Adler Youth Group

Program description

The centerpiece of 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 and acting in a conservatory environment. They are led by the Studio’s world-class faculty, 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, confident, thoughtful human beings.

Classes for Year One will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm; Saturdays from 11am-1pm. Classes for Year Two will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm; Saturdays from 11am-1pm.

This is a rigorous training program which means that all classes are mandatory and tardiness will not be tolerated.

To request an interview for “Adler Youth” please email Program Director Melissa Mickens at

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


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)