If you are interested in being put on the wait list should a spot open up, email us, subject: “CP Wait List.”

We will open up enrollment for our Winter 2020 New York or Bust (Jan. 6–Jan. 17, 2020) by September 10, 2019.
We will open up enrollment for Summer 2020 College Prep (July 13–July 24, 2020) by February 1, 2020.


for performers preparing for those college auditions,
Ages 15—19

DATES: July 15—July 26, 2019 in New York City


  • ACTOR THERAPY (Lindsay Mendez and RSO’s revolutionary musical theatre workshop, working song interpretation, selecting the right “cuts” for auditions, and focusing on every actor as an individual to unlock the artist within)

  • DAILY DANCE training (focusing on Ballet and Theatre Dance)

  • ACTING techniques (Including monologue selection and study — both classic and contemporary)

  • VOICE LESSONS (technique, vocal health and general pedagogy with top NYC voice teachers)

  • HEADSHOTS with renowned NYC photographer MurphyMade

  • TICKETS to two shows during the session

  • A final SHOWCASE for industry professionals highlighting the student’s growth during the program

  • A public PRESENTATION for friends and family

  • … PLUS a MASTER CLASS with a different Broadway pro every day.

But a little more about the program …

is a summer intensive designed exclusively for students who are or soon will be #collegebound, open to ages 15—19. This two week course will prepare performers for their musical theatre college auditions, and will be led by alumni and professors from many prestigious college programs, as well as Broadway professionals. Classes will focus on finding the perfect audition material that showcases what makes each individual stand out. Overwhelmed by where to apply? We get it!! But not to worry, our AT faculty is ON IT. Students will have the chance to discuss and receive feedback on which MT programs may be the right fit based on individual needs and goals. So, if you’re serious about quoting Shakespeare on the quad, singing Hamilton in the hallway, and jazz dancing in your dorm … this is the program for you!

Roger Dawley, A.T. Success Story

Roger Dawley, A.T. Success Story


The program runs 9AM—6PM Monday—Friday for the two weeks of the program. It includes following courses

DAILY DANCE in Ballet and Theatre Dance (daily 9a—10:30a, alternating styles)
Ready to WERK it out? Our fierce dance classes, taught by Broadway dancers and choreographers, will include a warm-up and technique training, as well as multiple combinations from Broadway shows. You KNOW you wanna kick ball change all over that.

ACTING TECHNIQUES (Daily 10:30a—12:30p)
In this class you’ll work on different styles of acting, as well as selecting and working on multiple monologues, ranging from classical to contemporary to Shakespearean. To be or not to be in this class is so NOT the question. 

12:30pm—1:30pm, take a break —
or COACH your material with one of our top-rated Music Directors/Accompanists!

ACTOR THERAPY with Lindsay Mendez and RSO* (daily 1:30p—3p)
Just like a golden age standard, this class never goes out of style. Lindsay and RSO will focus on each student’s individual needs- maximizing strengths while recognizing and helping improve weaknesses. Audition technique, book building, marketing your type, and ultimately discovering yourself as an artist are all components of this amozzzzing class.  

ART & BIZ with RSO (first week, 3p–4p)
Break down how to successfully interpret a song for an audition or performance from the writer’s perspective. Then, we’ll discuss how to explore your own original artist, a respite from all that focusing on the colder side of the business.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TALKS* with Various Guests (second week, 3p–4p)
Meet with academic faculty who oversee college admissions or instruct at the top musical theatre programs in the country. Previous guests have come from University of Michigan, Pace University, NYU, and many more.

MASTER CLASSES with a different Broadway Pro every day! (daily 4:00p—5:00p)
All of the above and 10 master classes to boot? (How’s that for a resume builder…)  This will include Tony Award winning performers, directors, music directors, dancers, choreographers, agents, casting directors, writers, composers, and more!

Each class will enroll 16 or fewer students, so class sizes are small to emphasize maximum attention per student.

But wait there's more below ... !

 All of the above culminates in a SHOWCASE FOR INDUSTRY PROS (which may include agents, casting directors, and college admissions faculty) on the final day of each session, with students performing material they’ve been working on, curated by their instructors.

But Jesus Christ Superstar, there’s more!  INCLUDED with tuition are:

  • A 30-minute HEADSHOT session by acclaimed New York Headshot Studio MurphyMade at their official studio. Students will receive one retouched digital photo file, with more retouching options available at a separate cost.

  • Two half-hour VOICE LESSONS right after class with some of the top voice teachers in New York City

  • plus FREE TICKETS TO TWO DIFFERENT SHOWS in NYC sponsored by the friends of Actor Therapy



Actor Therapy partners directly with a student housing coordinator who will be able to assist you with your housing needs. Student Housing Associates helps students find safe dorm housing close to our campus in midtown Manhattan. Dorms are occupied by dancers, actors, singers and other artists here to study and take class in the city. To inquire about this housing option,  please contact us, subject: Intensive Housing.  

Additionally, students are allowed to live a commutable distance (i.e., Connecticut or New Jersey), as long as they appear on time to class every day.

My stay at the Dancer Dorms on 44th St. and 9th Ave. was an absolute blast! The renting process was simple and the location was great! Living in Hell’s Kitchen as someone who had never stayed in New York alone before was comforting because I was surrounded by people and resources at all times. Restaurants, coffee shops, and theatres were all a few minutes walk away, and getting to class was a breeze. I got the NYC experience and always felt safe!
— Payton H. (College Prep)


The regular cost for our ten-day, two-week program is $3999.00 USD (for prospective enrollees submitting after March 16), which includes everything listed above. All students will be automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship (up to 20% off) and notified on the timeline indicated.

To enroll, students must submit the requirements listed below to submit@actortherapynyc.com during any one of the three Audition Windows below, with the following materials:

  1. YOUR BASIC INFORMATION. 1) The Intensive you are submitting for. 2) The submitting student’s full name. — 3) Student’s age. — 4) Student’s gender (male/female/non-binary) — 5) Where the student will be coming from if they are admitted. — 6) The name AND email address of parent or guardian who will be the contact for the student re: tuition and permissions. — 7) Preferred contact phone number(s).

  2. UP TO THREE VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING(S) of you singing. Any quality is acceptable. All videos must be LINKS. Please DO NOT SEND video attachments (audio attachments under 10MB are okay). Any genre is okay! Musical theatre, pop, anything. If you send more than one video/audio recording, please try to demonstrate range or contrast. Please do not send more than three recordings.

  3. YOUR HEADSHOT AND RESUME. Any quality is acceptable. Students who do not yet have a professionally shot picture may send any photo that best represents them now. Students who do not yet have a professionally formatted resume may send an actor bio up to 200 words.

  4. ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION. All students will be considered for a merit-based scholarship. If there’s something else you’d like us to know about your current situation, include that here.

  5. OPTIONAL: Send us a video of a monologue and/or you dancing. Reels are okay. All videos must be LINKS. Please DO NOT SEND video attachments (audio attachments under 10MB are okay). Any genre is okay!

Got all that? Great! You’re ready to submit.


If you are interested in being put on the wait list should a spot open up, email us, subject: “CP Wait List.”

We will open up enrollment for Winter 2020 New York or Bust (Jan. 6–Jan. 17, 2020) by September 10, 2019.
We will open up enrollment for Summer 2020 College Prep (July 13–July 24, 2020) by February 1, 2020.

Once a student receives confirmation of their admission/scholarship, they have one week to place a non-refundable $350 deposit through a PayPal link given to admitted students by email. If the deposit is not made within one week, the students spot and/or scholarship may be forfeited.

*Instructors are subject to change.


Where is the Actor Therapy Summer Intensive located?
We will be housed at Pearl Studios (500 and 519, on 8th Avenue between 35th and 36th streets in Manhattan), which are easily accessible by blue, red, orange and yellow subway lines, as well as numerous busses, the PATH train, NJ Transit, LIRR and Amtrak to Penn Station.  Basically … all roads lead to Pearl!  (Note: some location days may change.)

Can a student enroll in BOTH intensive programs (College Prep and New York or Bust)? 
YES, students 18-19 years old may take both programs back to back for an incredible month-long experience.  (Two tuitions apply.)  For discounts, see below!

I’m more of a singer-actor than dancer, or more dancer-actor than singer … is this still the right program for me? 
As long as you have some level of experience in singing, acting and dancing, it’s totally normal to have strengths or weaknesses, and this program is perfectly designed to help students with their individual needs!

How many students will be enrolled in each program?
Roughly 16 students will be enrolled in each Program.

I have a conflict with one or more days of my session.  Can I still enroll? 
We allow up to one pre-approved day of conflict. (Known conflicts must be submitted at time of application.  No conflicts are allowed on the first day of each session, or the final day of each session - which is the day of the student showcase.)

What does each student need to bring with them? 
Dance attire; any or all sheet music in use by the student; some clothing options to showcase in; headshot/resume if applicable; plus the usual “school” gear.  Students should also bring any medications that they are prescribed and take during the normal school year.  Students are also encouraged to bring water in a reusable bottle every day as workshops will be physically demanding.

What will students do for lunch during the day?
Students will have a break for lunch every day and are welcome to bring food with them or will be allowed to purchase lunch from a local business.  Students under 18 wishing to purchase lunch will be accompanied by an Actor Therapy staff member to a local business and back to the program studios.

Where can I find the teachers and artists leading the classes and workshops?
Scroll up on this page for more information!

How are teachers and artists selected to lead classes and workshops?
RSO and Lindsay personally select each teacher/artist based on their knowledge and skill level in their related area of expertise relating to theatre and performing arts.  

Are there any discounts? 

• If you take both sessions: 10% off combined post-scholarship tuition.
• AEA (Equity) Member: 10% off post-scholarship tuition.
• Two or more siblings taking the program: 5% off both post-scholarship tuitions.
• Previous students of Actor Therapy: contact us for your special returning rate!

After the deposit is paid, when is the balance due?
The balance for each student’s session is due one month before the starting date (June 16 for College Prep).  If you are interested in discussing a payment plan, you can email chelsea@actortherapynyc.com, subject: payment plan.

What if my plans change and I can no longer attend the workshop I signed up for.  What options do I have for refunds?
Both the deposit and the balance, once paid, are non-refundable.  That said, if a student must cancel their attendance between paying the deposit and paying the balance, then only the deposit is forfeited.

I have another question … How do find out more?
Email us at info@actortherapynyc.com

*Instructors are subject to change.