Training for Tomorrow, Today

At the Sands College of Performing Arts, your career begins the day you enter the program, not the day you graduate.


College for Aspiring Broadway Stars (Source: College Magazine)

Top Dance Program

Named one of the Best College Dance Programs for 2022-2023 in America (Source:

Top 10

Most Represented Colleges on Broadway (2021-2022 season) (Source: Playbill)

Your Campus, Your home: You Can Make It Here!

The Sands College of Performing Arts at Pace University is located in historic Lower Manhattan, now known as much for its burgeoning cultural scene as its connection to global finance. Imagine yourself walking the Brooklyn Bridge, dinning at South Street Seaport, or visiting the One World Observatory.

Students at Battery Park at night looking over the Hudson river

Grow as an Artist and Person

“You are capable of doing whatever you dream of,” says Sands College of Performing Arts student Camila Rivera, who grew up in the countryside of Puerto Rico and is now studying acting in the most connected city on Earth.

Camila Rivera

Sands College Performing Arts Programs

One of most unique programs in the United States for young actors interested in devised, ensemble work. Based in New York, with a semester abroad, the BA in Acting–International Performance Ensemble (IPE) balances academics and rigorous training in a highly collaborative environment.

The BFA in Acting combines fundamental and innovative industry-focused training to prepare students for the professional world of theater and film/media acting. Taught by current industry professionals and leaders in the field, our BFA in Acting provides both a nurturing and rigorous environment.

Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials (FTVC) re-examines the training of the contemporary actor and media performer from top to bottom. It offers a fresh approach to acting as well as physical and vocal preparation. With studio classes, performance opportunities, and individual attention all in the heart of New York City, Pace Performing Arts’ FTVC major readies the young actor for entry in to today's multi-faceted industry.

Studying commercial dance in the Pace School of Performing arts, you’ll be a part of one of the few dance programs in the country that truly opens doors to the industry. Student not only train in ballet, jazz, theater dance, hip hop, modern, tap, contemporary, aerial arts, and other dance styles, but also take acting, vocal music, other electives to broaden their experience and marketability as a dancer.

As one of the few undergraduate directing programs in the United States, the BA in Directing connects you with the industry like no other. Based in New York, with a semester abroad, directing students train with some of the best professionals in the creation of new work.

What better place to earn your BFA in Musical Theater than in the musical theater capital of the world? Our BFA in Musical Theater provides you with a strong foundation in acting, singing, and dancing—and the synthesis of these three—to prepare you for a professional career in musical theater, taught by well-connected professionals working in the industry.

Are you ready to become a critically engaged and technologically sophisticated professional in the fields of scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound? The BFA in Production and Design for Stage and Screen provides intensive pre-professional training for young designers and craftspeople looking to enter into the entertainment industry—and make an impact.

One of the few programs in the US designed exclusively to train you for stage and company management career, the BA in Stage Management at the Pace School of Performing Arts blends in-class instruction with practical experience and connections to professional opportunities in New York City.

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2023-24 Stages

Every academic year performing arts students gain hands-on experience producing, directing, acting, and dancing in their own shows. Check out the exciting line-up for the 2023-24 season.

Students on stage performing Spring Awakening
Commercial dance students caught in motion on stage infront of orange background

Fall Dance Intensive

Fall 2023's intensive will run October 6-8, 2023.

Students attending the Pace Dance Intensive will spend three days with Pace faculty and guest artists participating in leveled classes in dance styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, theater dance, hip hop, contemporary, and partnering.

Ready to take the next step?

Curtains up on your debut into the Sands College of Performing Arts at Pace University.