PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY ESSENTIALS

Explore all areas of the performing arts industry with this new 100% online program from faculty at New York University (NYU), and featuring experts from Backstage and leaders from across the industry.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

LEARN THE BUSINESS

Get insider access to key areas of the industry with 45+ on-demand video lessons, and build real-world skills through self-paced projects and assignments.

MAP YOUR CAREER

Learn about all the various roles and career paths in performing arts, and get first-hand tips and advice on how to achieve your goals from the biggest names in the business.

STAND OUT

Earn a Certificate of Completion in Performing Arts Industry Essentials from globally-recognized New York University to add to your profile.

INSTRUCTORS AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS

CURRICULUM

The program includes 5 online course modules, and related skill-building activities. Each module is 3-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter lessons that students complete at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit Certificate of Completion from NYU.

Arts Module 1

Module 1: The Performing Arts Landscape

This module gives you an overview of theatre history and unpacks the mechanisms through which a show fulfills its promise to the audience.

Arts Module 2

Module 2: Getting it off the Ground

Before the cast steps foot into the theater, the scripts have to be written, funding and space have to be procured, and there must be an overall artistic vision. This module focuses on all the people who get the show moving.

Arts Module 3

Module 3: Setting the Stage

It takes an army of skills to turn an empty space into the world of the show. This module focuses on the designers, staging professionals, and media experts who collaborate with a director.

Arts Module 4

Module 4: The Performance

This module highlights the performers who bring the show to life each night. What is the job of a professional actor, dancer, or musician in the theater?

Arts Module 5

Module 5: After Opening Night and the Wider World of Performance

This module focuses on the professionals who make a show run from a casting, technical, and administrative perspective. A show doesn’t exist in a vacuum; these roles play a crucial role in any show’s overall success.

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