Laurel Bear serves as the Assistant Director for External Affairs at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She previously acted as writer and researcher in the same office since January 2012.
Bear coordinates the school's stewardship efforts, works on institutional fundraising, and crafts language for all stages of development, liaising with offices across the university. She plays a key role in managing and distributing funded aid to Tisch students. Bear also serves alongside her colleagues to execute the annual Tisch Gala, which raises more than $1 million in support of student scholarships.
A graduate of Oberlin College's Theater Department, Bear began her New York City development career at the Broadway and Off-Broadway nonprofit theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club.