Tisch Drama Announces New Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement

Thursday, Oct 4, 2018

Rachel Friedman at website workshop

Rachel Friedman discusses digital strategies during an actor website workshop

This fall, Tisch Drama is proud to announce its new Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement, dedicated to providing students and graduates with the resources and guidance they need to launch and maintain sustainable careers in the performing arts.  

Led by Rachel Friedman, the office offers department-wide events with leading artists and professionals, in-studio collaborations, and personal coaching to help students plan for the next steps in their careers.

“The office will be reflective of what creative careers entail in the ever-changing field of the performing arts,” Friedman said, “in areas such as the use of technology, building sustainable lifestyle practices, developing your own entrepreneurial spirit, and what it actually means to be a ‘multi-hyphenate creative.’”

Additionally, the office serves alumni in various stages of their careers. For recent graduates, it provides ongoing career development support through events, workshops, networking opportunities, and more. For mid-career alumni, it creates programs that build on their successes. The office also serves to connect alumni to each other, the department, and Tisch, through a database that will enable intentional outreach, interaction, and mentorship. 

“Our goal for the Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement is to prepare students for next steps in their careers and to provide alumni with resources, networks, and systems that support their ongoing professional growth,” said Friedman.

Toward that end, Friedman initiates and maintains relationships with professionals in the performing arts and beyond to provide a rich array of opportunities and resources to the Tisch Drama community. These include internships, audition notices, job opportunities, career advising sessions, bridge opportunities for recent alumni, and more.

The office has a robust lineup of special events this fall. On October 11, it will host a graduate school panel featuring speakers from NYU graduate programs and a representative from the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA). And on November 1, the office will present an internship fair with a wide range of opportunities from casting offices, production companies, theatre companies, arts service organizations, and arts education entitites.

Stop by the office at 721 Broadway, Suite 320, or email Rachel Friedman at rachel.friedman@nyu.edu to learn more.

Career Development Drop-In Hours are every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m.