Performing Arts

New York’s eclectic theatre, music, and dance worlds are unparalleled in their scope, quality and reach offering opportunities to learn from innovators, classicists and independent spirits.


Acting, Directing, Design, Technical Production

Observe and assist with production work in professional theatres, acting studios, talent and casting agencies, and with individual designers.

Music Performance, Composition & Recording

Work in all forms of music and the related fields of production, management, recording, criticism, and composition.

Dance & Choreography

Work closely with a choreographer, dance journal, a company, dance service organization, or studio. In some cases, you may receive classes in exchange for your work.

Administration & Management

Observe and assist with day-to-day operations and learn management skills including audience development, marketing, fundraising, and facility management.

Here is a small sampling of recent internships in the Performing Arts:

Joffrey Ballet School, Abraham in Motion, Sally Silver, Jennifer Mueller/The Works, Dance Magazine


Roulette, Saturday Night Live (Music Department), Issue Project Room, Art on Air, Listen Magazine, Clock Tower Productions, Factory 25


The Public Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, Blessed Unrest, The New Group, AMAS Music Theatre, 52nd street Project, The Foundry Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, Circus Warehouse, The Strasberg Institute, TADA, Primary Stages, and lighting Designer, Tyler Micholeau


Upright Citizens Brigade, Standup NY, Magnet Improv

Seminars & Professional Development Workshops

Faculty Seminars focus in contemporary professional practice & thinking in theatre & live performance. The faculty seminars are organized around specific subject areas but encourage all students to bring their perspectives and interests to the discussion, and explore interdisciplinary connections – creative and practical. They focus on contemporary practice and use the city an active resource through site visits, performances, and guest speakers

NYAP has also partnered with CREATIVE CAPITAL to provide students with Professional Development Workshops focused on Strategic Planning and Financial Literacy to teach you how to harness your liberal arts skills to achieve your goals and sustain your creative practice as you take your next steps.

Individualized Advising/Independent Projects:

Your Faculty Advisor helps you shape a project that represents the skills you have acquired, your accomplishments and your promise. Independent Projects have included scripts, essays, performances, audition books, portfolios, recordings, and more.


Emilie Clark, MFA

Faculty Advisor Visual Art

Dana Tarantino, Phd

Faculty Advisor Theatre & Drama

John Reed, MFA

Faculty Advisor
Writing & Publishing

Jake K. Leckie, MA

Faculty Advisor Music, Media & Dance