This spring, Tisch Drama's Office of Career Development & Alumni Engagement, headed up by Rachel Friedman, launched the Jump Start Series, a free, single-day virtual workshop designed to empower participants to propel their careers to the next level. The first session in the series focused on creating a plan in any circumstances. Participants left the session with a personalized plan, which they could implement right away.
The offering is in addition to a workshop titled "Producing Your Life," as part of the ongoing Women's Mentorship Program, which pairs female-identifying students interested in arts management with some of New York's top female cultural leaders, and the Broadway On-Demand Internship Program, which offered Tisch Drama students the opportunity to work with the premiere streaming service.
Friedman said the sessions and programming highlight the ongoing efforts of the office—which will be recognized this year at the SXSW EDU Conference for the Nine Muses Lab, a collaboration with Bryce Dallas Howard.
"These events and initiatives offer a variety of ways for students to engage with professionals from the field, as well as to create personal sustainable artistic practices and active goals centered on their growth and learning—no matter what uncertainty may come their way," Friedman said.
One student provided anonymous feedback: "It's so important to connect with mentors in the field—to realize that this career is possible—and to receive tools to identify and strive towards my career goals."