Pentacle began developing its educational programs for academic institutions in 1988, expanding its services to include the performing arts community’s youngest members. Emerging out of this early educational work, Behind the Scenes was developed in 2003 as a program committed to youth workforce development for careers in the arts.

Over the 14 years of Behind the Scenes, we have seen how the program curriculum expands horizons for numerous young creatives, and in turn deepens the teachers’ knowledge about career paths in the arts.


Partner Schools:

2017–Present South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts
Bronx, NY
2016–Present Groove With Me
Harlem, NY
2016–Present Talent Unlimited High School
New York, NY
2003–Present Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Queens, NY
2006–2014 Gramercy Arts High School
New York, NY
2012 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
New York, NY
2012 Woodrow Wilson High School
Camden, NJ
20042007 Bronx Dance Academy
Bronx, NY


In the past, a sister program called Exploring Opportunities expanded the curriculum’s reach to college students.


Partner Universities:

20052010 Hunter College Dance Program, A Life in the Arts Workshops
New York, NY
2005 NYC Department of Education Summer Arts Institute
New York, NY



Pentacle is a member of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.