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The New School- The Dramatic Workshop

From The Dramatic Workshop to The New School of Drama
The new school was first called The New School for Social Research, founded by a group of university professors and intellectuals in 1919. It’s purpose was to allow students to “seek unbiased understanding of the existing order, its genesis, growth and present working.”
From 1940 to 1949, the school hosted a new theatre project called the ‘Dramatic Workshop’, which would soon become The New School for Drama. The ‘Dramatic Workshop’ was directed by German emigrant theatre director, Erwin Piscator, and comprised of several famous actors such as Beatrice Arthur, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Ben Gazzara, Michael V. Gazzo, Rod Steiger, Elaine Stritch, Shelley Winters and Tennessee Williams.

Working With Marlon Brando

Food for thought: Why do you think Harry Belafonte decided to attend The New School as opposed to other drama schools in New York City during that time? Do you think it had to do with the school’s social aspect?

Belafonte Recommended Reading (Pt.1)

Below you’ll find a list of recommended reading from Harry Belafonte which will be released in …

Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

Official Site of Occupy Wall Street Additional Reading: Interview and Q&A with Harry Belafonte regarding …

My Song: A Memoir

Purchase it HERE Additional Reading NYTimes Article from Garrison Keillor Additional Listening NPR Interview …

1199SEIU Bread and Roses Cultural Project

Bread and Roses Belafonte recently assumed leadership of Bread And Roses. He has performed at 1199 events …

The Gathering for Justice

In 2005, Harry Belafonte organized ‘The Gathering For Justice’ as a way to shine awareness on gang …

Harry Belafonte’s involvement with UNICEF

Over the years, Mr. Belafonte’s dedication and generosity of spirit has helped set a high standard …