Performing Arts Industry Essentials

Part Time 5 Weeks Online

What will I learn?

Module 1: The Performing Arts Landscape. This module gives you an overview of theatre history and unpacks the mechanisms through which a show fulfils its promise to the audience.

Module 2: Getting it off the Ground. Before the cast steps foot into the theatre, the scripts have to be written, funding and space have to be procured, and there must be an overall artistic vision. This module focuses on all the people who get the show moving.

Module 3: Setting the Stage. It takes an army of skills to turn an empty space into the world of the show. This module focuses on the designers, staging professionals, and media experts who collaborate with a director.

Module 4: The Performance. This module highlights the performers who bring the show to life each night. What is the job of a professional actor, dancer, or musician in the theatre?

Module 5: After Opening Night and the Wider World of Performance. This module focuses on the professionals who make a show run from a casting, technical, and administrative perspective. A show doesn’t exist in a vacuum; these roles play a crucial role in any show’s overall success.


Explore all areas of the performing arts industry with this new 100% online program from faculty at New York University (NYU), and featuring experts from Backstage and leaders from across the industry.The program includes 5 online course modules, and related skill-building activities. Each module is 3-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter lessons that students complete at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit Certificate of Completion from NYU.

What are the requirements?

No prerequisites for joining the course.


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The Performing Arts Landscape Getting it off the Ground Setting the Stage The Performance After Opening Night Wider World of Performance
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