Adler Youth

We are not currently recruiting, but will accept applications and schedule auditions for the 2023-2024 school year later this year. Filling out the application is the first step:


The centerpiece of the Arts Justice Division (formerly the Outreach Division), this program currently interviews close to 100 high school students annually and selects 18 to train in a free year-long program, with a possible second year by invitation. Students train in voice, movement, improv, acting, and technique in a conservatory environment. Led by the Studio’s world-class faculty, students also engage with students in 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, confident, thoughtful, and empathetic human beings.

Classes meet after school from 4:00–6:30 PM and on Saturdays. This is a rigorous training program which means that students are expected to attend all classes, be on time and ready to work before the class start time.

To be considered or for more information, please email Program Director Yeauxlanda Kay at, with the subject line “Interested in Adler Youth.”

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Actors wishing to train in-person at the Stella Adler Studio must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster shot, and be able to submit proof of their vaccination by the start of their first class.

Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates and a list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19:


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)