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Professional Development Center

The USC School of Dramatic Arts breaks the mold on career preparation by being the first drama school with a dedicated Professional Development Center devoted to supporting our students and recent graduates.

Led by veteran casting director Dan Shaner, the Professional Development Center offers career services and development opportunities to help students establish and sustain successful careers as creators, performers and cultural innovators.

Students are supported with coaching and consultation services for auditions, self tapes, demo reels, websites, resumes and more. Career counseling, interactive workshops, visiting artists, information sessions and the School’s thriving internship program are also available to students. Graduating students who are registered with the Professional Development Center may receive free headshots and will have access to mentorship opportunities with working SDA alumni in their final semester.

The Professional Development Center also provides select opportunities for recent alumni of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Actors without representation, for example, will receive job postings and referrals, submissions and follow-ups on appropriate projects for one year after successfully completing their degree, provided they were active in Professional Development Center programming as students.

Current School of Dramatic Arts students can visit the student portal for more details and registration.