Program Spotlight: The New School

If you are looking for a school that is in the heart of New York City, has an abundance of performance opportunities and allows student to audition in and around the city – you should be applying to The New School.

The New School’s College of Performing Arts is comprised of three schools: The School of Jazz, Mannes School of Music, and the School of Drama—all within the larger university, The New School.

Within each school, students collaborate with their classmates—actors with directors, composers with musicians—making boundaries disappear between majors. In the three performing arts schools, musicians, playwrights, actors, and directors join forces—taking classes and performing together. Across The New School, performing arts students can pursue minors and courses in every discipline: liberal arts, design, technology, and management, to name a few.

We had a chance to chat with Georgia Schmitt, the Director of Admissions at The New School about what exactly makes The New School so unique. Check out her insightful answers:

What are some popular student driven groups or organizations on campus?

New School students play a very active role in the life of the university. From informal clubs to student unions, art shows to film festivals, there are hundreds of opportunities outside the classroom. We have more than 35 recognized student organizations, including the Student Film Collective, Association for International Development, Students for Social Justice, New School Game Club, Students of the African Diaspora, and New Light Opera. We’re always open to more clubs – if you have an idea, you can make it happen.

What are the performance opportunities on-campus?

The students who come to our college hit the stage running. They start training like artists the moment they set foot on campus. We surround them with legendary teachers and mentors who expect the kind of commitment and discipline exhibited by the most intrepid creators. We encourage real-world experiences that demand courage, mastery, and excellence. We are one of the few colleges that allow students to audition and perform throughout the city. With over 600 performances every year, no wonder we’ve helped launch some of the world’s greatest performers in our hundred-year history.

What do you look for in a potential student?

We seek students who show curiosity, creativity, and the courage to unlock their full potential.

What are three words you would use to describe the students that attend The New School?

Forces of new.

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About Chelsea Diehl

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