Teaching Artists & Educators


Over 85,000 costumes. Deep discounts for schools anywhere in the U.S. Easy to use!

Click here to access TDF’s Costume Collection Digital Brochure

Educators near and far—since 1979 the Costume Collection has offered deep discounts for schools, colleges and universities. You too can costume your production on any budget!

Rental Services

  • SELF-SERVICE: Select this option if you want to pull costumes on your own with- out additional help from our staff.
  • MEMO: Can’t decide? Do you want to take a selection of costumes before making a final decision for a small fee? Please just tell us at the time of checkout that you want to use this option.
  • SHOPPING SERVICE: Would you like to work in the warehouse with one of our expert designers? You can hire our staff to pull with you for a small hourly fee. Call or email us for information and availability.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE: Can’t make it to the warehouse to view garments? We can photograph options for you for a small hourly fee. We suggest you email or call to get an idea of inventory.

Mail Order Pulling Services

Are you working on a production where you have a specific vision or just need to rent some of the costumes? You provide us the costume plot, sizing and research for your design, and we will pull costumes for you. There is an additional fee for this service.

We will even photograph the choices before sending them to you. Email for more info or make this selection when you start a rental and we will contact you.

OUR DESIGN: Need costumes for the entire show? We only need accurate measurements from you and we have instructions and measurement sheets to help!

There is an additional fee for this service. While we pull as close to size as possible, some slight alterations or repairs may be needed.

Browse the Collection

You can view selected items from the TDF Costume Collection online on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest. But to really understand the incredible breadth of what we have available, we suggest you make plans to visit the collection in person in New York City.

Come in and see for yourself or have our expert staff choose costumes for you—we have 40 years of experience!


TDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone.

For prices and more information: www.tdf.org/costumes email: costume@tdf.org phone: 212-989-5855

TDF Costume Collection (Kaufman Astoria Film Studios 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11106)

The Teaching Artist Community @ Teachers College Certificate Program: Cultivating a Responsive Pedagogy of Artistry

The Teaching Artists Certificate Program is a year-long professional development course comprising an interdisciplinary professional learning community and a stimulating space where teaching artists can share, analyze and discuss their teaching experiences and challenges. Together, we consider the possibilities afforded by artistic knowing and examine presentation and sequencing in response to the students with whom we engage. Acknowledging and embracing the artistry and content expertise of participants, the program generates inquiry-based reflection on immediate and past teaching practices.

The Spring Cohort begins with an extended weekend in New York City (March 1-3), where face-to-face interactions provide opportunities for exploring our artistry and its relatedness to what and how we teach. Following this, we move to an online format, where instruction will involve both synchronous meetings in dialogue with peers and guest speakers, and asynchronous activity involving related projects. Doing this work over the period of an academic year gives participants the necessary time to reflect and purposefully integrate the resulting changes into their pedagogical encounters.


Guest Speakers & Topics Include:

Dr. Lori Custodero, Associate Professor of Music Education,

Flow Experience / Developmental Responsiveness

Dr. Olga Hubard, Associate Professor of Art Education,

Artistic Engagement

Dr. Sarah Perry, Adjunct Asst. Professor of Music Education,

Responding to Individual Differences

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education,

The Art of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Technology & Education,

Imagining Learning Environments

Who Should Attend?

The program is designed specifically for experienced artist educators—professional dancers, actors, musicians, visual and media artists – providing pedagogical tools and strategies for collaboration in schools and community settings.

  • The experience at Teachers College is immensely rewarding, informative and fun. It gives me so many ideas on how to advance my practice in a digital age. (Marck “Flaco” Best)
  • The after-session assignments have exposed me to a lot of different perspectives on approaching problems that can arise in class. I have been very inspired as a person, an artist and a teaching artist (Robin McBride Scott)
  • … the class has given me more angles from which to observe the children’s reactions, and to perceive how artistic material may strike different kids differently, based on their own experiences, and backgrounds. (Pat Flynn)Learn more and apply: tc.edu/tctac

Check out these flyers for more information:

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Every Teaching Artist Insured!

Every Teaching Artist Insured! from NYC Arts in Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Every Teaching Artist Insured is a free live stream presentation shared on Nov. 17, 2017 for teaching artists, freelance artists, and arts administrators who do not have insurance through an employer or union.

Facilitated by Renata Marinaro, National Director of Health Services for The Actor’s Fund, this live-stream presentation will equip you with the tools you need to get medical services as a freelancer: from clear information on how to sign up for a health insurance plan through the New York State of Health Marketplace (Obamacare), to information on local, low cost healthcare options for New York City residents.

Roundtable Publishes Teaching Artist Compensation Report

Paying for Professionalism — A Comprehensive Report on Teaching Artist Compensation in New York City

Report By: Heleya de Barros

Compensation Survey By: Heleya de Barros, Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Lauren Jost & Maya Singh


>>> Click Here to Read the Results of the Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Compensation Report <<<


New York City is home to many of the world’s leading arts institutions and producing arts organizations. The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs lists 1,968 cultural organizations in its directory (DCLA Cultural Organizations, 2017). It is also home to a growing employment industry of the teaching artist. A teaching artist (TA) is “a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts” (Booth, 2017). These valuable artists and educators provide arts experiences for students and residents of New York City through in-school and after-school programs, in partnership with community centers, cultural institutions, and more.

The TAA Committee of the NYCAIER created an employment survey in the spring of 2016 to better understand the landscape of compensation for TAs in New York City. New York City is a national leader in arts, education, and arts education. The NYCAIER TAA Committee seeks to educate and dialogue about how New York City can become a leader in best TA employment practices as well.

Resources for Teaching Artists

Check out this informative resource guide put together by our TA Affairs Committee!

Click here to access >>> Resources for Teaching Artists

Have a resource you think the Roundtable should make available to the NYC arts education community? Email info@nycaieroundtable.org to get your materials listed on the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable website.