AileyPPAS Spring Concert

Be sure to catch our Ailey dancers at the AileyPPAS Spring Concert. Performances are on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 4, at 3:00 and at 7:30. The performances will take place at the Citigroup Theater, which is situated in the Ailey building located at 405 West 55th Street. Please note that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to attend the performance and that masks must be worn inside the Ailey building at all times. Order tickets now.

Waterwell Wins High School Festival

From Heather Lanza:

I am proud to share that the Waterwell Drama Program has won the prestigious Shubert Foundation High School Theater Festival for the second year in a row!

The Festival is a city-wide competition in which five productions are selected from among all the year’s High School shows from all five boroughs. I am thrilled that our community of young artists is being recognized in this way and am inspired by their commitment to making theater with excellence and empathy in challenging conditions.

Last year, Waterwell students’ virtual rendition of Romeo and Juliet, directed by our own Cherie Corinne Rice, was selected as a festival winner. This year, our production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which I directed and which was featured on stage at the Winter Garden Broadway theater on May 23, made us back-to-back winners.

The thriving creativity, artistry, and success of Waterwell students demonstrates the relevance and power of arts education rooted in empathy and engagement with civic issues that touch students’ lives.

PPAS Musical Theater Shows

Please join us for our Musical Theater’s exciting play festival next week–

All tickets are $10.
PPAS Staff and Students are free.
All tickets will be available at the entrance to each show.

“Batboy” – the Musical!
PPAS Auditorium
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm

“Unspeakable Acts” – a collection of short plays
PPAS Blackbox
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 7pm

“The Thugs” – a play by Adam Bock
RTKids Performance Studio
445 West 45 Street (bet 9 and 10 Aves)
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 7pm

Performing Arts Conservatory

The Performing Arts Conservatory introduces and cultivates a love of performing arts in third- to eighth-grade students (children ages 8 to 14) by emphasizing dedication, discipline, and enjoyment in dance and musical theater. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary arts education while building our three core values of confidence, character, and community.

The Conservatory is devoted to delivering quality instruction in dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and contemporary) and musical theater in a safe, nurturing, and fun-filled environment. Over the course of seven weeks each summer, students of all skill levels learn the magic of dance, stage presence, vocal technique, and ensemble work. Students also have opportunities to experience the rich artistic vibrancy of their city on local field trips.

The Conservatory’s multidisciplinary curriculum is taught by professional New York City-based artists and led by experienced artists and arts educators; our Dance Director has over 20 years of professional experience in teaching and performing and our Musical Theater Director is an arts educator and Broadway performer. Students receive additional support from an enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated team of youth counselors who combine a love of theater and dance with a desire to help young people achieve their highest potential.The Conservatory concludes with a showcase performance and celebration. Family, friends, and community members are invited to watch students share the fruits of their hard work throughout the summer.

Get more info and register.

New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive

The New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive is a two-week summer training program for young actors ages 15 to 19. Students delve deeply into Shakespeare’s works, characters, and language through a progressive program of physical movement training and character development techniques to prepare them with the fundamentals required for university and the professional acting arena.

For the third year in a row, the intensive is being presented in an online format. The program will run from July 11-July 22, culminating in an invited showcase on the final day. The classes will be held between 10am and 3pm EST on Zoom.

The program is able to offer three students from PPAS partial-tuition scholarships of $170.00 The recipients must be ambitious students in good academic standing that you and your colleagues recommend. The tuition has been adjusted for the online format from $2,350 to $850 USD. There are just a few spots left, and we want to make sure your students don’t miss out on this opportunity. 

Additional information about the program can be found on their website:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at (914) 893-6617 or email

PPAS Alumni Film

Generation Wrecks features PPAS alumni Victoria Leigh, Violet Prete, Noa Solomon, Jonah Barricklo, Jibreel Mawry, Sam Poon, and Alice Kremelberg. It will be playing its 10th festival on June 20th, at Manhattan Film Festival’s Cinema Village. You can purchase tickets through their website,

Victoria and Bridget wrote Generation Wrecks with Victoria’s father, Kevin T. Morales, starting in the summer before junior year and continuing on weekends during school months. Right up to the very moment they started filming three days after Victoria’s last day at PPAS. 

Generation Wrecks is not MPAA rated but contains moments of strong language, and teen partying. 

Here’s the trailer

2022 Spring Concert



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Coronation Mass in C Major 
Led by Maestro Vagharshak Ohanyan 

Friday, May 6, 2022 – 7:30 PM  
Church of the Blessed Sacrament  
152 West 71st Street (between Broadway and Columbus)    

Suggested Donation: $20 Adult, $10 Child