The New School for Drama

The New School
New York, New York, United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
3 years
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Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree holder from The New School, or an accredited college or university.


  • Year One: Discovery Integral to the acting track is a step-by-step understanding and development of basic skills in acting and text discovery. The classroom is treated as a laboratory—you explore your imaginary process via games, story-telling, and sensory and word exercises. In the second semester, you probe accessible texts in scene work. You also plumb your vocal and physical self. Vocally, you open your instrument using non-text exercises, poems, classical verse, and music. In movement classes, you learn a basic awareness of your physical self.


  • Year Two: Structure This year centers on the development and application of structure. In addition, you present one-act plays for the public. Acting - The demands of monologue and scene work are introduced by exploring character in a performance context. Classes utilize a wide range of material including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, O’Neill, Miller, and recent American playwrights. Voice - Shakespearean sonnets, speeches, and other classical materials are used to develop a further understanding of the connection between vocal work and acting power. Work on dialects/accents is begun, and musical theater is introduced. Movement - You work with period style and dance, masks, stage combat, and more exotic forms.


  • Year Three: Production The final year focuses on productions and professional preparation. In the first half of the year, personal and collaborative skills developed in the first two years culminate in an explosion of full theatrical productions, including experimental pieces, cabarets, exotic musicals, classics with an edge, and original full-length plays. The second half of the year is devoted mainly to the practical aspects of entering the acting profession; you attend sessions with producers, directors, writers, actors, casting directors, and agents. In addition, you rehearse the industrial showcase—a realization of your three years of work and a presentation of your skills to the professional world.

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