Field Studies

This invaluable week in Manhattan, conducted for seniors the week before spring break, has grown in recent years. It is a vital link in the students’ transition to the “real world” of theater. All day every day of the week, seniors meet in small groups with alumni to learn more about such diverse areas as performance (in film and TV as well as on stage), agency and casting work, technical and design opportunities, management work available in Manhattan, and so on.

In addition, tech and design students are taken on backstage tours of theaters; B.A. theatre studies students, and in some cases management and design students, take tours of the downtown and uptown theater scene. In the last few years, students have had the opportunity to tour the Public Theatre, the Irish Rep, and the New York Theatre Workshop.

Seniors see four plays during the course of the week as well, and some of the students have an opportunity to see readings of new work, in addition to seeing Broadway and off-Broadway productions.