Performing Arts College Consultants

We Work With You On The Entire College Search and Application Process

Whether you are seeking a liberal arts college where you may choose a major from anthropology to zoology or whether you are looking to train for a performing arts career while attending a four year college….(and everything in between) we can assist you in finding the best fit college programs for you.

Additionally, we are also skilled to work with you to answer the following questions:
How do you combine a student’s love of performing with academics?
How can you leverage that passion in a application to a liberal arts college?
Is dance, theatre, or music a hook to get into a selective college?
What about a student who plans a career as an actor or dancer, but who doesn’t want to limit their options?

Our extensive experience can provide confident answers to these questions and most others.

Our Services


As your advisor, we will review every factor of your college application. This includes high school transcripts, extra curricular activities, application & interview preparations, and much more. From there, we review your performing arts background, your aspirations and goals in the arts, and how all these factors work together.

College Searches

The application process is not only about finding a school that wants you, it’s about finding a school that you want as well! As a performing arts student, this is more challenging because you need to find the college that meets both your academic and creative needs. Whether it’s dance or theater, we have a comprehensive database and thorough knowledge of what schools we will advise you to further investigate.

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About Founder, Margo Rudman Gold

Performing Arts College Consultants was founded by Margo Rudman Gold.

Margo is an IEC (Independent Educational Consultant.) In addition to experience in general college admissions counseling, her special expertise is in college dance and acting/musical theatre programs. She’s spent hundreds of hours speaking with admissions professionals in these departments and learning the ins and outs of their applications. She’s visited dozens of colleges’ dance and theatre departments. Her client portal is customized for performing arts students.

Proud client success stories can be found on the “acceptances” and “testimonials” tabs.

She has B.A. from Tufts University and attended the Masters in Teaching program at Manhattanville College. She received Educational Consultant training at the IECA Summer Training Institute on the Swarthmore College campus.

Margo has been an alumni interviewer for Tufts University and an SAT/ACT tutor for one of the top test prep companies. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the college admissions field through active participation in national and regional college admissions organizations. She visits colleges across the country regularly with fellow consultants. This enables her to offer her students the insider’s perspective.

She is a veteran of the arts college search personally as well as professionally. Her daughter is a recent dance B.F.A. graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and her son is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Theatre.

Currently, she is a member of NYSACAC, a Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and a Regional Coordinator for HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association). She is a Matchlighters Scholarship Coach and has been sought after to present at arts high schools and dance studios.

Contact Us To Get Started

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