Program Overview

Open Stage Project is a free program for female* high school students interested in careers behind the scenes on Broadway and in TV/film. 

*We use an inclusive definition of "girls," “women,” and “female.” 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.

Act 1 events are open to all female* high school students in the NYC area. 


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Act 2 is a year-long, application-based mentorship program for female* high school students entering their Junior or Senior year.

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Act 3 places high school graduates into  paid internships in the Broadway industry. Students must complete our Act 2 program to qualify.
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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.

Program Info

Performances and Career Conversations

Students attend Broadway and Off-Broadway performances followed by exclusive question and answer sessions with female backstage professionals.

Studio Tours

Students tour scenic, props, and costume studios to learn about the construction and design of physical production elements.


Students attend workshops and panels where seasoned professionals discuss the requirements and benefits of union membership.

Mentoring and Internships

We connect Act 2 and Act 3 students to our vast network of successful female professionals for mentoring and internship opportunities. 


Past Events


Watch Party and Q&A: Newsies

Watch Party and Q&A: Newsies

April 28, 2021

Students participated in an exclusive Newsies watch party, courtesy of Disney Theatrical Group's Education department, followed by a Q&A with Open Stage Project staff who worked on the Broadway and touring productions.

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Panel: 3rd Annual Union Panel 

Panel: 3rd Annual Union Panel

April 13, 2021 

Over 65 students, teachers, and industry professionals participated virtually in Open Stage Project's annual union panel.

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Watch Party and Q&A: What the Constitution Means to  Me  

Watch Party and Q&A: WCMM

February 15th, 2021

Open Stage Project students watched the recording of What the Constitution Means to Me live on Zoom, with a post show talkback with female tech team!