PROGRAMS for Young Theatre Artists

TRaC (Teen Reviewers and Critics Program)

FREE program
ArtsConnection presents the TRaC program, an afterschool opportunity to explore NYC art over 10 weeks while learning critical writing and discussion. It is open to any high school student and has enrollment in the Spring and Fall. Meetings are once a week and 6 tracks are available for exploration: theatre, dance, film, multi arts, music, and teens curate teens. Apply online
For more info: Keonna Hendrick, TRaC Program Manager, hendrickk@artsconnection.org or (212)453-9485.

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TRaC FREELANCER CORPS

FREE
If you are in high school and interested in writing reviews but unable to enroll in the TRaC program for 10 weeks, join the FREELANCER CORPS.
For more info, check out teens.artsconnection.org, or to submit a review, email Keonna Hendrick at hendrickk@artsconnection.org and be sure to put NEW WRITER in your subject line.

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Urban Youth Theater

FREE program
Urban Youth Theater is Abrons Arts Center’s theater laboratory for teen actors, writers, and directors. The program is open to students aged 13-18, meets twice a week for a semester and culminates in a professionally produced performance.
Register online

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The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy

Tuition is $995 (full and partial scholarships available)
Through AMAS Musical Theatre, The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, provides classes in singing, acting, and dance, as well as related professional performance classes over the course of 25 weeks. Open to students aged 14-20, each May the Academy students perform a fully produced off-Off Broadway musical.
Register online

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CAT Youth Theatre

CAT Youth Theatre is an after school program for NYC middle and high school students to create original theatre. Members meet weekly, from September through May, to build skills: improvisations and scene work, rehearsal, critical reflection, and group discussion. The program is first come, first served, but they ask for commitment to be an active & collaborative participant. For more information: Maureen Donohue, Maureen.Donohue@mail.cuny.edu
Application

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Downtown Art

FREE program (except for special workshops)
Downtown Art works with teen artists in music and theater to create and perform original works and creative spins on the classics. Their season runs from September to June, applications accepted in August and early September.For more info email Ryan at ryan@downtownart.org
Apply online

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MCC Theater Youth Company

FREE program
The MCC Theater Youth Company is an after-school program for NYC high school students interested in developing their acting and dramatic writing skills. Within a creative, challenging, and supportive environment, teenagers from five boroughs participate in weekly workshops (Labs) led by professional theater artists. The Youth Company is split into three distinct groups: the Acting Lab, the Playwriting Lab, and the Ambassadors. Any questions email youthcompany@mcctheater.org
Every fall, an orientation is held for potential members.

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Student Production Workshop (SPW)

FREE program
Through Roundabout Theatre Company, Student Production Workshop (SPW) is a student-led theatre company modeled after Roundabout’s professional theatre production process. SPW is open to public high school students and those who have just graduated. If you have any questions, email education@roundabouttheatre.org
Register online

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Adler Youth Group

FREE program
Through the Stella Adler School of Acting, students enrolled in the Adler Youth Group train in voice, movement and acting in a conservatory environment. The program is open to NYC public high school students who demonstrate a financial need and lack of arts exposure.
To be considered, a student must call 212-689-0087 during business hours to schedule an interview.

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Summer Shakespeare Program

FREE program
Through Stella Adler School of Acting, the Summer Shakespeare program is a five-week summer intensive. Twenty-four students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates with a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. The program is open to NYC public high school students who demonstrate a financial need and lack of arts exposure.
To be considered, a student must call 212-689-0087 during business hours to schedule an interview.

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All Stars Talent Show Network

FREE program
The All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) involves inner-city youth, ages 5 to 25, in creating developmental culture through producing and performing in weekend talent shows in their neighborhood school auditoriums.
Application online

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Youth Onstage!

FREE program
Youth Onstage! is the youth theatre of the All Stars Project, Inc. It offers young people, ages 14 to 21, the opportunity to perform in and create plays that have something to say about the world and its future. Young people can get involved in Youth Onstage! by applying to their free after-school performance training program, the Youth Onstage! Community Performance School.
Application online

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Keen Teens

FREE program
Keen Teens is a unique educational theater program that improves the quality of plays written for high school students by commissioning scripts from highly regarded professional playwrights. The plays are performed by high school students from across the tri-state area, as part of a free program immersing students in the experience of producing a new play. For more information, please email keenteens@keencompany.org

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Write Now!

FREE program
In weekly after-school sessions conducted by master playwrights, high school participants develop plays by bringing in successive drafts for critique by leaders of the group. The program culminates in a reading of the participants’ work performed by professional actors for an audience of family and friends. This nine-week program runs October to December, and February to May.
For more information email: ed@mtc-nyc.org

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Possibility Project

FREE program
The Possibility Project operates year-long programs that bring together diverse groups of youth from the five boroughs of NYC to write an original musical with stories from their lives and ideas for a better world. With their creative work, participants also create Community Action Projects where they take those ideas and act on them to make their city better. The Possibility Project currently operates three programs: one open to all youth that meets on Saturdays, one open to all youth that meets two days a week after school, and one open to youth in foster care that meets two days a week after school. For more info: info@the-possibility-project.org
To get involved

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Resident Youth Ensemble

FREE program
A program of TADA!, the Ensemble is a pre-professional theater training and youth development program for about 80 kids and teens aged 8-18. Ensemble Members perform in high quality, fully designed and produced mainstage productions at TADA!
For information about the next audition time.

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Wingspan Theatre Summer Conservatory

FREE program
Through Wingspan Arts, students in the Summer Consevatory learn the skills required to become accomplished actors, vocalists, and theatre artists. Serving all students from talented beginners to experienced professionals, the conservatory accepts students in grades 5-11.
For more info.

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Advanced Playwrighting Workshop

FREE program
The Advanced Playwriting Workshop is an exciting year-long program for motivated and talented high school-aged playwrights in the NYC area. The workshop provides an opportunity for the expansion of the playwriting craft, exploration of establishment and alternative writing forms, collaboration and interaction with other young dramatists, and intensive study with distinguished master artists.
Apply online

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BAM’s Arts & Justice

FREE program
This interdisciplinary initiative helps students develop artistic, critical thinking, and presentation skills by examining important issues affecting young people and their communities. Appropriate for students in grades 9-12.
Apply online

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BAM’s Dancing into the Future

FREE program
Teamwork, commitment, and self-confidence are the central themes of this intensive workshop. Students with varying amounts of experience work collaboratively to learn different dance styles and create a dynamic piece under the guidance of professional choreographers and dance artists. Appropriate for students in grades 9-12.
Apply online

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YouthWorks

FREE program
YouthWorks provides young creators, ages 8-18, with the opportunity to get hands-on experience developing and presenting their own original work in dance, theater, poetry, music, and performance. BAX provides each participant space to rehearse and the opportunity to work with professional artists in the performance field to aid in their creative process.
For more information

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Brooklyn Youth Company

Tuition: $450 (scholarships available)
Brooklyn Youth Company is a theatre-making program where students learn how to act, write direct and produce original work in an ensemble. The program encourages all enthusiastic students from fifth to eighth grade to audition for a spot in our ensemble.
For more information or questions, contact Erin McCready at: erin@brooklynyouthcompany.org or (347)204-2125

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Irondale Young Company

FREE program
The Young Company uses the same ensemble training techniques that created the Irondale Ensemble Project. Young Company members will create and perform 2 productions over the course of the school year, travel to see other professional shows, and learn the ins and outs of ensemble at its best.
For more info contact Amanda Hinkle, Director of Education at amanda@irondale.org

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Wordshops

FREE program
Through Urban Word NYC, Wordshops are designed to encourage brave and creative expression in the literary arts and performance. In 12 sessions, participants explore the written and oral traditions of poetry, rap and hip-hop forms, song lyrics, writing for political/social change, and more.
Wordshops is open to Ages 13-19.
Sign up online

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vibeStages

FREE program
viBeStages is a collaborative performance experience in which 6-12 girls work with professional theater directors to write and perform an original show. Open to girls ages 13-19.
Interested girls should email Toya@viBeTheater.org

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Summer Arts Institute

FREE program
Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with Department of Education arts specialists, partnering cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team of arts professionals guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college, university or conservatory.

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