From acting and dance lessons to audition techniques and business plans, NYPAA’s Performing Arts Program gives students all the tools they need to thrive in the highly competitive entertainment industry.
Aspiring artists learn the fundamental skills of acting, voice, and dance in a rigorous, conservatory-style training program taught by a diverse staff of entertainment industry professionals. Students work closely with instructors and classmates and in an intense, but nurturing collaborative learning environment.
Students receive practical training related to the business side of the industry and will leave the program much better equipped to handle the entertainment industry competitive job markets across the globe.
Introduction to Acting
This program introduces students to some of the fundamental skills & tools required for developing the acting process. Designed to build self-awareness, develop imagination and concentration, recognize emotional truth, learn the actor’s vocabulary, and demonstrate the ability to be honest and committed in their acting. Students learn how to behave as a professional actor and demonstrate the focus and respect necessary in an acting class, on set, or on stage.
Introduction to Text Analysis
In this program students learn practical techniques for analyzing tv, film, and theater scripts. Students develop a process for creating characters using an array of techniques. When demonstrating this process, students are directed through various acting and text breakdown exercises. They learn how this process translates into truthful performances.
Introduction to Improvisation
Environments, characters, and scene building are the key fundamentals of storytelling. Students have the opportunity to develop skills that inspire self-confidence, spontaneity, and imagination in order to enhance scenes and auditions.
Introduction to Camera
Students learn fundamental techniques required to perform confidently in front of a camera. Through a series of exercises, students learn how to make bold actor’s choices for various shots and scenarios. They also develop a deeper understanding, level of respect, and appreciation for set etiquette, professionalism, and other crew members on set.
Introduction to Audition
Every actor needs to audition. This course helps students gather the skills for auditioning for roles in film, TV, and commercials. They learn what an audition is, who the players are, and what is expected of an actor in a professional situation. By simulating the audition process and reviewing their screen work in class, students begin to explore the technical aspects of working in front of a camera, the preparation of text involved, and how to present themselves with confidence and creativity.
Jumping into script work, students explore fundamental acting skills and tools required for working with text. They begin to explore the rehearsal process and play with more confidence, while engaging with the importance of text analysis and research. Through various scene exercises and full script analysis, students learn how to build authentic characters and work towards developing a longer scene to present in front of their peers. In collaboration with the Intro to Camera course, students prepare a short version of the scene for camera.
Improvisation fundamentals hone students’ skills by combining introduction elements with improvised storytelling, and revealing the relationship between actor, writer, and director. This course further expands each actor’s capabilities and methods to develop character.
An deeper understanding of the importance of continuity through specific on-camera exercises. Discover how your choices affect the story told within the camera frame.
Through fine-tuning fundamental auditioning skills, students gain self-awareness, technical skills, focus, and versatility in a variety of audition situations. Simulated auditions and call-backs help students strengthen and focus their acting technique with increasingly challenging texts. By reviewing their work on screen, they build self-awareness and technical mastery of the audition frame. This course highlights critical professional skills needed to thrive in the audition room.
Each student gets the individual attention needed for their artistic growth
Have you wondered what it would take to have a career singing? This course will help to answer this question whether you are just venturing out into the field as a high school student, you are in college, or you are wanting to return to the business after a hiatus.
The course will include lectures, lessons, an opera scenes production, and master classes with international opera singer Rosa D’Imperio. In these classes you will learn how to audition for an agent, an opera company, and a musical theater company. The course will identify pieces that will make you your most marketable product and then help you to perfect them. You will learn how a singer can most effectively create a dynamic résumé and bio, get advice on the proper photo for your voice type, and provide a marketing strategy if you are at that stage in your career. Bodywork and acting classes as well as guidance from vocal health specialists will aid the singer in remaining healthy throughout their career. In addition to coachings and performances, students will begin to develop skills in preparation for college auditions for both music theater and classical vocal study.
Intro to Musical Theatre I
History of Musical Theatre I
Production Practicum I
Intro to Musical Theatre II
History of Musical Theatre II
Production Practicum II