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Performer’s Theatre Workshop Announces 1st Annual PTW Esther and Howard Kravitz Scholarship Award Competition

Have a star in the family? PTW is offering a scholarship! Credits: Photo by Maryanne Teng Hogarth

Performers Theatre Workshop (PTW) is dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to the lives of young students through the performing arts.  PTW today announces a project that is very meaningful to children of all ages:  the PTW Esther and Howard Kravitz Scholarship Award Competition. (See how to enter, below.)

The competition rewards our region's top young artists with scholarships for up to $1,500 to enable them to study the performing arts at PTW. This is a chance for PTW to give back to the community and to give talented young artists opportunities to learn their craft. 

For PTW's Executive Artistic Director, Dean Kravitz, scholarships are about much more than offering free classes, since his family’s history has deep roots in his own mom receiving a scholarship.  For info on how to enter, visit 

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"My mother, Esther Kravitz, received a merit scholarship when she was in her early teens,” noted Kravitz. “As a result of that scholarship, my mother was able to pursue her dream and was soon accepted into Julliard School of Music as a pianist and composer, where she met my father, Howard Kravitz. Together, they founded Performers Theatre Workshop as a place for talented young artists to learn their craft in a non-competitive, nurturing environment with top-notch faculty. 

“If it weren't for that merit scholarship given to my mother, there would be no Performers Theatre Workshop.  Because of this amazing opportunity my mother received, as well as my belief in paying it forward in life as part of appreciation for what I've received from others, I created the PTW Esther and Howard Kravitz Scholarship Fund. 

“The initiatives of the scholarship fund enable PTW to give opportunities to talented young artists that they otherwise wouldn't have. This allows students to pursue their passion and dreams in the performing arts with the expert training they so deserve."

By sharing this enriching opportunity with your children, you will help PTW continue to make a powerful difference in the lives of New Jersey's youth with inspiring performing arts education, as we have done for close to 4 decades.


Performers Theatre Workshop was founded in 1983.  We train our students in singing, dancing and acting with top-notch industry professionals. We have had countless students in feature films, TV shows, commercials and on Broadway.  PTW's veteran artists/educators help aspiring young artists deepen and grow their skills in classes and special programs with multiple age/level divisions.  Please check out to find out more about what makes PTW such a special place for young artists.

PTW strives to have an arts experience that is accessible to all children because we believe in the profound, empowering influence the performing arts can have in a child's life.


Performers Theatre Workshop Announces Scholarship Award Auditions  

Are you a dancer, actor, or singer age 8-16?  

Do you want the chance to take your skills to the next level by studying with top arts educators who are also professional performers on Broadway or Film/TV? 

Audition for the PTW Scholarship Award Competition, for a chance to win a scholarship for free high-quality training in Acting, Dancing, Singing or Musical Theatre.  

1st Prize: $1500 Scholarship to any PTW Classes and Programs* and $500 Cash Prize

2nd Prize: $1000 Scholarship to any PTW Classes and Programs*

3rd Prize: $500 Scholarship to any PTW Classes and Programs*

*There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner in each age category: ages 8-10; 11-13; and 14-16.  Scholarships awarded can be applied to any PTW classes or other PTW Programs, such as the PTW Summer Conservatory, Professional Track, College Preparation Track or NYC Broadway Showcases for Agents and Managers.

PTW is one of the metropolitan area's premiere performing arts training centers for young people. Located in Maplewood, PTW is holding SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS for our region's top young artists! 

PTW's top-notch artist/educators help aspiring young artists deepen and grow their skills in weekly classes at multiple age/level divisions.  

Talent Competition Details: 

  • Auditions will be held June 12-22
  • ALL auditioning students new to PTW receive $100 scholarship for any PTW class or program 
  • Current or former PTW students are not eligible to audition 
  • Please prepare 16 measures of a song, a short monologue or a short dance routine. 

Audition slots are limited to 25 in each age group that schedule an audition time. 

Auditions are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Call or Email to reserve your audition time slot!;;  973-327-2250 

Underwritten and Sponsored by the PTW Esther & Howard Kravitz Scholarship Fund.  

The PTW Esther & Howard Kravitz Scholarship Fund was established to give  talented actors, singers and dancers in NJ an opportunity to get top-notch training through scholarships awarded based on need and/or merit. 

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