Each year the A.R.T. Alumni Association holds several events including "Life After Showcase" for our soon-to-be graduates, the Fall Gatherings/Town Meeting in New York and L.A., and our Winter Party Fundraiser. See below for a description of each event. For information on recent and upcoming events visit our Newsletter Homepage.
Life After Showcase
Once a year, in April, following the Institute Showcases in New York and Los Angeles
The showcase is an exhilarating and often overwhelming experience for the 2nd year Institute students. They leave Cambridge and travel to New York and Los Angeles where they perform short scenes for talent agents, casting agents, directors, producers and other members of the film, television, and theater industries. The Life After Showcase event takes place the day after the 2nd year students’ showcase performances. A panel of a dozen A.R.T. Institute alumni and other industry professionals meet with the 2nd year students to share honest advice about agents, auditioning, “survival jobs,” and what to expect after graduation. This event not only helps the graduating class take advantage of their showcase results, it connects them with the alumni community and gets them thinking practically about setting up their new lives after graduation.
The Fall Gathering/Town Meeting
Once a year at the end of October in New York and Los Angeles
This is our annual meeting. It takes place in New York and/or L.A . In addition to taking care of official Alumni Association business, this event is followed by an informal social gathering to welcome our new graduates to New York and L.A. Many graduates who expected to get “discovered” immediately following showcase and work consistently after graduation find it hard to adapt to the ups and downs of their new lives in New York or L.A. . The Fall Gathering aims to welcome these fresh graduates into the alumni community. Seasoned alumni share advice and stories with each other and the new graduates about how to compete in “the business,” while still maintaining their artistic integrity, and finding time to work on their craft.
The Winter Party
Every other year in late February in New York.
The Winter Party is a fundraising event for the Alumni Lab. The party includes entertainment by A.R.T. Institute Alumni and speeches by A.R.T. directors. Artists from the entire dramatic arts community are invited.