Performing Arts Abroad

17 New South Street Suite 303B Northampton, MA, 01060 United States

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About Performing Arts Abroad

Year Founded: 2011

Performing Arts Abroad (PAA) is an organization that strives to enhance understanding and awareness of the diverse world through arts of theater, music, film, and dance. PAA sends students and participants on trips for study, intern, volunteer, and career workshops abroad. We believe the experience of cross-cultural collaboration is invaluable for performing artists and is committed to providing international programming of the highest caliber to promote a more global perspective for our participants.

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Arts Administration Internship in Florence, Italy

Italy : Florence

Intern at a theater, opera house, dance studio, or other performing arts organization in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of opera and a mecca of Italy’s artistic life. An...

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Dance Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Build your performance resume, gain international arts experience, and directly contribute to a dance company, all while being immersed in Spanish culture! Deepen your understanding...

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West End Musical Theatre Training Program in England

England : London

Jump in to this intensive program and train in London’s West End in musical theater with some of the most accomplished actors, dancers, stage combat instructors, and directors...

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Music Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

Spend your time living on Costa Rica’s breathtaking Pacific Coast and enrich your appreciation of the power of music, and impact local children by volunteering at a local...

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Dance Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Grow personally and artistically and make a difference in the lives of Costa Rican children as you share your dance and movement skills by volunteering teaching at a school...

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Arts Administration Internship in London

England : London

London’s incredible opportunities for performing arts are recognized throughout the world, and with this experience you will gain hands-on knowledge to boost your resume...

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Theater Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Intern with a theater company in Barcelona and gain international arts experience! You'll directly contribute to a Spanish performing arts group and build your resume, all...

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Music Semester in Italy

Italy : Florence

Study vocal or instrumental music in Florence, one of Italy's most important cultural centers and the capital of the region of Tuscany. Musical excellence is part of the

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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Summer Acting Intensive

England : London

Train with esteemed instructors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London’s finest school for theater! Performing Arts Abroad is teaming up with the prestigious...

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Blas Summer Music Program in Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

Immerse yourself in an intensive Blas summer program offered by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance to study traditional Irish music and song. The Academy offers a...

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Music Internship in South Africa

South Africa : Nelspruit

This international music internship is an opportunity to assist with the administration of a community-based music development academy, and put your music skills to good

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Theater Volunteering in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Work with talented theater artists who are using drama, dance, music, and acrobatics for education, social change, and development in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Experience...

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Theater Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Take part in a remarkable experience and gain an understanding of international theater when you participate in a volunteering project while living on the amazing tropical...

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Circus Arts (Dance) Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

Share your dance, theater, and/or circus expertise with at-risk youth in this unique volunteering program with a circus arts organization that helps empower a community in...

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Music Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Intern at a local music school in Barcelona or work for a Salsa and Latin Jazz Festival in the summer, to explore the music industry abroad. Interns will work at least 20...

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Music Volunteering in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Volunteer abroad for a month or more with a foundation in Quito, Ecuador and offer music and the arts as means of providing therapy and education to youth and adults with...

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Dance Internship in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Intern for four weeks or more and contribute to the operation of a dance organization seeking to promote traditional dance of Ecuador and the Andes region, or for three months...

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Dance Volunteering in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Work with talented dancers who are using drama, dance, music, and acrobatics for education, social change, and development in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Experience

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Music Training in Ghana

Ghana : Accra

Receive state-of-the-art training in drumming, Ghanaian xylophone, and many other instruments, as well as dance. You will be working and living at a musical arts center on...

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Dance Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to grow as a dancer and gain perspective on international performance as you take part in an incredible volunteering project...

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Circus Arts (Theater) Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

Share your theater, dance, and/or circus expertise with at-risk youth in this unique volunteering program with a circus arts organization that empowers a community in Costa...

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Technical Theater Internship in Rome, Italy

Italy : Rome

Intern backstage at a Rome theater for a month or longer in the focus area of your choice. Opportunities may be available in costume design/construction, set design/construction,...

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Ghana Summer Dance Program

Ghana : Accra, Kumasi

Travel around Ghana in this three-week all inclusive trip with a group of Africa enthusiasts and performing artists and receive state of the art dance training from some

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Dance Volunteering in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Share your dance knowledge with a traditional dance group or engage in art therapy for youth and adults with disabilities. On this program, volunteers will be placed with...

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Music Internship in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Intern abroad with a foundation in Quito and teach music and the arts as ways to provide therapy and education to children and young people with disabilities. Interns will...

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Ghana Summer Music Program

Ghana : Accra

Join a group of Africa enthusiasts and musicians to travel around Ghana and receive state of the art music training from some of Ghana’s most accomplished musicians. This...

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Music Volunteering in South Africa

South Africa : Nelspruit

As a volunteer, you will work with children of various backgrounds to develop themselves through music. The goal is to use music to cultivate shared values between communities...

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Dance Volunteering in South Africa

South Africa : Nelspruit

Work internationally with young dancers to develop their talents, train for competitions, and share a variety of styles of dance. You will give a platform for local children,...

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Music Volunteering in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Work with talented musicians who are using music for education, social change, and development in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Experience the transformative power of

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Dance Training in Ghana

Ghana : Accra

Receive state-of-the-art training in multiple West African dance forms, as well as drumming, dance, Ghanaian xylophone, and other instruments. You will be working and living...

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Dance Semester in Italy

Italy : Florence

Develop skills as a dancer by studying at a renowned Italian dance school for a semester or summer session, and get the chance to pursue an internship with a local professional...

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Music Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Add a remarkable opportunity to your resume and gain an intricate understanding of international music when you participate in a volunteering project in the Galapagos! You...

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Music Volunteering in the Philippines

Philippines : Tacloban City

Share your craft and make a difference in the lives of children by teaching music at a community center in Tacloban City. The center offers classes and opportunities for

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Dance Semester in England

England : London

Learn new skills through intensive dance courses while being surrounded by one of the world’s most vibrant dance scenes. Grow as a performer and put yourself ahead of the...

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Film and Animation Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

On this program, you will spend around 20 hours per week interning with an organization focusing on film. In some cases, the organization itself will be a film studio, production...

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Theater Semester in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Study theater at New Zealand’s oldest university! The theater world in New Zealand is thriving, and you will have the chance to take courses in a wide variety of courses....

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Music Semester in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Study music at New Zealand’s oldest university! The music world in New Zealand is thriving, and you will have the chance to take courses in a wide variety of musical styles...

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Film Semester in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Study film from an extensive course offering at New Zealand’s oldest university. The film industry in New Zealand is booming and filmmakers from this island nation have...

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Dance Semester in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Study dance at New Zealand’s oldest university! The dance world in New Zealand is thriving, with a fascinating blend of Maori traditional dance, contemporary and modern,...

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High School Musical Theatre Training Program in London

England : London

Join peers your own age for musical theatre training in some of the West End’s most famous studios...the same studios where they rehearse the West End shows! You will take...

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High School Costa Rica Summer Experience

Costa Rica : Manuel Antonio, San Isidro de Heredia and 1 other city , San Jose Show less

Spend two weeks of your summer with a group of other high schoolers and Performing Arts Abroad trip leaders exploring the magnificent country of Costa Rica through the performing...

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Film Camp for At-Risk Youth in Belize

Belize : San Ignacio

This four-week camp (split into 2 two-week sessions) gives you the chance to use your film production skills to empower at-risk youth in the city of San Ignacio, Belize,

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Gospel Choir Internship in Rome, Italy

Italy : Rome

Intern for a month or longer in a highly professional organization with incredible singers in Rome! You will have the chance to promote the group and assist with administration....

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Film Internship in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Get the unique opportunity to work with a studio producing content for South African cable television channels. The small size of the studio gives interns the feel of a tight-knit...

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Music Industry Internship with Indie Rock Band in Rome

Italy : Rome

Kutso, a quirky, funny, energetic indie rock band need interns to work in their recording studio and record label. Help them promote themselves to an international audience!...

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Blas Summer Dance Intensive Program in Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

Study traditional Irish music and song by immersing yourself in this two-week intensive Blas summer program offered by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. While the...

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Ghana Winter Break Music Program

Ghana : Accra

Fly to Accra and participate in an annual festival celebrating the heritage and performing arts of the Dagara people. You will spend the second week of the program receiving...

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Ghana Winter Break Dance Program

Ghana : Accra

This is one of our most unique and exciting programs. You will have the opportunity to attend and participate in a traditional dance and music festival in northern Ghana....

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Arts Administration Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Build your resume, gain international arts experience, and directly contribute to an arts company, all while being immersed in Spanish culture! By interning with a professional...

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Technical Theater Internship in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Build your portfolio, gain international arts experience, and directly contribute to a theater company, all while being immersed in Spanish culture! By interning with a professional...

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Technical Theater Internship in England

England : London

London’s unbelievable opportunities for performing arts are recognized throughout the world. Round out your summer with this immersive experience and gain hands-on knowledge...

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Music Semester in Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

Spend a semester surrounded by the flourishing Irish music scene and the beautiful green landscapes and flourishing Irish music scene of Limerick, Ireland. Focus on vocal...

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Dance Volunteering in the Philippines

Philippines : Tacloban City

Spend your time with Filipino youth at a local community center in Tacloban City. Share your skills by teaching dance and help them gain empowerment and self-confidence,

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Theater Semester in England

England : London

Study dramatic theory, performance studies, and theater history in the city where modern theater began. You’ll take diverse courses from prominent faculty at Roehampton...

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Dance Semester in Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

Spend a semester at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, and learn traditional techniques from esteemed professors. Experience Irish dance as it was created...

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Staff Interviews

  • Merle O’Neal - Programs Assistant

    Merle ONeal - Programs Assistant

    Merle studied film at Hofstra University, and has a passion for writing. She has been involved with television production, has experience screenwriting, and is an active blogger. Merle joined the Performing Arts Abroad team in 2015. Her travel experiences have had a profound effect on her writing and thinking, and she hopes to share this with other aspiring artists!

    







Drinking coffee in Toronto, Canada

    Enjoying a cappuccino in Toronto

    You have a background in Television Production, how did you get connected with Performing Arts Abroad?

    I was looking through Craigslist and I saw an ad for a position with PAA. I was drawn in by the idea of combining performing arts with travel (two of my passions).

    What does a typical day look like as the Programs Assistant for PAA?

    Well, I have two desks, so I start in the Performing Arts Abroad office and respond to any emails I have requesting information about our programs. After my lunch break I head to my second desk where I make all of my phone calls and tell potential participants how awesome our programs are! Of course, there is a lot more that goes on in between, I love all of the people I work with, so I am constantly laughing with my co workers.

    







Visiting a museum in Madrid, Spain

    One of the many museum stops in Madrid

    Which Performing Arts Abroad program is most popular?

    That is a tough question because it really depends on the season and when we are pushing certain programs. England is without a doubt the most popular destination, right now our West End Musical Theatre Training program and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Summer Acting Intensive program are both very popular. They are both training intensive and in England; they offer participants a unique hands-on experience with seasoned professionals that you can’t get anywhere else.

    Which Performing Arts Abroad program is most overlooked?

    Another tough one! We have just recently begun to add film programs to our arsenal so I am looking forward to those getting more publicity on the site and appearing in more locations (of course, I am biased). Other than that, I would say that many people do not understand just how much our volunteer programs truly help local communities.

    I think if students knew just how much power and creative freedom they have to change the lives of underprivileged youth while honing their art they would be more likely to sign up.

    You’ve traveled much of Europe and Canada, how have your experiences abroad impacted your work as Programs Assistant?

    I would not be able to bring the same level of personalization and sincerity into the process of finding people their perfect program. Since I have been abroad (accompanied and alone) I can truly relate to what our program participants are about to go through, I also know how transformative travel is for an artist. I always tell participants that going abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I mean that. I get excited when I find the perfect program for someone and can get them started on the application process because I know there is a whole realm of adventure waiting for them!

    







Art at La Reina Sofia in Spain

    Admiring some art at La Reina Sofia

    You spent a couple weeks as a volunteer at the Toronto Film Festival, what Performing Arts Abroad program is the best fit for budding directors or film students?

    We are still working on our film programs, it’s a new development for Performing Arts Abroad. The one that really strikes me as incredibly helpful for budding directors and producers would be our Film Internship in South Africa. I wish I could have done this program while I was in school. It is very well-rounded; students will get the chance to do everything from script work to camera operation, direction, and even be the talent! It’s an amazing resume builder for aspiring television and film producers, writers, and directors.

    You have a lifestyle blog, what would an opinion piece on the value of study abroad highlight?

    It would highlight the importance of unfamiliarity. I believe that the best thing for an artist’s creative flow is to be placed in a foreign situation and have to rely on the senses and intuition to make it through. It is a humbling but wildly invigorating experience.

    What is your biggest goal in your Programs Assistant role for the next year?

    To know all of the little intricacies about our programs so I can take my advisement to the next level. The more informed I am, the more apt I am to link participants with their dream programs abroad!

    You love acting and singing, if you could go on one of Performing Arts Abroad’s programs, which one would you choose?

    Like I mentioned earlier, I would certainly choose our Film Internship in South Africa. The West End Musical Theatre Training Program comes in as a close second though, that program is built to make its participants a triple threat!

    







Exploring El Prado in Spain

    Looking for the next stop after exploring El Prado

    What is your favorite part about working for Performing Arts Abroad so far?

    I love talking to potential participants, it’s inspiring to hear how many people are thinking ahead enough to pursue an adventure abroad. I also love the people I work with, I look forward to going to work every single day!