The wonderful thing about directing a concert through the Student Leadership Program was the creative freedom allowed to us. NYMF trusted us to create something as an artistic ensemble of recent graduates that they would be proud to put their name on. Since completing the program one year ago, the NYMF staff have been continuous mentors to me. They have supplied me with invaluable connections and are always there to answer questions about our crazy industry!

Katherine Wilkins, 2016 Student Leader

Student Leadership Program

Building the next generation of artistic leaders. 

The NYMF Student Leadership Program (SLP) provides training and mentoring to students interested in careers in musical theater. NYMF accepts applications each spring from both undergraduate and graduate students, ultimately selecting a group of student leaders. They are assigned roles of producer, director, music director, casting director, marketing director, or stage manager – depending on their areas of interest – under the mentorship and supervision of our producing artistic director.

NYMF provides both a production budget and the Festival’s technical resources to underwrite an original concert devised and assembled by the SLP team. In addition to the students serving on the creative team, the concert is entirely written and performed by their peers.

NYMF strives to include students from as many schools as possible in the SLP and gives students the chance to forge meaningful relationships with their peers at other institutions. Recent SLP participants have hailed from Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, Pace University, University of Notre Dame, and several other institutions.