Welcome to Drama

By: Kathy Hood, Administrative Director of the Drama Division

Hello! Welcome to our very first blog entry for the Drama Division. I am Kathy Hood, the Administrative Director of the Drama Division and I oversee the admissions process for acting. Our entire division is thrilled to begin these communications with you, our prospective students, and give you all the information you need to take you from submitting the application, to auditioning, to perhaps even accepting admission!

It is one of the great joys of my work life to be involved in this process and to assist you with each step along the way. Many of us have been in your shoes before and we understand what it is like to be uncertain, nervous, and excited about auditioning for a conservatory program. We have tremendous respect for each of you and recognize the courage it takes to go through these school auditions. Remember: we are on your side and want you to do well! We are looking for every reason to say “yes” to you. The audition day will be structured to help enable you to present yourself and your talent in the best possible manner.

These blogs will be another great way, in addition to the Juilliard Web site, for you to get the information about the audition process and our training program. I know we are also eager to share with you the many exciting new initiatives and activities that are taking place at the school under the new leadership of our Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division, James Houghton.

In the coming months, you will be introduced to Drama Division faculty, students, and my staff who will be talking about a wide variety of topics of interest. There will also be specific information posted about our Playwriting Program. Our next few blogs will be from my wonderful staff: Jerry Shafnisky, Julianne Just, and Bradley Diuguid, who play a critical role in the entire process. We are all here to answer any questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to be in contact with us. The most direct way to reach us is by phone: (212) 799-5000, ext. 251. Our office hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. We look forward to speaking to you and eventually meeting you in person at the auditions.

Important reminder: The application deadline is December 1st. That leaves just 24 days to submit your materials, so don’t delay as individuals are scheduled for auditions on a first-come basis. It is an understatement to say I love the Drama Division and its students and faculty (this is my 19th year at Juilliard!) and I am very fortunate to be a part of this nurturing, inspiring and supportive community. I thank you for taking the time to get to know a little more about us.

Wishing you all the best,

Kathy Hood