Adler Youth

The studio is excited to offer the Adler Youth program for New York City high school students online!

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, 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 for Year One meet Monday through Friday from 4:00–6:30 PM. Classes for Year Two meet Tuesday through Friday from 4:00–6:30 PM. 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, with the subject line “Interested in Free Actor Training.”

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

Adler Youth Application Form


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)