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Chris Andersson

 
 

My Philosophy

I believe that an education in the arts is an education for life.

Artistic training provides students with so many skills and values — like discipline, collaboration and trust — and so many opportunities for introspection — as they grow both as artists and humans — that the benefits are great, giving them innumerable advantages in any field they choose.

This strong belief has propelled me into a life of guiding students through the world of arts education with the joyous understanding of how fruitful their journeys will inevitably be.

Greetings! I'm Chris. 

I was the Director of Admissions for the Drama department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for a dozen years and am now an independent educational consultant who advises students who want to pursue an education in theater, film or dramatic writing. I work primarily with high school students who have their eyes on university-level or summer high school programs in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. To serve them in the best way possible, I founded Nothing But Drama in 2014.

Why me?

Students and families come to me for my expertise gained from 25 years in higher education administration, working exclusively with drama students. I am a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and a former member of Actors Equity Association (AEA). I have a B.A. in Theater and Dance and an M.A. in English, both from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

My Career

After years of performing throughout New York City, I became the Administrative Director of the Trinity College/La MaMa Performing Arts Program. I taught on the faculty of Trinity's Theater & Dance department and for the Hartford chapter of the I Have a Dream program. After 11 years running Trinity/La MaMa, I became the Director of Recruitment for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. Immediately following the O'Neill, I moved to the Drama department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts to oversee their artistic review process for 3,000 applicants annually.

In my role as designer, producer and host of the audition process for the largest undergraduate theater department in the world, I welcomed 25,000 young theater artists to their artistic reviews in my time at NYU. I auditioned thousands of applicants myself and have served as an academic advisor for hundreds of students once they joined the department. I have enjoyed watching them develop as artists and have taken great pride in their successes in the field as they become the future of this art form.

I am currently on the Board of The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS), New York City’s oldest and longest producing LGBTQ+ theater company. The company is dedicated to preserving the theatrical heritage of the LGBTQ+ community through the development of new plays by emerging artists as well as revivals of established works.

Along with theater and education, I am passionate about music, art, architecture, New York City history, nature, and exploring this amazing planet.