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Drama: 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 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities, 99 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 $36,000.

Examples of where our recent alumni are working:

  • 3Axis Studios
  • America's Got Talent
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Barrington Stage Company
  • Daryl Roth Theatre
  • Rachael Ray Show
  • Taylor Hodson Staffing
  • TodayTix
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Warner Brothers Records

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

  • Columbia University
  • CUNY City College of New York
  • New York University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety

Look what our alumni are doing!

There are the stars and creative talents who are always in the spotlight – among them, Lainie Kazan, Phil Rosenthal '81, 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.

Ariya Ghahramani '09  had a recurring role on the HBO show The Night Of and appeared in the film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini'snovel, The Kite Runner. 

Mel Johnson Jr. '71 (known for roles in Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) starred in the off-Broadway play The Road to Damascus at the 59E59 Theaters in early 2015. He also appeared in Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 2.

Joe Morton played 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 has had recurring roles  on many television series, including The Good Wife, Proof, Law and Order and Grace and Frankie. He starred in the off-Broadway play Turn Me Loose in the summer of 2016 about civil rights activist Dick Gregory. He played Roy Wilkins in the HBO adaptation of the Broadway play All the Way. His most recent film credits include appearing as Silas Stone in the films Batman vs. Superman and Justice League. He is also remembered for Terminator II, Speed, What Lies Beneath and Brother From Another Planet.

Leslie Segrete is a designer on Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, where she revamps and redesigns troubled hotels. She was the series host and designer on A&E’s $100 Makeover; lead designer on WEtv’s The Ugliest House on the Block; and host for the Emmy-nominated WLIW (PBS) special, Going Green Long Island. She was a carpenter and designer on TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, where she helped design, build, and execute close to 400 rooms. She is also co-host of “The Money Pit,” a nationally syndicated home improvement radio show heard around the nation and on XM Sirius.

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 for which he won a 2010 Emmy Award. His credits also include Marvel Comics: Superior Carnage, Avenging Spider-Man and AXIS: Hobgoblin (the latter nominated for Best Mini-Series of 2014).

On ABC, Susan Sullivan '64 played the spotlight-seeking Martha Rodgers in Castle. She will appear in the forthcoming Netflix series The Kominsky Method opposite Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Fans also remember her from My Best Friend’s Wedding, Dharma & Greg, and Falcon Crest.

On stage …
Jack Saleeby ‘16, Noah Silva ‘16 and Peter Charney ’17 workshopped their original musical Bright and Brave at Dixon Place, an experimental theater house in lower Manhattan in spring 2018. When not working on Bright and Brave, Saleeby has been acting in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz, Silva is an Equity stage manager in New York City and a production assistant on The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park; and Charney works in operations at Walt Disney World.

James Barbour '88 (Talent Works), who played the title role in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway from 2015-2017, is working on a one-man show, The Ghosts of the Majestic. Barbour was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. He has starred on Broadway in such Tony Award-winning shows as Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast, Carousel as Billy Bigelow, Urinetown as Officer Lockstock, and as Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (Drama League Award nomination). He also appeared in the Broadway productions of Cyrano and Cats, and the national tour of The Secret Garden. 

Versatile actor Fred Berman '94 (Stewart Talent) stars on Broadway as “Timon” in The Lion King.

Margaret Colin (Innovative Artists) is starring as Mrs. Mullin in the 2018 revival of Carousel at Broadway’s Imperial Theater. She recently had a recurring role in the HBO comedy VEEP. She starred in 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. 

Peter Friedman starred as Polonius in the 2017 The Public Theater production of Hamlet. He received a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and a 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 received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He starred in the Hulu series The Path and was in the Showtime drama The Affair. He was a Tony nominee for the original Broadway production of Ragtime.

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 TownYou Can't Take It With You, Anything Goes, Twentieth Century and Gypsy.

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. 

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).

Susan H. Schulman has directed many Broadway musicals, including the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd, the 1991 original production of The Secret Garden, the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music, and the 2005 original production of Little Women. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Direction for The Secret Garden and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Sweeney Todd.

In production: Rachel Calter '14 is an assistant stage manager for Arts Brookfield, a production company that presents free indoor and outdoor cultural experiences in venues around the country. Bryan Chess '14 is an entertainment technician at Walt Disney World. Lindsey Elhai '12 is working in costuming at Walt Disney World. Havi Elkaim '06 is self-employed as a film and television costume designer. Lee Moore '11 has her own company in Chicago, working on scenic design and prop design. Veronica Sipp '16 is a costume designer at The New York International Fringe Festival.

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