January 8, 2018 - January 19, 2018

GET WITH THE PROGRAM!  Our winter intensives include...

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

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

  • ACTING techniques (including monologue selection and study)

  • SCENE STUDY (Character study and collaboration with other performers)

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

  • HEADSHOTS with renowned NYC photographer MurphyMade

  • FREE TICKETS to two Broadway or Off-Broadway shows during the session

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

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

But a little more about the program …

 is a course designed for performers who are preparing to live the actor’s life in NYC. Open to ages 18-24, this AT intensive is perfect for students currently in college, actors who have recently relocated to the NYC area (with or without college), recent college graduates, or students taking a gap year.  No matter what brought you here, you’re in the BIG CITY now, so let’s get you #booked! Classes will focus on how to adjust to life as an artist in NYC, as well as how to successfully navigate that competitive audition circuit….with Lindsay and RSO as your guides!

 is a course designed for performers who are preparing to live the actor’s life in NYC. Open to ages 18-24, this AT intensive is perfect for students currently in college, actors who have recently relocated to the NYC area (with or without college), recent college graduates, or students taking a gap year.  No matter what brought you here, you’re in the BIG CITY now, so let’s get you #booked! Classes will focus on how to adjust to life as an artist in NYC, as well as how to successfully navigate that competitive audition circuit….with Lindsay and RSO as your guides!


Programs run 9AM—6PM Monday—Friday for the two weeks of each program, and include the following courses, geared slightly different for each student group:

ACTOR THERAPY with Lindsay Mendez and RSO (daily 2:30p—4p)
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.  

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 (alternating days, 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 classical. To be or not to be in this class is so NOT the question. 

SCENE STUDY (alternating days, 10:30a—12:30p)
Students are assigned scenes from class musicals and plays, and will workshop them with a working actor or director.  Students can expect to examine two to three scenes each during their session.

MASTER CLASSES with a different Broadway Pro every day! (daily, 4-5p)
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!

ART AND BIZ with Sierra Boggess and RSO (daily, 4-5p)
Alternating topics each day, a class dedicated one day to your HEART (Sierra: "You are enough!!!") and the next, to your BRAIN (RSO: Let's talk money. Let's talk jobs. Let's talk planning!).  We're here to fill in the gaps between the skill-building techniques to fire up your passion AND your drive.

We are preparing our students for the professional world of a lot of auditions and call back material, so we will be challenging our students to muscle through it! We will be offering our students coaching opportunities to go over their new material.

PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS (once per week, 6-6:30p or 6:30-7p)
Each student gets two opportunities throughout the session for private voice coachings with a voice technician. Each thirty minute session will focus on technique, placement and, most importantly, maintaining vocal health.

To demonstrate what you've learned about yourself as an ARTIST during the intensive (and not just an "audition machine!") you'll be working privately on a final project YOU choose and YOU create.  It's as open-ended as you want it to be, and we expect to see a variety of presentations from our students, as unique as they are!

Each program will enroll only 16 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
  • Two half-hour VOICE LESSONS (between 6—7p at various times)
  • FREE TICKETS TO TWO DIFFERENT SHOWS in NYC sponsored by the friends of Actor Therapy
  • Plus Community-building HANGOUTS with teachers and students alike in the heart of Manhattan!


Where can I find housing information?

Because we are a daytime program, Actor Therapy is unable to provide student housing. However, we do work closely with Student Housing Associates ( Many students have used this resource and found housing at the Artist Dorms near Times Square (also used by Broadway Dance Center students). These dorms are walking distance to Actor Therapy classes, and are perfect for a two week program! Please email and we can connect you with our student housing liaison.



The cost for the program is $3250.00 USD.

To enroll ...

  1. DEPOSIT: Students (if under 18 a legal guardian) can place their non-refundable $275 deposit at the link below!

  2. SUBMIT a headshot/photo and bio/resume and a video of the student performing in any facet (School performance, a song performed in a studio, or a monologue).  This is for Lindsay and RSO's reference only, and is not an "audition." Submissions should be sent to:

  3. Your enrollment isn’t complete until we have received both deposit and submission!

  4. SPACE IS LIMITED, so grab a spot before they're gone.  Enrollment closes no later than Dec 15.

Which program would you like to sign up for?
Real quick — Where did you hear about us?
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Where is the Actor Therapy Intensive located?
We will be located at a studio near Midtown Manhattan (Pearl, Ripley Grier, etc) 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.    (Note: some location days may change.)

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 the program?
No more than 16 students will be enrolled in each group.

I didn’t go to, nor do I plan to go to college for musical theatre.  Can I still take the NEW YORK OR BUST program?
Can you?  You must!  This is ideal for you … as we know a lot of very talented people who decided the college route is not for them, and it worked out pretty darn well. :)

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” supplies.  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.  

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.  

What is the AT workload like?
Well, since this is an INTENSIVE, you will definitely have homework. Be prepared to learn new music, assigned specifically for you by Lindsay and RSO, plus scenes for scene study and monologues for your acting class! We want to make sure you get the most out of your time with us, so be ready to dig in and get to work! 

If you assign me new songs, will I be responsible for finding and printing the sheet music?
Great question! We know it can be hard to find and print music, especially when you’re in class all day. Luckily, we here at Actor Therapy have a full staff designated to helping you out. We will do our best to help you find your sheet music, and print it for you if you need it. 

If I’m learning new songs, will I be able to work with a pianist?
Yes! In addition to private coachings with our resident music director to go over your material, we will also offer you the opportunity to get plunked out tracks of your cuts, so that you can practice in the comfort of your own home! 

What if I get sick during the program?
We hope this doesn’t happen, but we understand that sickness can’t be avoided! If you are able, we highly encourage you to try and attend your classes. Watching your classmates and taking notes can be just as valuable as participating, so we are totally cool with you observing if you are under the weather. Just make sure to communicate with us beforehand! 

I’m not 18 yet, but I want to join your program? Can I still attend?
We LOVE that you want to join us, but unfortunately this specific program is geared towards students ages 18 to 24. However, you should definitely check out our Actor Therapy College Prep Program, which was created specifically for students ages 15-19! Find out more information here: We would love to have you! 

Do I have to audition to attend your intensive?
Nope! We ask you for a video submission solely so that our team can get to know you and your work ahead of time. Once we receive your tuition and submission video, you are officially enrolled! 

What makes Actor Therapy different than other acting intensives around the city?
Actor Therapy is unique, first and foremost, in that we combine the highest level training with a focus on individuality and embracing every student as their own artist and their own business, which we (and all our friends!) have found is the key to being successful in an artistic industry.  Furthermore, our teachers are also current industry professionals: actors, writers, directors, choreographers, and more — and they are here for YOU. In addition to helping you find new material and learn new rep, we do our best to cultivate relationships with each of our students. We think that the best way to bring out your unique artistry is by knowing and understanding YOU. This is Actor Therapy, after all!

What if I’m not a dancer ... do I have to attend dance class?
Absolutely! We find dance to be extremely important when it comes to casting, so dance class will be a daily part of your curriculum. Don’t worry, we make sure that class is geared towards all levels, so you won’t feel overwhelmed or out of place! 

What is the primary focus of Actor Therapy NY or Bust?
Our main goal is to get you ready to tackle anything that New York throws at you! We want you to leave feeling prepared for life as an actor in New York, with new rep in your book, new ways to interpret your material, authenticity in the room, and confidence in how you present yourself to the people behind the table. 

If I have any sort of problem during the intensive, what do I do?
COMMUNICATE! We care about each of our students, but we can’t help you if we don’t know what’s wrong! No matter how big or small your issue may be, we highly encourage you to talk to us, either via email or in person, and let us know what’s going on. We are always here to help!

Are there any discounts? 

• If you take both sessions: 10% off combined tuition.
• Equity Membership Candidate (EMC): 5% off tuition.
• AEA (Equity) Member: 15% off tuition.
• Two or more siblings taking the program: 5% off both tuitions.
• Previous students of Actor Therapy: 10% off tuition

After the deposit is paid, when is the balance due?
The balance for each student’s session is due Dec 15.  If you are interested in discussing a payment plan, you can email, 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.

Does Actor Therapy offer any sort of payment plans for the balance?
Yes!  Email us to inquire!

I have another question … How do find out more?
Email us at!

... So grab a spot before they're gone.  Enrollment closes no later than December 15, 2017.