Production & Design Artistic Review

For candidates who wish to train as stage managers and costume, lighting, sound and scenic designers. As part of your artistic review, you will be asked to indicate a primary area of interest as well as a secondary area of interest.

As a precautionary response to COVID-19-related restrictions, Tisch Drama will be conducting all artistic reviews digitally for the upcoming 2022 admissions cycle.




The portfolio review is a discussion with your evaluator about your interest in and ideas about your chosen area(s) of specialization, along with your accomplishments and experience in the field thus far.

Please bring the following supporting materials to your artistic review:

  • A résumé and recent photograph

  • A statement of purpose – a one-page essay responding to the question:
    “What do you want from your college experience?”

    • In addition to bringing a hard copy with you, you will upload your statement to the Drama Artistic Review portal ahead of time.

  • A portfolio to be presented at the time of the artistic review. Your portfolio should showcase three to five of your recent projects that highlight your contribution to the production. It may contain photographs, drawings, sketches, research, sound cues, drafting, etc. that demonstrate your experiences. Managers should present one or two scripts that demonstrate your organization, coordination and communication skills. If you have had art classes – drawing, painting, photography, etc. – please include some examples of that work.  (You will keep your portfolio after the interview.)


You will have an opportunity to converse with your evaluator during or after discussing your portfolio. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little bit. We've looked at your work as an artist and now we want to learn about you as a person.


As a precautionary response to COVID-19-related restrictions, Tisch Drama will be conducting all artistic reviews digitally for the upcoming 2022 admissions cycle. Please refer to Digital Submissions for more information.


Once accepted, Production and Design students are placed in the Production and Design Studio to complete two years of foundational artistic training.  Once primary training is completed, students move on to focused, individualized studio work with the student’s design or management instructor and internships in the New York industry. Please visit the Production and Design studio's website to learn more about the program.


You will reserve a morning or afternoon session for your artistic review.  You should expect to be with us for the entire session.  Sessions are approximately three hours. All candidates arrive at the same time to check in.  For the most part, morning sessions begin at 9:00 and afternoon sessions at 2:00.

What should you put in your portfolio? Include three or four projects that you are really proud to present and that showcase your talents. Try to show us the arc of your overall experience—from initial ideas to research to first and revised sketches to photographs of the show.
If you’ve done other kinds of work—haunted houses, lighting a friend's band, producing a fashion show, ceramics, 2D & 3D computer art—put it in! Your portfolio represents the work you have done so far. We'll use that material as a jumping off point for fun conversation.

— Advice from a Production & Design Evaluator