Adler Youth Group

Now seeking applicants!


Who is eligible?
New York City High School Students who qualify as low income (i.e. free/reduced lunch recipients).

What is the program?
A free, year-long theater/acting program. Program meets after school and week-ends in midtown Manhattan. This is a one-year program with a second year by invitation.

What is the commitment?
Students must commit to participate for the full year. Classes two days each week after-school from 4:30pm-6:30pm and Saturdays, 11am-1pm. Must be available for all classes.

How do I apply?
To be considered, come in for an interview so we can get to know you better. Call 212-689-0087 between 10am-6pm. Say, “I would like to schedule an interview for Outreach Adler Youth.”

Important: Schedule an interview before September 13th deadline!

Note: Our full scholarships cover all tuition costs for our students. They do not cover travel expenses.

Tip: Call early to better your chances of being considered. Most students will be asked to come back with a memorized monologue from a published play. Monologues from the internet or movies are not permitted.

Program description

The centerpiece of the Outreach Division, this program currently interviews close to 100 high school students annually and selects 16 to train in a free year-long program. Students train in voice, movement and acting in a conservatory environment. They are led by a team of trained professional teachers and mentors, and engage daily with students of the full-time conservatory programs as well as alumni and international guest artists. While Adler Youth students are trained with the same intensity and integrity as conservatory students, this program is not concerned with creating professional actors, but rather empowering strong, confidant, thoughtful, articulate human beings.


How are students selected for this program?

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City high school
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free lunch or reduced lunch)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for arts exposure ( priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming)
  • Applicants must follow application instructions (in particular, bringing a monologue from a published play keeps a student qualified; bringing a monologue from the internet or YouTube disqualifies students)