Our Graduates Are on the Move

When students graduate from Tisch Drama, they join a diverse, accomplished, collaborative community that reflects the next generation of artists and leaders in the field. Graduates go on to build successful careers across artistic disciplines—not only as actors, but also as writers, managers, designers, directors, producers, educators, and more. The department’s unique combination of rigorous studio training with comprehensive academic study ensures that students develop key transferable skills, qualifying them to excel in a myriad of professional roles.

From first-year orientation to commencement, and beyond, the department supports its students and alumni, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and personal connections to build robust, sustainable careers.

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Career Development and Alumni Engagement

Tisch Drama’s Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement empowers current students and alumni to take agency over their careers in the field of theatre and performing arts. In addition to curating events and programming with leading artists and professionals, the office provides one-on-one coaching, cover letter and headshot review, access to exclusive casting and job opportunities, networking events, and much more.

The office aims to reflect the diversity of creative careers in the modern age and what they entail, including entrepreneurship, personal branding, the use of technology, development of sustainable lifestyle practices, what it means to be a “multi-hyphenate creative,” and more.

Examples of previous career development programs include:

  • Website Workshop with Wix: This event, open to both students and alumni, brought together representatives from the website building platform wix.com and a casting director to discuss best practices for creating a personal website.

  • Graduate School Panel: Featuring speakers from graduate programs at NYU and a representative from the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA), experts discussed a myriad of topics including: should you go to graduate school, when is the right time to go to graduate school, the varied options for graduate programs from MA to MFA to PhD, and more.

  • Internship Fair: With representatives from casting offices, production companies, theatre companies, and more, this event—exclusive to Tisch Drama—provided opportunities for students and alumni to connect with professionals across the field and learn more about internships.

Additionally, the office continues to collaborate with alumni to help students develop skills in areas of interest. Programs include the Brendan Bradley Innovation Lab, exploring technology in live performance; the Nine Muses Entertainment Storytelling Lab, a collaboration with Bryce Dallas Howard; and many others. Programs continue to be developed.

The office’s goal is that Tisch Drama students and alumni will continue to feel confident in navigating their careers, having established a strong foundation that includes knowledge of the field, professional exposure, a strong sense of self, and the skills to build exciting, sustainable futures.

Have questions, comments, or ideas? Don't hesitate to reach out to Rachel Friedman who manages the Tisch Drama Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement at rachel.friedman@nyu.edu.

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