Welcome Letter from the Head of School
The School for Young Performers is the ultimate balance between a full life schedule and a rigorous and enriching academic experience. Highly qualified teachers work one-on-one with students wherever they are and whatever their commitments. SYP is ideal for young performers with busy rehearsal schedules, students with complex travel plans or families that want their children taught at home.
Students at The School for Young Performers create a class schedule specifically complementary to their other obligations. Middle and high school students may collaborate with instructors on the design of new courses to help further professional development as well as explore intriguing and, sometimes, daunting subject matter. School credit may also be acquired for time spent in the arts and/or sports, and these credits are typically applicable toward graduation requirements.
SYP’s academic deans and teachers are steadfast in their commitment to the success of each student, from K through 12 as well as the college admissions process, and our staff works diligently to establish and sustain a seamless experience for our families, educators and, in some cases, companies. Thus, students receive an optimal education while maintaining their professional obligations with the necessary support and guidance they deserve.
Students at The School for Young Performers have the world as their classroom, which, inherently, is a brilliant opportunity! Traveling and field trips are encouraged, and, with a worldwide canvas, experiential learning can be taken to the limit. Why not seize the moment to traipse around Paris while discussing the French Revolution or go to the Moderna Museet for a research paper on Andy Warhol while recording in Stockholm? Through direct interaction with the world around them and the pursuit of their passions, our students benefit academically, socially and professionally. It is astonishing for me, as an educator, parent and artist, to witness and facilitate the fruition of their aspirations!
The School for Young Performers is a school without walls and strives for every student to take advantage of this open concept. Please enjoy exploring our website, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Iris M Even
Head of School
Who We Are
Iris M Even, Head of School
Iris M Even holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduation, she became a Professional Tutor for UArts, assisting students with all academic courses offered by the university. Simultaneously, she embarked on a career in arts administration, working with galleries, schools and foundations, including The American Philosophical Society and Samuel L. Fleisher Art Memorial, on exhibitions, exiting materials and public relations. Soon thereafter, Ms. Even moved to New York to teach on set for On Location Education and, eventually, for private families through The School for Young Performers. She continued to pursue exhibition and publication projects for artists, such as Enrique Martínez Celaya and Jacob Collins, but felt drawn to education and helping students with realizing their goals, however audacious, complex or, seemingly, insurmountable. As such, she began to consult on academic workshops and rare queries for On Location Education, which eventually led to her current position as Head of School for The School for Young Performers.
Kelly Politzer, Academic Advisor and College Counselor
Kelly Politzer earned a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University and an M.S.Ed specializing in School Counseling from Hunter College. She has experience working in both New York City public and private schools with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. She is thrilled to be able to pursue her passion of supporting students in their quest of academic and professional success. Her counseling philosophy is to approach each situation in a holistic style, addressing each student’s academic, personal and social needs. Ms. Politzer is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the New York State School Counseling Association (NYSSCA).
Eric Janken, Assistant to the Head of School
Eric Janken holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University in Religious Studies and English, and is currently a second year Thomas Hunter Fellow in Hunter College’s MFA Program. His work may be found in Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry, Pembroke Magazine, and Louisiana Literature, among others. Eric hopes his experiences in academia, and as a young writer, will be a useful resource to SYP students and their families.