural histories.
Integrative and Interdisciplinary Profiles
The increasing complexities of modern culture—and the challenges of non-linear career trajectories—require that we be able to think, research, and communicate across disciplines.
Collaborative Process and Teamwork
Collaboration and teamwork foster both positive interdependence and individual accountability. An effective collaborator combines all the qualities, skills, and actions described above.
The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson, directed by Shelly Wyant
New Works Play Festival
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Arthur Miller