We’re pleased to offer workshops that focus on refining skills needed for applying to college and acting programs. Our brilliant teaching artists and guests from the New Group family will give students fun and rigorous ways to approach presenting themselves and telling their stories in this new environment.

My Story: Transforming Personal Stories for College Applications

Learn to show your best self! Using theater techniques including improvisation and playwriting, these intensive classes offer teens the chance to create and refine their own personal stories for use in the college application process.

Each student will create at least two “monologues” that can be used as Common Application essays, and learn to answer questions about themselves as compelling stories. Students will engage in collaborative theater exercises to free up their ability to communicate, and present their work in written and oral form for feedback from professional theater artists.

Cost: Free

When: Thursdays, 4 to 6 pm EST

Section 1: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
 Section 2: November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17

Where: On Zoom- Must have compatible device

Instructor: Liza Miller


Liza Miller is an actor, singer, and Lead Teaching Artist of The New Group’s Scene 1 Teen Ensemble. She 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. Liza also runs her own private voice and acting studio in NYC. Training: Master’s in Classical Acting, LAMDA; Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre, NYU Steinhardt. Liza is currently pursuing her MS.Ed in Educational Theatre as an Arthur Miller Foundation Scholar.

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).