ESPA is New York’s fastest growing performing arts school with departments in acting, writing, musical theater and directing.   ESPA is grounded in the belief that collaboration – within ESPA, Primary Stages, and the greater community – is essential for artistic and career growth.  

Our teachers are among the best working artists in New York, and our student accomplishments include roles on and off Broadway, acceptance to Juilliard and countless other awards, productions and fellowships.

The Spring Semester begins February 13!

Acting courses include Scene Study: Adam Rapp/Lucy Thurber, Green Screen Technique, Dialects and more. Visit for a complete course list. 

Writing courses range from The First Draft and The Rewrite to Experimental Theater and The Libretto. And with our Online Writing courses, students now have the option to write from the comfort of their own home.  Visit for a complete course list. 


Directing courses offer a wide array of focuses within the profession, including Site-Specific Directing and Contemporary Stage Design For Directors & Writers.  Visit for a complete course list. 

For more information or questions, contact Rachel Ely at 212.840.9705 or  Or visit

ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers.

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