Discover a progressive artistic center housed within The New School, in one of the world’s greatest performing arts cities. NYC. We nurture each individual artist in order to cultivate fearless risk takers who go beyond the edge of the stage.
We have transformed the traditional music conservatory by integrating rigorous classical training with real-world experience and cross disciplinary opportunities.
We interweave rigor with creative experimentation. Our work exemplifies imagination, social consciousness, and authenticity of expression.
We are renowned across the globe for our artist-as-mentor approach and the largest internship program in New York City.
What makes a 21st century artist? We believe it is finding new
relevance for your art, reinventing convention, training like an
artist, engaging with social issues, embracing collaboration,
and navigating sustainable career opportunities. Welcome to
the College of Performing Arts.
We not only break down walls between our performing arts disciplines figuratively, we do it literally as well. Our new performing arts building offers world class facilities designed for one and all. Acoustically tuned practice rooms, adjustable performance spaces, our ground floor glass box theatre bring together artists on a daily basis.
True to The New School’s dedication to collaborative excellence, students from the College of Performing Arts combined their array of talents to put on Mannes School of Music's first musical production, Happy End. The play, written by poet Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, is itself a collision of disciplines that centers on the political conflict between a group of speakeasy gangsters and the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1919—the founding year of The New School.
As one of the first collaborations between the three schools that make up the College of Performing Arts, Happy End drew on a range of resources of this intimate university community. MFA Acting students from the School of Drama, along with Mannes Voice students, served as the play's cast of characters, while Mannes and Jazz students brought to life Weill’s timeless compositions. Gary S. Fagin delivered world-class direction as guest conductor and music director, bringing together a rich and compelling production that evokes our political past and points to the college's bright future.
We offer a variety of courses specifically designed to allow all our performing artists to explore and unleash their creativity together.
Improvisation is an integral part of the creative process across artistic disciplines and this first experimental collaborative laboratory course between Jazz, Drama, and Mannes explores the outer reaches of how student performers from these different disciplines can interact together using the common language of improvisation. Learn more about this course and others.
Learn More About All Our Interdisciplinary Courses