Alyssa May Gold is a native New Yorker who balanced her studies with acting roles on Broadway. She was an understudy for the roles of Thomasina Coverly and Chloe Coverly in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia, and she starred as Carol in the Lanford Wilson play Lemon Sky, also on Broadway. Her concentration at Gallatin was "Creativity: Capturing Humanity." "As an actor and writer," she said, "I try to devote my education to learning as much as I can so that I have a large base of knowledge to draw on no matter what story/character I'm approaching," adding, "As a voter and taxpayer, I feel just as strongly that I want to be an educated citizen and participate in the government of my country." Gold hoped to spend a year at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, and then go on to study law. She called Gallatin the "perfect combination of rigorous academics and freedom to explore."