|New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts|
Performing Arts College
New York, New York
The New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) is a fictional performing arts college, and is the number one school in the US for Musical Theatre.
Kurt and Rachel visit a NYADA mixer hoping to intimidate the other applicants, having practiced Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead. However, when they arrive, they discover several people applying for NYADA who look, dress, and act exactly like Kurt and Rachel. After the group, with Harmony on lead vocals, performs Anything Goes / Anything You Can Do, Kurt and Rachel are humiliated.
In I Kissed a Girl, Kurt sends in his application to NYADA.
In Yes/No, Kurt and Rachel briefly discuss the topic of being accepted. While they explain how applicants had began receiving letters stating whether they advanced to the finals, Rachel depressingly states that she'll never make it in to Kurt and Finn.Kurt receives his acceptance letter first in Michael, with his father to celebrate. He eyes Rachel in the halls, finding her disappointed, as she believed she was rejected. However, later it is revealed that she was one of the finalists along with Kurt, and they both celebrate together.
In Choke, Rachel and Kurt's NYADA auditions are finally going to happen. Carmen Tibideaux, one of the school's professors shows up. She's well known, according to Rachel who seems to be intimidated by her and thus passing over her fear to Kurt as he looks petrified when Rachel informs him who she is. As Kurt auditions first with Not the Boy Next Door, he was originally going to use The Music of the Night, he asks Carmen if she has heard that song a lot, and she replies that she does. This is when he makes his switch. Kurt flies through the audition, receiving much praise from Carmen for his bold choice. Rachel auditions next with Don't Rain On My Parade, she messes up and asks to start again; Carmen remains silent during her first choke, and lets her sing it again. Rachel messes up again and Carmen refuses to let her do it again; stating that Rachel should have been given 8 bars, but had received 18. She says the audition is over, Carmen leaves and Rachel is left on the stage devastated.
In Props, Rachel chases Carmen with Tina, trying to convince her that Rachel will suite the school. Carmen briefly mentions how Rachel is affecting other hopefuls auditions into NYADA.
In Goodbye, Rachel and Kurt find out their fate, and while Kurt doesn't get in to NYADA, Rachel does. NYADA is seen to be featured more in Season Four since Rachel has got in. (By seeing the clips and promos, we can see that NYADA is shown in Season Four.)
NYADA is based on NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
- Giants in the Sky from Into the Woods. Sung by Jesse.
- Anything Goes / Anything You Can Do from Anything Goes and Annie Get Your Gun. Sung by Harmony with prospective NYADA hopefuls. (The Purple Piano Project)
- Not The Boy Next Door from The Boy From Oz. Sung by Kurt with Mercedes, Brittany, and Tina. (Choke)
- Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl. Sung by Rachel. (Choke)
- Sister Christian by Night Ranger. Sung by Brody.
- Americano/Dance Again by Lady Gaga/Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull. Sung by Cassandra July. (The New Rachel)
- Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. Sung by Beatrice McClaine.
- New York State of Mind by Billy Joel (Barbra Streisand version). Sung by Rachel. (The New Rachel)