Professional Development Center and Fund

The USC School of Dramatic Art’s (SDA) Professional Development Fund supports professional development opportunities and innovative programming for SDA’s Professional Development Center (PDC), which offers management-style services for graduating actors, as well as enhanced opportunities and resources for the school’s graduating playwrights, designers and stage managers. Our Professional Development Center has provided almost 500 auditions for main-stream projects to our graduating students since the center’s inception and has provided job bookings for students and multiple placements with agents and managers. The enriching program offered through the Professional Development Center and initiatives include: SDA’s annual Career Series, which connects SDA students with Industry leaders through a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions; Spotlight@SDA brings some of the industry’s most influential leaders to discuss their careers and experiences in the entertainment industry and to offer workshops for students; and SDA’s recently launched Multihyphenate Series welcomes artists and industry leaders such as Mindy Kaling, Will Ferrell, Judith Light, Debbie Allen, and Colman Domingo, to engage with students. Support from parents, alumni and friends like you help SDA achieve its goal of providing each student with the relevant skills, context and training to meet the ever-changing demands and opportunities of the entertainment field.