On October 17, The New School for Drama held its second annual alumni Homecoming reunion, welcoming more than 40 alumni back to the university.
The event included a reception at the Drama building on Bank Street in the West Village, and a special, final dress rehearsal of the Drama students’ production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted and directed by Drama student Brad Raimondo.
“The addition of the performance made the event not only a reunion, but also created a connection to the current students who will soon become our alums’ colleagues,” said Robert Hoyt, director of professional development. “Plus, it’s always great to have such a supportive, compassionate audience at this final rehearsal who had been in the performers’ shoes when they were here as students.”
For attendee Malinda Sorci ’08, the evening was indeed about connecting and re-connecting. “It was a fantastic evening! It was great to catch up with everyone over drinks and nibbles, and to get a sneak peek at Hamlet and meet some of the current students. I’m so glad we’re able to have such a fun event,” she says.
The event was hosted by Drama, the Drama Alumni Alliance, New School Alumni Relations, and honorary co-chairs Adrienne Moore ’09 and Dan Bernitt ’10. In addition to waxing nostalgic about their time at Drama in opening remarks by the co-chairs, program director Pippin Parker also welcomed the alumni home with his thanks for creating such a lasting legacy.