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Professional Development Center

One-of-a-kind support office to help students establish and sustain successful careers as performers, creators and cultural innovators.

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.

Launched in 2017 and 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 by coaching and consultation services for auditions, free headshots available for graduates registered with the Professional Development Center, students in their final semester have access to mentorship opportunities with working SDA alumni, plus coaching and feedback on self-tapes, demo reels, websites, resumes, and more. Additionally, career counseling, workshops, visiting artists, information sessions, and the School’s thriving internship program are all available for students.

The Professional Development Center also provides select opportunities for recent alumni of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Actors that were active in Professional Development Center programming when they were students who do not have other representation will receive job postings and referrals, submissions and follow-up on appropriate projects for one year upon successful completion of their degree.

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