Education at NYTW: Youth Education
• Enrich young people’s textual, visual, and critical literacies by exposing them to new and re-imagined works of theatre and the collaborative processes behind their creation
• Provide instruction in multiple elements of dramatic craft including writing, performance, and design
• Encourage further study and work in all aspects of theatre-making
• Increase youth attendance at, involvement in, and advocacy for the performing arts
We are proud that all aspects of the Learning Workshop program, which include tickets to an NYTW matinee performance, classroom residencies, and mentoring workshops, are provided at minimal or no cost to our partners.
NYTW’s leading partner in the Learning Workshop program is Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA). Founded in the fall of 2005, LoMA is a small public high school on the Lower East Side that provides students with a Regents-based curricular foundation and the opportunity to pursue an academic major in the visual or performing arts. NYTW has been a leading arts partner with LoMA, a New York City Department of Education designated “Empowerment School”, since its founding in 2005. Now in our 4th year with the school, NYTW is thrilled to witness the school reaching full capacity, serving students in all grades 9-12. By establishing our relationship with LoMA in its infancy, NYTW has been able to shape its diverse arts curricula and our staff and teaching artists have the freedom to be innovative and responsive when it comes to programming. In the spring of 2009, NYTW staff had the opportunity to see the students who inaugurated both the school and Learning Workshop graduate.
on the success of the partnership with LoMA, NYTW is pursuing additional
partnerships with other New York City secondary schools including the
High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn,
the Harlem School of the Arts and the Khalil Gibran International Academy
(KGIA). A small public secondary school in Brooklyn, KGIA incorporated
NYTW’s Learning Workshop into their afterschool program
during the 2007/08 Season. Opened in September 2007 with a sixth grade,
the school plans to add one grade every year until it offers grades
6-12 and is sponsored by two organizations: the Arab American Family
Support Center (AAFSC), a community-based organization in Brooklyn that
provides comprehensive social services to Arab American immigrant families
and children as they adjust to a new culture and navigate American laws
and cultural norms; and, New Visions for Public Schools, the largest
education reform organization dedicated to improving the quality of
education in New York City's public schools.
from Elevator Repair Service have led several residencies in Lower Manhattan
Arts Academy classrooms based around the work they are developing at
NYTW. In the 2007/08 season, Creative Resident Fellow Jorge Cortiñas
led a four-week playwriting course for LoMA’s 10th grade Spanish-language
students. NYTW teaching artists also bring artists involved in our productions
to speak and work with LoMA students in the classroom to enrich their
experience of seeing the student matinee on the NYTW stage. For example,
in 2008, LoMA students saw Michael Weller’s Beast and participated
in a series of workshops exploring the subject of the return from war
through acting games, demonstrations of make-up and prosthetics by one
of the production’s designers, and a question-and-answer session
with one of the actors.
To enhance Learning Workshop during the 2007/08 Season, NYTW devised a mentoring workshop series for LoMA’s 11th grade Drama majors. This series has continued into the current season, allowing students to visit NYTW with their Drama teacher on a monthly basis to learn more about the behind-the-scenes process of theatre-making and the different kinds of work available to theatre artists. Selected NYTW staff members give informal presentations about their work and lead students in basic activities that introduce them to aspects of theatre that they have not yet encountered in their studies.
for High School and College Students
Intern duties include assisting the Casting Director with general auditions, assisting the Literary and Artistic Departments with weekly developmental readings, and assisting the Marketing and Development Departments with major publicity and fundraising campaigns. Interns meet with their departmental supervisors on a regular basis to receive feedback on previous work and guidance on current projects, and to discuss career interests and options.
The entire cohort of NYTW interns gather every other week to discuss their work, share ideas, and speak with an invited guest from the theatre community over lunch. Interns have met with professionals such as director Leigh Silverman; actor Corey Stoll; playwright Betty Shamieh; and NYTW Board President Heather Randall.
NYTW is committed to providing interns
with structured and substantive experiential learning. NYTW interns
often have gone on to part- or full-time jobs at NYTW and other notable
New York theatrical organizations.
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