Learning Workshop

Learning Workshop is NYTW’s multidisciplinary theatre education program. The program supports middle and high school students’ academic and creative development by critically engaging them in the artistic process surrounding our productions.

With continual input from New York City public school educators, theatre artists, community partners, and NYTW staff and teaching artists, Learning Workshop strives to:

  • Introduce theatre across the curriculum to enhance school culture
    By integrating theatre across a diversity of academic subjects, NYTW seeks to transform classrooms into active learning spaces for both students and teachers.
  • Increase students’ literacy and critical thinking skills through theatre
    By introducing students to provocative and challenging theatre and fostering their understanding and discussion of performances, NYTW aims to enrich young people’s visual, textual and critical literacies.
  • Increase cultural participation among young people
    By engaging students in the collaborative process of theatre-making and offering them the opportunity to connect theatre to their own coursework and lives, NYTW hopes to increase youth attendance at, involvement in and advocacy for the performing arts.
  • Build a greater sense of community
    By including students in meaningful conversations with our artists and the activities that make up the fabric of the organization, NYTW hopes to grow meaningful relationships with the students at our partner schools and encourage them to think of NYTW as a resource and creative space to return to in the future.


NYTW provides Learning Workshop school partners with year-long programs that connect the theatre production process to project-based learning and curriculum standards. School partners receive tickets to NYTW performances, classroom residencies, and mentoring workshops at little or no cost.

Our School Partners

Dreamyard Preparatory School (Bronx)
Dreamyard Preparatory High School was founded in 2006 as a Bronx public high school, offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes AP classes, SAT prep, Arts Majors, and offers options for international travel.

Fordham High School for the Arts (Bronx)
Fordham Arts, is a small school located within Roosevelt Educational Campus, the site of the former Theodore Roosevelt High School, across the street from Fordham University.

Gramercy Arts High School (Manhattan)
Gramercy Arts is a specialized audition dual-mission high school located at Union Square that offers a balanced educational experience—a rigorous and challenging college preparatory program and a four-year study in either fine and visual arts or performing arts.

High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology (Brooklyn)
HSTAT is a public school is Brooklyn enhancing rigorous academics in the liberal arts tradition with the study of advanced technologies. NYTW provides in-school residencies around our season productions.

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (Manhattan)
LoMA is a small public high school on the Lower East Side with a focus on academic excellence through the arts. NYTW has been a leading arts partner with LoMA since its founding in 2005 and has been able to shape its diverse arts curricula and programming. NYTW provides in-school and after-school year-long residencies for all students.


Classroom Residencies

  • NYTW offers semester or year-long in-school and after-school theatre making and/or theatre integration programs
  • Students participate in workshops before and after seeing an NYTW student matinee in order to deepen their understanding of the themes of the play and the artistic process behind its creation
  • Residencies complement history, literature and other courses, and generally include discussions, movement exercises, small group projects and writing assignments. They are designed to allow students the opportunity to connect the themes of the performance to their own coursework and respond to the difficult or complex issues a play may present.
  • NYTW also brings our affiliated artists into classrooms to engage with students in the process of creation. Artists from our Company-in-Residence Elevator Repair Service have led several classrooms residencies, allowing students a window into their unique process of developing theatre..

Student Matinees

  • Students from our Learning Workshop partner schools have the opportunity to see NYTW’s world-class professional theatre pieces during a special student matinee performance of each NYTW production.
  • Learning Workshop partner schools and community organizations can attend student matinees for a minimal ticket fee.
  • All students and faculty who attend our matinees have the opportunity to participate in a post-performance discussion with the cast and creative team.

Mentoring Workshops

  • NYTW‘s Mentoring Workshop Series allows drama students to visit NYTW on a monthly basis to learn more about the behind-the-scenes process of theatre-making and the different kinds of employment available to theatre artists.
  • The students participate explore the administrative and technical facets of mounting a professional production and running an Off-Broadway theatre.
  • Mentoring Workshop students an inside look at their role in the company and lead students in basic activities to introduce them to aspects of theatre that they have not yet encountered in their studies.

Want to bring NYTW to your school community?
To find out more information on how to become an NYTW school partner or bring an education program to your learning community, contact Alexander Santiago-Jirau, director of education at AlexanderS@nytw.org.