Discover New York City through an immersive experience of its unparalleled food and theater — two integral parts of the city’s famed cultural landscape.

New York City is the cultural capital of the world and home to an abundance of thriving creative fields, including food and theater culture. If it’s happening anywhere, it’s happening in New York City. Meet the innovators, commentators, critics and observers of emerging trends in each of these creative fields and investigate how they are building their careers to drive a global conversation. The modules will also integrate students into the local, innovative food and theater scenes, guiding them through the writing about and creation of inspiring Off-Broadway theater pieces and great food.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• New York's downtown theater scene is the laboratory for our nation's most vibrant theater. As part of the course, students will attend an original production and meet professionals from the theater world. Students will also have the opportunity to work on creating fresh, relevant, original work to create a short performance using a variety of source materials as well as craft their own monologues.

• New York City has a rich culture of preparing, cooking and consuming food. Students will explore the history of food in New York, visit restaurants, hear from culinary experts, learn about the business of food and examine celebrity food culture. In a truly multisensory experience, students will read about, write about, think about, taste and make great food.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Hayes Theater, Galaxy Dumpling, Kalustyan’s Spice Market and Chinatown. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Jesse Green (Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times), John Collins (Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service), Lesley Tellez (Journalist, Culinary Tour Expert & Author), Helen Baldus (public relations and former professional cook) and Harold Wolpert (Managing Director of Roundabout Theatre).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: July 5 - July 17

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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