11 programs to help you get into the arts

Are you Latino and want a career in the arts but don’t know where to start? Try these programs that will get you started. By Nour Alwan It’s no secret that getting a job…

11 programs to help you get into the arts

Are you Latino and want a career in the arts but don’t know where to start? Try these programs that will get you started.

By Nour Alwan

It’s no secret that getting a job in film, television, theater or music is difficult for people of non-white or non-Christian backgrounds. But it might take longer to find the right program or course of study to help get you started in the arts.

“Finding the best program is like finding the best job, really,” says Mark Robinson, a freelance writer and actor who has performed in several Broadway plays and musicals, including the 2014 revival of “South of Poughkeepsie,” and who is also finishing a play about the birth of hip-hop. “There are so many different ways to make it work.”

Here are 11 programs that can help you in the arts.

1. The Neighborhood Playhouse

The Neighborhood Playhouse, or NPH, is a non-profit theater program for children ages 4 to 18. NPH serves neighborhoods throughout New York City, according to the organization’s website. In recent years it has also added the New York Studio Theatre, where actors from the Neighborhood Playhouse stage plays in a “smaller, more intimate setting.”

“It’s a great way to get into theater. It offers three levels of classes, from infant to adult,” Robinson says. “And it’s not like you’re going to get the best seats, but there’s also a nice mix of kids and adults.”

The classes are offered in both English and Spanish. NPH also offers summer youth programs.

2. The Shakespeare Center of the East

The Shakespeare Center of the East is a school for theater, music and drama for children ages 3 to 18. It was founded by George C. Wolfe, a professor of drama at New York University, who said, “The Shakespeare Center of the East is a place where all children, whether they’re Shakespeare fans or not, can find the joy and pleasure of performance.”

The school offers one-week long summer and fall programs in four different venues: the Shakespeare Center of the East, the Shakespeare Theater Festival, Stony Brook University and the NY Studio Theatre. The Shakespeare Center

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