Open Stage 


Introducing young women to backstage theatrical careers

Upcoming Events

Apply today for Open Stage Project's 2021-2022 Act 2 Program! This FREE program is for NYC public high school girls* interested in behind-the-scenes careers in theater, film, and TV. 


Selected students attend Broadway shows with post-show talkbacks, tour physical production shops, and connect directly with industry mentors. The program runs September 2021-May 2022 and continues virtually during COVID-19.

Application Deadline: Saturday, July 31st, 2021 @11:59pm ET 

Cost to participate: $0

Group interviews will be held after your application has been reviewed, and students will be notified no later than September 1st, 2021.

*We use an inclusive definition of "girls," “women,” and “female” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

Our Mission

A free after school program designed to introduce young women* to the backstage theatrical arts. This program aims to create a revolution in the arts by empowering women's voices in all areas of theatrical storytelling.

*We use an inclusive definition of "girls," “women,” and “female,” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people. We believe in supporting the many intersections of our members’ identities, such as but not limited to race, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic class, and immigrant/indigenous status.


Program Overview

Open Stage Project teaches job-readiness with an eye toward workforce development in our Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 programs. We focus on resume-building and job training to close the gender gap backstage. Our events include performances, career conversation, studio tours, panels, and mentorship opportunities.


Student Testimonials

Act 2 Student


"Open Stage Project taught me how to network, which translated through to school as well. It’s important to build the skills to reach out and to not be afraid.”

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