Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Rain Valdez

Actress and Filmmaker, Now>Ever Productions
Rain Valdez is an out and proud transgender actress and award-winning filmmaker. She played Coco in season 2 of TV Land’s Lopez and doubled in Amazon's Transparent as Miss Van Nuys on screen and a producer behind the scenes. Valdez’s rom-com short, Ryans, which she starred in and co-created with Natalie Heltzel, screened in over 15 film festivals worldwide after premiering at Outfest, winning the Jury Award for Best North American Short. Rain, has been named one of Outfest LA's Next Generation of Filmmakers and has completed Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative directing program. She recently starred in a Paul Feig directed, half-hour comedy pilot for Freeform TV and guest starred in Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. Her seven-part web series, Razor Tongue, which she wrote and stars in, had its international premiere in Toronto at InsideOut Film Festival and had its US premiere in San Francisco at Frameline in June 2019. Rain just won InsideOut Film Festival’s Pitch Please! contest, with a cash prize and an additional $10,000 going toward her next short film project. Valdez continues to be at the forefront of TV and film making with message and purpose and looks ahead to continued success in the many genres that excites her.