The Tepper Semester is invaluable if you are interested in theatre. I honestly believe that it cuts off a few years of trying to figure out acting life in New York. I graduated in December, and although I certainly don't know all the answers, I have met a lot of actors who are 24, 25 years old and after hearing about the program, they pick my brain about what I learned.”
Alison Bennett, 2005

Program Cultural Field Trips

Every student of culture - whether visual, theater, dance or music - will find the world's best examples in New York City. Tepper semester students have three and a half months to discover and explore them, from the many halls of Lincoln Center to the extensive collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the vast array of theater and the sanctuary of Central Park.

Cultural and Museum Visits

Exposure to the spectrum of art disciplines is essential to the development of young artists. To help students develop a broad range of sophisticated cultural references, we introduce them, through weekly field trips, to the city's world-famous museums, galleries, Ellis Island, and other points of interest.

Research Visits

Research is essential to a successful career in the performing arts, and New York's museums and libraries offer unparalleled access to scripts, scores, recordings and even archived videos of past productions at New York's Library for Performing Arts. The city boasts one of the world's most comprehensive library systems, and students can easily and safely walk from their residence to the main branch of the New York Public Library and the Paley Center for Media.