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Career Potential

Students with a major in drama graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today's competitive performing arts industry. Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in drama, 100 percent of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $38,000.

Examples of Where Our Recent Alumni are Working:

  • Ballet Austin
  • Walt Disney Company
  • America's Got Talent
  • Warner Bros. Records
  • New York International Fringe Festival
  • 12th Street Films
  • Actor's Co-op
  • Barrington (MA) Stage Company
  • Bay Colony (MA) Shakespeare Company
  • Columbia Artists Theatricals
  • Daryl Roth Theatre
  • DirecTV
  • iHeartMedia
  • Live Nation
  • Playwrights Horizons
  • Rachael Ray Show
  • Theater Now New York
  • Town Hall Concert Hall
  • Yelp

Additionally, some of our recent graduates are pursuing advanced degrees at institutions such as:

  • UCLA
  • Emerson College
  • Yale University
  • Columbia University
  • Rutgers University
  • Antioch University
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Hofstra University
  • Kent State University
  • University of Connecticut

* Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

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Look what our alumni are doing!

Samantha Cunha '13 is artistic director and founder and Michael Quadrino '12 is co-founder of Uncompromising Artistry Productions.

Joe Morton plays the villainous “Rowan Pope” on ABC's Scandal, a role for which he won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama in 2014. He starred in the off-Broadway play Turn Me Loose in the summer of 2016 about civil rights activist Dick Gregory. He also appeared in the film Batman vs. Superman as Silas Stone and will reprise that role in the 2017 Justice League film.

On ABC, Susan Sullivan '64 plays the spotlight-seeking Martha Rodgers in Castle. Ben Pike '10 (CTM Artists) played young Bob Dylan in the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis,and Ariya Ghahramani '09  is on the new HBO show The Night Of. Mark DiConzo '05 (Judy Boals Agency) played the lead in the award-winning independent film, How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song,and stars in the forthcoming Unnerved. He has appeared recently on television in shows such as Elementary, Person of Interest, Six Degrees, Ugly Betty, Watching The DetectivesLipstick Jungle,and 30 Rock.

Mel Johnson Jr. '71 (known for roles in Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) had a starring role in the off-Broadway play The Road to Damascus at the 59E59 Theaters in early 2015.

Kevin Shinick '91 (Creative Artists) is best known for creating MAD, Cartoon Network's #1 rated animated series based on the iconic humor magazine. Kevin's role as creator/producer/writer and main voice talent earned him a 2012 Emmy and Annie nomination for Outstanding Short Format Animated Program. Kevin is equally known for his work on Robot Chicken, Adult Swim's stop-motion sketch series where he won a 2010 Emmy Award. Dorian Brown '02 (Domain Talent) starred as Kristen Newman in the series Wilfred, which ended its run on FX in 2014. Leslie Segrete is co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, The Money Pit. She's known for her work as a carpenter and designer for TLC's hit series Trading Space sand While You Were Out, and the A&E series $100 Makeover which helped people sort through their clutter to find design treasures.

On the stage … In 2016-2017 Julie Halston starred in the play The Babylon Line at the Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. She also appeared in a 25th anniversary concert production of The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall andin the Broadway revivals of On the Town and You Can't Take It With You.  Versatile actor Fred Berman '94 (Stewart Talent) continues to star on Broadway as “Timon” in The Lion King,and can also be heard on multiple video games including Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto. Then there's James Barbour '88 (Talent Works), who took over the title role in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in February 2015. He has also starred in Broadway's Tale of Two Cities, Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Assassins. In spring 2014 he played “Jean Valjean” in Les Miserables at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in California. In 2013 at Irish Rep he starred Donnybrook!,a new musical based on The Quiet ManMargaret Colin, (Innovative Artists) star of the TV series Gossip Girl (2007-2013)appeared on stage in in the American premiere of Tony-winner Dennis Kelly's Taking Care of Baby for Manhattan Theatre Club's 2013-14 off-Broadway season. She also starred in The Columnist for MTC opposite John Lithgow. 

Tom McGowan '81 starred on Broadway in She Loves Me in 2016, Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina in 2014, and in Wicked, both on Broadway and in the national tour. Peter Friedman received a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and 2014 Drama League Award Nomination for Distinguished Performance for his work in The Open House. For his work in the 2012-2013 off-Broadway play The Great God Pan, he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He can also be seen in the Hulu series The Path and was in the Showtime drama The Affair.

Arturo E Porazzi ’73, production stage manager for Broadway, industrials and special events, has dozens of Broadway shows to his credit, among them Come From Away (2017), The Illusionists (2015), First Date (2013), Memphis (’09-12), Xanadu (’07), Chita Rivera The Dancer’s Life (’05), 42nd Street ('02-'04), Marie Christine (’99), Triumph Of Love (’97) and Victor Victoria (‘95-97).

In production: Rachel Calter '14 is an assistant stage manager at The York Theatre Company. Bryan Chess '14 is an entertainment technician at Walt Disney World. Nic Christopher '15 is master electrician at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Lindsey Elhai '12 is working in costuming at Walt Disney World. Havi Elkaim '06 recently designed costumes for Adrien Brody film, Manhattan NightLee Moore '11 is working as a professional scenic artist in Chicago. Veronica Sipp '16 is a costume designer at The New York International Fringe Festival.

Of course, there are the stars and creative talents who are never out of the spotlight – among them, Lainie Kazan, Phil Rosenthal '81Susan H. Schulman, and Francis Ford CoppolaJoan See '55 wrote the book on commercials, and the spirit of Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theater Company is still with us.

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