Drama Program Experiential Learning and Internships
As soon as their first year on campus, students in Hofstra University’s Drama Program may take advantage of opportunities that give practical experience in theatrical performance and production.
On campus, students at varying levels of performing and production experience are encouraged to explore and build their skills in different theatrical styles – from musicals and contemporary plays to Shakespearian and period plays. In addition to performing, there are opportunities to work on back stage crews, production construction crews, and in costume, set and lighting design.
Hofstra’s close proximity to Manhattan means the Drama Program has very strong connections with many theater companies, offering internships in performance and all different aspects of production. There are also internships in areas such casting, marketing, producing and publicity that give students a deeper understanding of the business aspects of the performing arts.
Examples of companies Department of Drama and Dance students have interned with include:
- ABC Television
- Airmid Theater Company
- Atlantic Records
- Bay Street Theater
- Beyond the Box Productions
- Disney World, Orlando
- Fat Melon Productions
- New York Fringe Festival
- Pulse Ensemble Theatre
- Rabbit Hole Ensemble Theatre
- Richard Frankel Productions
- Yale Repertory Company
The Department of Drama and Dance posts internship and job openings on poowabah.info, a departmentally-sponsored blog, which reflects the collaborative and community-minded atmosphere of the Drama and Dance Department.
Students may pursue internships in a variety of ways. They may respond to postings, contact their departmental adviser for assistance in securing an internship, consult with The Hofstra Career Center and the Office of Off-Campus Education (OCE), or do their own networking and research. The Drama and Dance Department allows students to receive academic credit for internships related to their studies. Faculty advisers are assigned to and support students throughout the course of the internship process.