Scene 1 uses an ensemble-based model for students to experience and practice acting with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with artists from The New Group. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students’ individual voices as emerging artists; to provide students with rigorous skills-based courses in various aspects of acting; and to create a community of mutually supportive young artists that help each other grow and excel.

The young people in this program are an integral part of The New Group artistic community, and see our theater as a safe and exciting place to learn and be inspired by one another.

Registration NOW OPEN: Fill out the form here.

FALL SESSION 2022 – Oct. 12 – Dec 14

WHO: Open to New York City High School Students

WHEN: October 12 – December 14, Wednesdays, 4pm – 6pm

WHERE: In-Person! Ripley-Grier Studios (520 8th Avenue New York, NY)

Students will be provided with a snack and a metrocard for transportation. 

This weekly afterschool program for creative teens offers ensemble-based acting training from a distinguished Tony and Drama-Desk Award-winning  Off-Broadway theater company. Come join our artistic family, and learn rigorous acting technique in an accessible, cooperative environment. 

SCENE 1 is divided into three periods: Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. Fall and Spring are once-a-week afterschool meetings, with each semester being freestanding – ending in a fall and a spring performance – but also building on the previous one.  The summer is a daily intensive over 3-4 weeks, culminating in a final performance of student work.

Students also have master classes with New Group artists such as Tony and Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Nixon (And Just Like ThatThe Gilded Age), Jasmine Cephas Jones and Sasha Hutchings of Hamilton, and Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (ZombielandBatman v Superman).

No theater experience required – but a willingness to stretch yourself is essential!

Download a digital program flyer HERE.

Questions? You can email our education department at



About the Instructor

Liza MillerLiza Miller is an actor, singer, and teaching artist in NYC. In addition to her work with The New Group’s HS theatre program, Scene 1, Liza creates and facilitates programs and curriculum with arts education organizations that work in partnership to provide after-school and in-school residencies, and summer theatre and music programming for the NYC DOE. These organizations include ArtsConnection, Opening Act, and Community Word Project.  Liza is currently pursuing her MS.Ed in Educational Theatre as an Arthur Miller Foundation Scholar.  Liza also runs her own private voice and acting studio in NYC. As an actor, her credits include: Theater: The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Twelfth Night (The Schoolhouse Theatre), Warsaw (Alvin Ailey & NYMF), Booth! The Musical (Skirball Center for Performing Arts),The Who’s Tommy (Debaun Center for Performing Arts), Flim Flam (York Theatre), Chicago (Weathervane Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel (Provincetown Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chicago Theater w/ Donny Osmond). Film: Mr. Blue Sky. TV: “We the People” (NBC). Training: Master’s in Classical Acting, LAMDA; Bachelor of Music – Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre, NYU Steinhardt. 

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The New Group’s education programs are supported in part by The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.
Generous support for The New Group is provided by The Shubert Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation.

The New Group’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.