Adler Youth Group
FREE. Through the Stella Adler School of Acting, students enrolled in the Adler Youth Group train in voice, movement and acting in a conservatory environment. Open to NYC public high school students who demonstrate a financial need. To be considered, a student must call 212-689-0087.

Advanced Playwriting Workshop
FREE. A year-long workshop that provides an opportunity for the expansion of the playwriting craft by exploration of established and alternative writing forms, and intensive study with distinguished master artists. Apply online.

All Stars Talent Show Network
FREE. For inner-city youth, ages 5 to 25, creating developmental culture through producing and performing in weekend talent shows in their neighborhood school auditoriums. Apply online.

BAM’s Arts & Justice
FREE. 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. 

BAM’s Dancing into the Future
FREE. Intensive workshop for students with varying amounts of experience to 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. 

Brooklyn Youth Company
$450 tuition (scholarships available). A theatre-making program where students learn how to act, write, direct and produce original work in an ensemble. Open to students from grades 5-8 to audition. For more information, email:

CAT Youth Theatre
FREE. Afterschool program that creates original theatre.  Meets weekly, from September through May, to build skills and a play. The program is first come, first served. Open to middle and high school students. Apply online. 

Downtown Art
FREE. Create and perform original works and creative spins on the classics. The season runs from September to June; applications accepted in August and early September. Apply online.

Irondale Young Company
FREE. 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 theatremaking at its best. For more info email:

Keen Teens
FREE. A program that immerses students in the experience of producing a new play. The scripts are commissioned from highly regarded professional playwrights, and the plays are performed by high school students from across the tri-state area. For more information, email

MCC Theater Youth Company
FREE. Afterschool program to develop acting and dramatic writing skills. Weekly workshops (Labs) led by professional theater artists. Open to NYC high school students. Every fall, an orientation is held for potential members. Questions? Email

Possibility Project
FREE. Year-long programs that bring together diverse groups of youth from NYC to write an original musical with stories from their lives and ideas for a better world. 3 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:

Resident Youth Ensemble
FREE. A pre-professional theater training and youth development program for teens aged 8-18. Ensemble Members perform in high quality, fully designed and produced mainstage productions at TADA! For more info click here. 

The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy
$995 Tuition (scholarships available). Through AMAS Musical Theatre, The Academy, provides classes in singing, acting, dance and more over 25 weeks.  Open to students aged 14-20.  Register online.

Student Production Workshop
FREE. 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. Register online.

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

Summer Shakespeare Program
FREE. Through the Stella Adler School of Acting, the Summer Shakespeare program is a five-week summer intensive. Students train five days a week in voice, movement and scene study. Open to NYC public high school students who demonstrate a financial need. To be considered, a student must call 212-689-0087.

TRaC (Teen Reviewers and Critics Program)
FREE. Afterschool opportunity to explore NYC art over 10 weeks. Open to any high school student. Spring and fall enrollment. Apply online.

FREE. In high school and interested in writing reviews but unable to enroll in the TRaC program? Join the FREELANCER CORPS. To submit a review, email Keonna Hendrick (, put NEW WRITER in your subject line).

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

FREE. 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:

Wingspan Theatre Summer Conservatory
FREE. Students in the Summer Consevatory learn the skills required to become accomplished actors, vocalists, and theatre artists. For talented beginners to experienced professionals, the conservatory accepts students in grades 5-11. For more info click here.

FREE. 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. Open to ages 13-19. Sign up online.  

Write Now!
FREE. Weekly after-school sessions conducted by master playwrights for high school participants to develop plays by bringing in successive drafts for critique by leaders of the group. Nine-week program runs October to December, and February to May. For more information email:

Youth Onstage!
FREE. Offers 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 the free after-school performance training program, the Youth Onstage! Community Performance SchoolApply online. 

FREE. 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. For more information click here. 

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