Playwrights Hoizaons Theater School


Recognizing the diverse needs and ambitions of the 21st century theater artist, Playwrights Horizons Theater School offers students a one-of-a-kind, project-based training program. As the only studio training in acting, directing, design, playwriting, and devising in a single setting, Playwrights Horizons offers students an unparalleled opportunity for the cross-fertilization of skills, a commitment to the collaborative nature of theater, and a dedication to the principle that each student is a whole artist to be nurtured, challenged and celebrated.

Rigorous training with our diverse faculty of professional artists working in both the traditions of western theater and global contemporary performance styles challenges each student to discover and bring forth the artist within. As students progress through the program, the balance of training shifts from projects that support foundational class work, to class work that supports the needs of the artist in the development and production of projects. This training offers opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, recent alumni, faculty professionals and guest mentors, creating a network of feedback and support that serves as a bridge to the world beyond studio walls.

Our project-driven methodology ensures that students emerge from the program with the physical, emotional and intellectual strength and flexibility their work requires. Our students develop a deep connection to their own personal vision and appetite for artistic risk that will enable them to define their own unique path as artists, citizens, and human beings.


This studio is part of Playwrights Horizons, one of New York’s most vital nonprofit off-Broadway theaters, whose focus is on the innovation, development and production of new work.  Over five decades, the theater has premiered many influential plays such as Sunday in the Park With George, Violet, I Am My Own Wife, Clybourne Park and Assassins. Recent notable productions include Dance Nation, A Strange Loop, The Flick, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Bootycandy, Marjorie Prime, and Heroes of the Fourth Turning.

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