For any actor, the idea of moving to New York City can be pretty daunting. The Open Jar RESIDENCY is geared for the serious musical theatre actor who is moving to New York and wants to get their career started in the right way. 

This unique curriculum being created by Tony-winners Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods), Susan Stroman (The Producers), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and Jeff Whiting is structured to ensure a clear navigation as you begin your acting career in New York City. Getting started in this business is the hardest part and the Open Jar RESIDENCY will help you set yourself up for greater success.


September 24th - November 16th



  • Strategize daily with mentor to shape your first steps in your first audition season.
  • Identify the right auditions for you to attend
  • Choose and coach materials for upcoming auditions
  • Ensure your headshot and resumé are competitive
  • Evaluate performance in auditions/call backs
  • Coach material for agent/casting director showcase


  • Meet and work with Casting Directors
  • Meet and work with Agents
  • Attend Broadway/Off-Broadway shows each week
  • Perform in an Agent/Casting Director Showcase


  • Daily training in dance, acting, voice technique
  • Attend masterclasses taught by Broadway professionals


  • Perform in an Agent/Casting Director Showcase

Note: Admission by audition only. Ideal for student just finishing school. Enrollment limited to 18 people for Fall 2017.

TUITION $4,000

Includes all training, private voice, group voice, Broadway mentor, classes, workshops, masterclasses, Agent/Casting Director Showcase, tickets to 8 Broadway/Off-Broadway shows.

HOUSING $3,000 (optional)

For those who need a place to stay, you will live in a shared, furnished apartment in Midtown Manhattan while we help you find a place to live.