The 2010 Nickelodeon Parents' Pick for best New York City acting school, The Arts Effect activates young actors with classes and camps rooted in method acting and a fun, encouraging environment. Much like speaking to a jury, classes challenge kids to use real-life experiences, textual analysis, and a lawyer to bring authenticity to their performances.
The Puppet Kitchen is a full service puppet design, build, performance, and puppet instruction shop. If you need help with any aspect of puppetry from the creation, to their construction, to making them move, we are your one-stop-shop.
In print and online, Back Stage aims to organize a flood of information on casting calls, audition advice, and breaking industry news into a resource both aspiring and working actors can turn to daily. Tips on snagging representation, choosing headshots, and managing on-set frustration all help subscribers make the most of thousands of entertainment job listings for roles in commercials, films, and major state senates. In major cities around the country, Actorfest delivers its advice and opportunities in the flesh via intensive workshops, casting calls, and meetings with industry pros.
Since Robert Joffrey and Robert Arpino called the first class to order in 1953, the Joffrey Ballet School has made its slippered footprint in the dance world. Once the domain of legendary instructors including Rudolph Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, and Carmen De Lavallade, the school now houses faculty members ready to train the next generation of America’s great dancers. With teachers ranging from a veteran of the National Ballet Company of Guatemala to the ghost of Gene Kelly, the school continues to blend multiple dance styles into its balletic training, building well-rounded dancers versed in jazz, contemporary, character, and hip-hop. All of the training tends to pay off; graduates of the Joffrey Ballet School frequently go on to shine in companies including the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
The Manhattan Comedy School's elite instructors have worked with such behemoths of the humor world as Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and David Letterman. This 90-minute workshop introduces nascent entertainers to the basics of stand-up comedy, including key principles, joke writing, and airline-food observation fundamentals. The course, which has been endorsed by bigwigs of witticism including Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan, also covers techniques for pitching your act and getting onstage in New York. Session speakers, subject to change, are slated to include Chuck Nice, who has appeared on the Today Show and Morning Joe; Cory Kahaney, who has appeared on HBO and Late Show with David Letterman; Harrison Greenbaum, one of Comedy Central’s 2010 Comics to Watch; and Karen Bergreen, a published author who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Speakers may be subject to change.
When you walk into The Toy Museum of NY, you might see a Raggedy Ann doll. And another. And then another. Through this head-spinning proliferation of Anns and other characters—from Shirley Temple to Howdy Doody to Mr. Potato Head—kids and nostalgic adults explore changes in toymaking trends. Much of the collection of hundreds of dolls, games, and figurines from the 1880s–1980s is behind glass, so little hands get their passport to this wonderland of playthings via Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre. Kids gather around her singing, dancing highness for an illustrated tour through toyland as they’re invited up on stage to don costumes, play instruments, and perhaps diagnose an ailing doll’s stuffing troubles alongside other energetic, quick-witted actors. They can also attend the Special Toy Invention Program and learn about the invention of such cornerstones of American childhood as the Slinky, the Etch-A-Sketch, the Frisbee, and the empty refrigerator box.