Free Programs & Opportunities

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BAX’s Free Programs & Opportunities for Youth provide access to young artists from all backgrounds to find a common bond through the performing arts. Structured to treat young artists with the respect given to professionals, the festivals include opportunities for youth to network with peers, develop work, receive mentorship from professional artists and production staff, and get exposed to the marketing and press aspects of producing.

Teaching Artist in Residence (TAIR)

Join professional theater artist, activist, and BAX Teaching Artist in Residence, Daniel Carlton, in developing an original performance piece for production in the BAX Theater (Spring 2015). This piece will explore issues affecting our communities and world, and how the arts can help to address them. Our collaborative creative process will include a new approach to arts based leadership and will create a new experience for artists, community members and audiences.Young artists will decide the social issues that will make up the theme of the project. They will then work together with arts experts, activists and advocates in those issues to create a performance that will engage the public in a real conversation about the needs of those organizations as well as the actions and policies needed to support them. Participants will gain valuable performance and community engagement skills, gain networking experience and contacts, and build meaningful, professional artistic content for their own artist portfolios… READ MORE

YouthWorks (YW)

provides young creators, ages 8-18, with the opportunity to get hands-on experience developing and presenting their own original work in dance, theater, poetry, music, and performance. BAX provides each participant time and support to develop their own work, including free designated BAX studio space and coaching from professionals in the performance field. The 6-week rehearsal period culminates with a fully staged production of individual, partner, and small group pieces in the BAX Theater. Participation in the YW program is free and open to any young artist living in the greater New York City area… READ MORE

Family Orientation: December 6, 2014
Performance Dates: January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2015

Teen Arts Conference


For more than 15 years, BAX’s Teen Arts Conference (TAC) has provided teen performing artists (ages 13-18) across New York City and beyond with a unique opportunity to come together as part of a wider cultural community of learners and practitioners. The free, day-long Teen Arts Conference offers a range of theater, dance, and movement workshops from hip hop to stage combat, panel discussions with professional artists and leaders in the field, and culminates with a Performance Gala in the BAX Theater, where the teen groups perform their work for each other and a public audience… READ MORE

2015 Teen Arts Conference: March 7, 2015

Teen Artists Learners and Leaders (TALL) Council

The brand-new TALL Council is a youth-led leadership community of engaged, ambitious and motivated teen artists eager to deepen their engagement with the performing arts. Whether it’s creating and sharing solo work, socializing and networking with other teen artists, discussing professional performances, or organizing their own open-mic night, the group, with the support and guidance of BAX’s Education Department, is empowered to design their own experience as Teen Artists Learners and Leaders. TALL Council Members are middle school to recent college graduate age; they may be current BAX students, BAX alumni, or familiar with BAX events and festivals… READ MORE

Questions to TALLCoordinator@bax.org.

Job & Leadership Opportunities

The Education Department offers internships and community service opportunities throughout the calendar year for those interested in gaining valuable work experiences in arts administration, youth education, and festival/event planning and producing. Additionally, BAX hires High School and College aged-students for Junior and Senior Counselor positions in the School Breaks Arts Programs.
Positions are posted on our website: HERE

Financial Aid & Scholarships

BAX is committed to insuring that all students have access to quality arts education regardless of means. At BAX, no student is turned away based on the inability to pay. We offer scholarship assistance for all of our education programs, and approximately 20% of the student population receives some level of financial assistance… READ MORE

BAX’s Free Youth Education Initiatives are made possible through the underwriting and generous contributions from the New York Methodist Hospital.