In 2009, in an effort to connect former students who work in the profession with our current students, the Theatre Arts department initiated an alumni/student connection program, in conjunction with honoring the memory of founding faculty member Professor Ray Kurdt. In the fall of each year, on Alumni Weekend, the department hosts a panel of alumni who discuss the entertainment industry, their career paths, and answer questions from current students. These panelists typically represent recent graduates and seasoned professionals. In addition, each panel consists of graduates from each of the concentrations of the department. 

A special matinee performance and/or cabaret is then held in the afternoon for alumni, students, and friends of the theatre. A reception follows. These events provide a social opportunity for our New Paltz Theatre Arts community to connect and celebrate individual and collective achievements. These connections continue well beyond the weekend and help shape the futures of our current students.

Notable alumni include Michael Badalucco, Joan Chen, Scott Cohen, Anthony Dennison, Michael J.X. Gladis, Aida Turturro, and John Turturro. 

Recent Jobs, Internships, and Graduate School Placements

Graduate Schools

  • New York University
  • Yale University
  • Temple University
  • University of Maryland
  • Northwestern University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • University of Connecticut
  • Florida State University
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California - Irvine
  • Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training at FSU
  • University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign 

Jobs and Internships at Professional Theatres

Hangar Theatre - Ithaca, NY

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company - Weston, VT

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company - Babson Park, MA

Maine State Music Theatre - Brunswick, ME

Williamstown Theatre Festival - Williamstown, MA

B Street Theatre - Sacramento, CA

Creede Repertory Theatre - Creede, CO

Shadowland Theatre - Ellenville, NY

Centerline Studios - New Windsor, NY

Berkshire Theatre Group -  Stockbridge, MA

Sterling Renaissance Festival - Sterling, NY

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival - Garrison, NY

Electronic Theatre Controls - Middleton, WI

Opera Saratoga - Saratoga Springs, NY

The New School for Drama - New York, NY

Production Resource Group, Scenic Technology Studio - New Windsor, NY

Walking the dog Theatre - Ghent, NY

John W. Engeman Theater - Northport, NY

Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH

Santa Fe Opera - Santa Fe, NM

Central City Opera - Denver, CO

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - Auburn, NY

Portland Stage Company - Portland, ME

Disneyworld - Lake Buena Vista, FL

Glimmerglass Festival - Cooperstown, NY

Actor's Movement Studio - New York, NY

Actor's Theatre of Louisville - Louisville, KY

TriArts Sharon Playhouse - Sharon, CT

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre - Holland, MI

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre - Logan, UT

SeaWorld - Orlando, FL

Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Orlando, FL

Westport Country Playhouse - Westport, CT

Hartford Stage - Hartford, CT

Bay Street Theatre - Sag Harbor, NY

Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Berkeley, CA

Gretna Theatre - Mt. Gretna, PA

Barrington Stage Company - Pittsfield, MA

TADA! Youth Theater - New York, NY

The Public Theater - New York, NY

Center Stage - Baltimore, MD

Penn State University/Costume Design - University Park, PA

New York Stage and Film - New York, NY

The Juilliard School - New York, NY

Heritage Theatre Festival - Charlottesville, VA

Moose Hall Theatre Company/Inwood Shakespeare Festival - New York, NY

Chicago City Limits - New York, NY

Dorset Theatre Festival - Dorest, VT

Adirondack Theatre Festival - Glens Falls, NY

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival - Center Valley, PA

Alpine Theatre Project - Whitefish, MT

Opera in the Ozarks - Eureka Springs, AR

Utah Shakespeare Festival - Cedar City, UT

Paul Taylor Dance Company - New York, NY

NY Artists Unlimited - New York, NY

Perseverance Theatre Company - Juneau and Anchorage, AK

Premiere Stages at Kean University - Union, NJ

College Light Opera Company - Falmouth, MA