Tisch Drama to Present at SXSW EDU Conference

Monday, Feb 1, 2021

This spring, Tisch Drama alumni Bryce Dallas Howard and Nia Farrell, along with Rachel Friedman, head of Tisch Drama's Career Development & Alumni Engagement Office, will be presenting a featured session on the department's collaboration with Nine Muses Entertainment at the SXSW EDU Conference and Festival.

The annual conference event, which highlights innovation and learning in education, will take place March 9–11.

Friedman said the session will cover how the department developed the curricular partnership in collaboration with acclaimed director, actor, writer, and producer Bryce Dallas Howard and her production company Nine Muses Entertainment. 

"In this session we will talk about what we have learned in the development of the 'Lab’ model for courses and how it can be replicated at other educational institutions," she said.

Friedman explained that the partnership is one of many efforts by her office to increase career development programming, events, initiatives and courses available to Drama students, particularly in collaboration with alumni. Other initiatives include the Brendan Bradley Integrative Technology Lab, Financial Empowerment Workshops, Women's Mentorship Program, the Jump Start Series, and more.

“The Nine Muses lab is the longest-running course started within this office, and to get represented on the international stage of SXSW EDU is very exciting—it shows not only the innovation in Tisch Drama’s curricular offerings, but also the broad interest across the education landscape,” she said—a point also noted by Tisch Drama Chair Ruben Polendo. 

“Tisch Drama is so proud to be represented at this year’s SXSW EDU conference—it reflects our commitment to innovation in theatre training and education, and our commitment to provide forward-thinking opportunities for our students,” Polendo said. “I’m thrilled to see our innovative courses and practices in conversation with the larger education community and field.”

The Nine Muses Lab takes place each academic year and strives to empower students and alumni to take agency in their careers, with an emphasis on creation of their own work as “multi-hyphenate creatives.”

“This will be reflected in our panel presentation of myself, recent alumna Nia Farrell who was a student of the Lab, and Bryce Dallas Howard, also an alum and perfect example of a multi-hyphenate artist,” Friedman added. “My hope is that we can continue to build more curricular partnerships with Tisch Drama alumni who are experts in what they do and allow students to learn from folks who started exactly where they are now.”