CityStage 2021: Transformational Summer Program
for High School Students

Online: June 27 – July 11

CityStage is a unique performing arts pre-college summer institute, where rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors explore theater through a Jewish lens, led by experts in the field. As part of this online one college credit* program, participants will train in acting techniques, playwriting, script analysis, and more while creating a meaningful Jewish community. CityStage students will also explore the history of Jewish identity in the performing arts field and on stage while creatively analyzing Jewish texts and rituals.

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Priority Deadline: May 3
Final Deadline: June 1

Master Classes 

In addition to daily training and study, CityStage offers master classes with Jewish stars and creators from Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as electives in Musical Theater, Improvisation, Songwriting, Design, College Auditioning, and more! 

A Taste of College

CityStage participants experience the excitement of college life and coursework and form lasting friendships with a network of passionate teens from around the country. The program culminates with a showcase of collaborative online performances.

Interactive Shabbat and Sunday programming, too!



*For students enrolling in List College, 1 credit will transfer automatically. For students wishing to apply the credit elsewhere, an additional $700 will be due.

The Schedule

A Typical Day (Monday–Thursday, program will begin each day at 1:00 p.m. ET)

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.:Morning Kick-Off
1:15 p.m.:Class I – Jewish Theatrical History / Jewish Text Review
2:15 p.m.: Break
2:45 p.m.: Class II – Training and Creative Response (Acting and/or Playwriting class)
4:45 p.m.: Break
5:15 p.m.: Class III – Elective or Master Class
6:15 p.m.: Dinner Break
7:15 p.m.: Group Evening Activity and/or Screening
8:45 p.m.: Evening Wrap-up

Shabbat and Weekend Programming 

CityStage’s weekend schedule is designed to allow students to get the most out of their Shabbat experience. Friday programming will be less intensive and focused on preparing for Shabbat as a community. Saturdays will fully be a day of rest from any CityStage programming. Sundays will transition students back into the normal week with slightly reduced class hours.

Tuition and Application

Tuition for our online summer 2021 program is $750 (includes all programming fees).

  • Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis once a complete application is submitted.
  • When you create an application account, make sure to select the “undergraduate” prompt. 
  • Priority Deadline: May 3; Final Deadline: June 1


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to actively participate in theater activities in my home community to participate in CityStage
A: No previous experience is necessary! We hope you can articulate a demonstrated interest and passion for theater so you will get the most out of the program. If you are motivated by an interest and passion for theater, CityStage is the right place to develop your skills. 

Q: Are there any prerequisites for CityStage?
A: Our programs are open to Jews of all backgrounds. While classes are rooted in text, all primary and secondary sources are offered in both English and Hebrew. Hebrew proficiency or prior experience with Jewish text is NOT required.

Q: Do I have to be a performer to participate in CityStage?
A: We encourage participants to have a willingness to perform to get the most out of our program! CityStage offers classes in acting as well as workshops and master classes with theater professionals to delve into playwriting, design, and puppetry. If you are interested in CityStage but are not a performer please note this in your application. 

Q: What does a typical week as a participant in CityStage look like?
A: Each week, students will take a wide range of courses in Jewish text study and history of Jewish engagement with the performing arts. Sample of classes could include Biblical Characters in Performance and History of Yiddish Theater. These classes complement theatrical practicum where students can choose electives, such as musical theater, improv, and songwriting, and participate in master classes and workshops with industry professionals. Throughout the week, the CityStage schedule incorporates exciting community building activities through creative responses to classes, and on Fridays we will come together to craft meaningful Shabbat experiences through music. 

Q: Can I participate in CityStage if I’ve done a JTS pre-college program in the past?
A: Yes! CityStage is the newest offering in JTS’s pre-college programs. We welcome all newcomers and alums of our JTS pre-college programs. 

Q: Will you provide college prep for participants?
A: Yes, CityStage will offer admissions and college success workshops designed to help you learn about choices, better understand the admissions process, and gain effective strategies for translating your high school and Jewish leadership achievements into a college application that stands out. 

Q: I’m not religiously observant—do I have to participate in the Jewish programming?
A: Participants come from all parts of the country and reflect diverse religious attitudes, affiliations, and expressions of Judaism. Our community is bonded by each participant’s curiosity and desire to share how they view their Jewish identity. As with our weekday programming, our Shabbat experience also invites meaningful exploration of Judaism through the arts. Participation in the core of our Shabbat experience, our pre- and post-Shabbat rituals, offers an important space for community cohesion and reflection. We engage with music and song on Friday and Saturday evening as a powerful platform for pluralistic and egalitarian celebration of Shabbat.

Contact Us

If you have questions, or want us to send you information, feel free to contact us anytime at or (212) 678-8832.