Theatre Department

Harlem School of the Arts Theatre offers a wide ranging menu of classes led by working professionals.  Classes are offered for ages 3 through adult, and there are offerings for all levels of interest, from the curious beginner through the young professional.  Our more advanced theatrical work emphasizes performance based training in Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre/Improvisation and Ensemble work.  Performance opportunities exist for all students through participation in our main stage season, open classes and special presentations. Reflecting recent technical upgrades in our theatre we will be offering new classes in lighting and scenic design and sound design.

The study of theatre and acting provides multi-faceted benefits in improving speech, critical thinking, and confidence in public situations.  Whether you are exploring theatre for the first time as a hobby or preparing for professional schools and work, HSA Theatre has something to offer you.

View our 2017-18 Theatre Classes!

NEW! View/download the 2017-18 Course Catalog

You must register in person for the 2017-18 classes. Please contact Natalia Peguero, Registration Manager via phone (212) 926.4100 x324 or email to schedule an appointment.

alfredDirector of Theatre
Returning to the HSA family following a previous successful tenure as the department head from 1999 – 2007, Mr. Preisser has directed and produced over fifty professional shows in New York, regionally and in Europe. His work has been recognized with The American Theatre Wing Award, Drama Desk Award, Edwin Booth Award, Lucille Lortel Award and numerous Audelco Awards. His productions of Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death and Caligula are archived at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and his production of King Learfeaturing Andre’ De Shields’ opened the 75th Anniversary Season of The Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. As an educator he has taught and guest directed at CCNY in Harlem, The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, and Stella Adler NYU.

Theatre Department


Alfred Preisser
Program Director
(212) 926-4100 x338


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Natalia Peguero
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212-926-4100 ext 324
11:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm*
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9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
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