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The TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble

At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free, pre-professional theater training and youth development program for more than 80 children aged 8-18 who come from across the NY metro area. Membership in the Ensemble is by audition only, and members perform in mainstage productions and at special events throughout NYC. However, the program doesn't end there! Youth development activities range from transportation subsidies to small group mentoring with TADA! staff, to college preparation and tours to free snacks during rehearsals. In addition to theater skills, Ensemble Members improve their abilities in teamwork, time management, public speaking, positive communication, and conflict resolution. Over 1,000 kids have been part of the TADA! productions and Ensemble program since 1984.

We accept kids and teens of all levels of experience. You do not need any prior experience to join the Ensemble! You don't need any professional credit or special training. You don't need a headshot, a resume, or an agent. Our Ensemble Members come from all walks of life and from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they are all united in their desire to make great musical theater. Many go on to pursue theater professionally as adults, many others go on to other careers - but all agree that being a part of TADA! made growing up easier and taught them countless skills applicable to any direction they go in life. The Resident Youth Ensemble is about building a community that becomes like a second home for its participants, a place to be part of professional quality productions while also just being kids and having fun.

Resident Youth Ensemble FAQS

How do I become an Ensemble Member?

TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble open auditions are held at various times throughout each year. Please see our Audition Page for more information about the audition schedule for the current season. Once accepted into the Ensemble, an Ensemble Member may stay in the program until he/she graduates from high school.

What benefits do Ensemble Members receive?

Ensemble Training Classes: These classes are designed to help Ensemble members meet the challenges of performing in a musical and improving their theater skills. The curriculum includes: Acting, Music Theory, Voice and Diction, Dance Technique, Improvisation, and Playwriting. Classes are free of charge and taught by professionals. They are closed to the general public.

Performance Opportunities: In addition to the Mainstage Productions, Ensemble Members also have the opportunity to appear in numerous special event performances throughout the year.

Audition Preparation: Assistance with preparing for Middle School, High School, College, or Professional Auditions

Tickets: Free or reduced tickets to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other New York Shows

Industry Panels and Guest Artists: In past years, we've hosted panels of playwrights, directors, actors, and other theater professionals who have shared their experience and answered questions in a relaxed, informal setting.

Mentoring: Ensemble Members are matched with a staff member, providing a more personal connection.

Transportation Subsidies: Ensemble Members who demonstrate financial need are provided with financial support for the cost of traveling to and from TADA!.

Snacks: Ensemble Members are provided with healthy snacks during each class or rehearsal.

Education Classes: Once Ensemble Members reach a certain level in the program, they are eligible to take TADA! Education classes free of charge.

College Prep: Older Ensemble Members receive individual assistance with the college search, applications, essay-writing, and scholarships. Trips are also planned to visit colleges and universities of interest. This year, college tour destinations have included: Yale, Rutgers, Pace, Wagner, SUNY Purchase, Hofstra, and more!

Do Ensemble Members receive any personalized training assistance?

Once a student has surpassed the skill level of the current classes offered at TADA!, he/she is advised to take individual lessons in voice, and/or adult level dance classes at Broadway Dance Center. TADA! provides financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. TADA! also offers private voice lessons with our professional music directors/vocal coaches.

What is required of the Ensemble Members?

Among the many responsibilities that each Ensemble Member must fulfill, one of the most important is the community service requirement. Members may assist TADA! as production interns, design interns, administrative interns or ushers. Members also have the opportunity to assist a director or choreographer on a production, student teach in TADA!'s Education classes, or help tutor other Ensemble members academically.

For detailed information, please contact Matthew Haws, Ensemble Manager, at mhaws@tadatheater.com or by calling 212.252.1619 x132.

TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble Program is supported in part by the Heart & Soul Foundation, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.