1 academyNew York City is one of the most popular holiday destinations.   From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve thousands, if not millions, of visitors, flock here to shop and sightsee while the city is lit up and dressed in its festive finery.  It is also the most difficult and most expensive time of year to get theater tickets.

The American Academy for the Dramatic Arts is a well-known acting school that was established in 1884 and is housed in a beautiful 19th century landmark building designed by noted architect Stanford White.  The school has produced many big actors like Robert Redford, Grace Kelly and one of my favorites, Paul Rudd.  What you may not know is that the school has three theaters that are open to the public and free of charge.  This is a great opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow up close and personal today.

Conveniently located at 120 Madison (at 30th Street), the theater offers year-round matinee and evening performances, which is perfect for planning an evening out or for winding down after a morning of shopping and sightseeing.  All the performances are free but you must make reservations.  Visit the website to see the schedule of current shows.

TIP:  Unfortunately, the theaters rarely produce shows that would be enjoyable for children but many would be suitable for teenagers.

For reservations and information call 212-453-5340 or email nyreservations@aada.edu.