Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater
340 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
The Neighborhood Playhouse has a century-long history that includes some of the greatest figures in American theatre. Both modern dance pioneer Martha Graham and original Group Theatre member Sanford Meisner taught at NPST beginning in the 1930s. It was there that Meisner developed his now famous technique, which is taught at acting conservatories throughout the world.
To maintain its high standard of excellence, the School of the Theatre has rigorous admissions requirements. You must submit three letters of recommendation: one personal, one professional, and one financial. Interestingly, NPST does not audition, but an interview is required of all applicants.
The School’s academics include a 2-year certificate program and a 6-week summer intensive. The 2-year curriculum includes acting, voice, stage combat, movement and dance, physical theatre and theatre history. The condensed 6-week curriculum includes acting, voice and movement. Both curricula are rooted in the Meisner Technique, which teaches how to act truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
Because going to school in New York City certainly isn’t cheap, the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre offers extensive financial aid to those who qualify. You can apply for Title IV programs like Pell grants and Stafford loans, as well as NPST’s several scholarships.
Quick Facts about Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater
Large City Setting
Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)
On-Campus Housing Available
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