Student Life

At the USC School of Dramatic Arts, you will find the close, supportive and reassuring atmosphere you need to hone your talent and find your career path.

Here you will find the intimacy and family atmosphere of a small school while offering the vast resources that come with the university. From the first time you set foot on campus, you will begin to understand what the Trojan Family means and the many benefits it offers. You will also have countless opportunities to participate in organizations within the USC School of Dramatic Arts and across the university to further enrich your experience. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement their coursework with extracurricular activities that build relationships between fellow students, faculty, and the community.

Student Organizations

Student organizations are the backbone of campus life. Ranging from professionally minded clubs to student interest associations, student organizations spearhead activities including guest speakers, social events, and productions.
Here are just a few of the dramatic arts-related student organizations in which you can become involved:

  • Aeneid Theatre Company
  • Artists in Action
  • Black Entertainment & Theatrical Association
  • Brand New Theatre
  • Commedus Interruptus
  • Merry Men Improv
  • MRS Degree
  • Musical Theatre Repertory
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Second Nature Improv
  • Slanderous Tongues
  • SoCal Vocals
  • Take the Stage
  • Theatre Student Association
  • Trojan Vision
  • USC Repertory Dance Company
  • Women’s Theatre Organization
  • Spoiler Alert Improv

Independent Student Productions

The USC School of Dramatic Arts strongly believes that Independent Student Productions (ISPs) enhance the creative spirit of our students and serves as an incredible vehicle for our actors, producers, writers and directors to expand their opportunities as the next generation of performers and storytellers.

Entirely produced, directed, designed, built, choreographed, performed and marketed by the students themselves, these productions help to create young theatre entrepreneurs who take initiative around their own creative and professional development.

Production grants are available. Students interested in scheduling an ISP or participating in one of these many projects should visit the ISP bulletin board in the DRC for more information.

For details and/or questions regarding how to apply for an Independent Student Production, please contact Meghan Laughlin at mlaughli@usc.edu or 213-821-2519.