It's All Happening at the Park School

A hub of innovation, collaboration, and mentoring

The Park School houses centers, programs, and events that compliment our curriculum and infuse new ideas not only into our student community, but to the entire campus, our local area, and to the wider media industry. 

Our building is abuzz with visitors every day - we bring in a range of scholars and outstanding professionals for speaker series, technical workshops, screenings, and awards. We have a deep and loyal alumni base and you can find them speaking in person or via video conference to classes  and clubs.

Speakers and Workshops

  • Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer,  has been lauded for her career filmmaking with the Producer Award from the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  She co-founded the impactful independent film and television production company Killer Films in 1995. Killer’s Oscar-winning films have included Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. Its Oscar-nominated films have included Todd Haynes’ Carol, I’m Not There, and Far from Heaven. She is doing lectures and panels on financing independent films.
  • Dannielle Bowman is one of our Emerging Diversity Artists and will be in residency the week of March 18.  She is a visual artist working with photography and video. Bowman received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Camera Club of New York. She has also had residencies with the Center for Photography at Woodstock and PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, Germany.
  • Dr. Jean Twenge, author of i-Gen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.  You can watch her interview here 
  • Celebrating the launch of our Live Event Design and Management minor, we hosted a panel of alumni: Amy Kule ’87, founder and CEO of Merry Wonderer and former group vice president for Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group, Doug Weisman ’78, president and producer/director of Weisman Video Productions and former chairman of Videolink; Marc Wollin ’78, video and event writer/producer/director and stage manager for such companies as the NBA and Bank of America and Ed Alpern ’78, owner of Alpern Communications.

  • Caitlyn Burns, transmedia storyworld producer Caitlin Burns has works on global blockbuster feature films, award-winning television shows, AAA console games to VR, AR, Mixed Reality and WebVR.

  • Park Post, an informal group of staff and students interested in post-production, host regular speakers and workshops such as Park alum and editor Sarah Goldberg who discussed her experience on AVID, the Editors Guild, and working in LA. 

Additional Annual Events & Programming

Park Tank, our version of Shark Tank, provides a platform for students to pitch entrepreneurial media ideas to a panel of alumni and professionals and to win cash prizes and mentoring.

Creative Crunch is an advertising contest held each semester where student teams have 4 hours to develop and pitch an advertising concept to professionals.

The fall 2018 Creative Crunch contest featured Tabasco as the "client"