Students at the USC School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) are facing unprecedented challenges and financial hardships because of the recent pandemic. Many of our students are experiencing unforeseen circumstances such as a sudden loss of income, resulting in an inability to pay tuition or meet basic food needs. In response, the school has created the SDA Student Emergency Fund to direct important resources to those who find themselves with urgent financial needs. The fund will provide our students with the support they need so they can stay focused on their education.
The SDA Student Emergency Fund provides emergency aid for areas including the following:
Unforeseen Travel Expenses
Access to necessary technology as required for remote learning and course participation
Donations to the SDA Student Emergency Fund will directly support eligible students’ most urgent needs as they adapt to changing circumstances. The assistance this fund will provide has the potential to have a truly transformational impact on the lives of our young student artists.
The USC School of Dramatic Arts Mission
With an evolving curriculum and culture, the USC School of Dramatic Arts seeks to train artist-creators who can connect, catalyze and collide the traditional arts of theatre and story-telling; with the digital and entrepreneurial age and evolving social and political conversations. By developing students who can navigate and influence multiple dramatic arts platforms, from the traditional to the cutting edge, the school seeks to be a standard bearer in redefining what it means to train a dramatic artist for the 21st century.
Dean’s Strategic Initiative
The Dean’s Strategic Initiatives Fund has supported a wide range of projects, including special one-time scholarships, facilities enhancements, larger-scale production opportunities, technology upgrades, and special faculty appointments. With David Bridel as dean, the USC School of Dramatic Arts is ushering in a new era and embarking on an exceptionally rapid period of growth and expansion. Under Dean Bridel’s vision and leadership, the school has launched several new initiatives that offer a more contemporary approach to dramatic arts training and position the school as a leader in new media integration and on-camera technique.
Now more than ever is it vital to ensure we are providing students with access to scholarship funding as they face challenging unprecedented times. The impact of scholarship support goes far beyond helping a student offset the burden of student debt. It allows us to attract and retain students from around the world so they can come to the USC School of Dramatic Arts and share their talent and creativity. By providing sufficient scholarship assistance, we can enable greater success at SDA, providing backing for deserving students who want to graduate with their degree and give back to society. The support that students receive from you instills a greater sense of belonging and motivation to make it through their artistic journey at SDA.
Building on the school’s long-standing minor in “Applied Theatre Arts,” the school’s Institute for Theatre and Social Change (ITSC) enables students to apply their artistic training to non-traditional theatrical settings in the service of the public good. The Institute seeks to meet the needs of our complex culture by rigorously exploring how the practice of community-based theatre, including all platforms of artistic expression, can interrupt dominant power structures to create challenging social and civic dialogues and support the conditions for liberation, healing, and enhanced understanding.
Engaging SDA Alumni for Life
During these unprecedented times, the USC School of Dramatic Arts Office of Alumni Relations remains committed to providing an engaging alumni experience that fosters awareness, pride, participation, volunteer involvement, and philanthropy. As you know, there are many ways to connect with each other online through our SDA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as your personal LinkedIn and social media accounts. In addition, we are working diligently to examine and enhance our alumni community through virtual activities. Please be on the lookout for notifications regarding online gatherings and professional virtual events in the coming weeks.
The Impact of your Support
Our progress this past year is because of your commitment to the school, faculty, and most importantly our students. This continued dedication of our alumni, parents, and friends will be vital in setting the stage for our ongoing success. Your gift of any size makes a lasting impact and is crucial for making the USC School of Dramatic Arts an extraordinary place to learn and thrive.