The New York Performing Arts Academy embraces a rolling admissions policy. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection within fifteen business days following their audition.

To be considered for admission into the Spring or Fall Performing Arts Programs, candidates must exhibit:

  • A strong passion for in-depth training in acting, musical theatre, and dance.
  • The ability to clearly define their personal objectives; although many of our instructors are bilingual, proficiency in English is necessary to ensure optimal learning outcomes.
  • An openness and eagerness to absorb knowledge from both instructors and fellow students.
  • Full capability to engage actively in all aspects of the program.


Application Process: After you submit your application and all required documents, we will contact prospective students to arrange interviews and auditions.

Required In-Person Application Materials:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee

Payment Information: Application fees are non-refundable. Both application fees and tuition can be paid via cash, credit/debit card, or money order.

Scholarships and Financial Aid: If you’re applying for a Merit and/or Needs-Based Scholarship, please include the necessary forms with your application materials.


  • Merit Scholarships: Awarded to students showcasing exceptional talent and potential in the Performing Arts, as determined through application reviews and audition performances. Partial scholarships are available, with up to $3,000 awarded for partial scholarships.
  • Need-Based Grants: “M2 Gives” offers Need-Based Grants to students demonstrating financial necessity, requiring tax documents or proof of government financial assistance for application. Grants can go up to $500.
  • Full Scholarships: Granted by the Academy’s Executive Director, recipients of Full Scholarships must cover the registration fee and a $750.00 administrative charge.

Student Housing: Housing options in NYC are available for The NYPAA students through a third-party provider. For more details, visit our Student Housing section on the website.


Audition Dates

Auditions are held year-round until all slots are filled. For those living within 90 miles of NYC, we highly recommend attending an in-person audition. Candidates are expected to prepare a monologue, song, or dance piece for their audition.


Select a monologue that best showcases your acting abilities and strengths. Your piece should be age-appropriate and last no more than 2 minutes.


Choose a song that highlights your vocal talent and personal style. Ensure your song does not exceed 2 minutes in length.

Electronic Auditions

For applicants residing over 90 miles from NYC, electronic auditions can be submitted via email to

Wait List Policy

When a program reaches its capacity, a wait list is established. Applicants on the wait list will be informed as soon as a spot opens up. Those not accepted from the wait list into a program will receive notification at least 30 days before the program begins.