Performance is a vehicle for self-discovery and, at New College, the curriculum is the fuel.
Whether students are pursuing an Area of Concentration (AOC) in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS), or just trying out the stage in the Black Box Theater (BBT), there are numerous opportunities for artistic (and academic) growth.
“One thing I really like about New College is that you don’t have to have it all figured out, and you don’t have to know exactly where you want to end up in order to start here,” said Diego Villada, Ph.D., assistant professor of TDPS and co-artistic director of the collegiate theater company [performance @ new college]. “You want to write a play? Let’s write a play. You want to read a series of plays that you’ve never read before? Let’s go. You want to put together a dance performance with your friends and try out a new style? That’s just fine.”
All New College students (including those from non-TDPS AOCs) are encouraged to audition for shows or work behind the scenes with costumes, sets, lights and sound. Practicum courses are taught by artists and scholars that are affiliated with professional theater and dance companies. Students can participate in internships with local theater programs, and even take performance courses at other Sarasota area colleges through the Cross College Alliance.
“The faculty are ready to age with you and try,” Villada said. “We are incredibly open and we are ready and willing to experiment with the arts and the knowledge that that creates.”