Youth Artistic Instigators

This season, we’re offering a new free after school program called Youth Artistic Instigators, bringing together high school students from across the country to create bold, activist theatre.

The Youth Artistic Instigators will meet virtually under the guidance of NYTW’s expert Teaching Artist NANA DAKIN in 10 online workshops and rehearsals to collaborate, write and perform an original piece of theatre responding to urgent current events. If you want to be creative, make new friends, and build community while advocating for social justice—and have fun in the process—please join us!

NYTW seeks dedicated and enthusiastic young people for its Youth Artistic Instigators company:

  • Are you between 14-19 years old and enrolled in high school?
  • Are you available every Tuesday from October 13–December 15, 2020 from 4–6pm EDT
  • Are you interested in writing or acting in theatre?
  • Are you committed to attending all of the virtual workshops and rehearsals?
  • Are you curious, open-minded, willing to take risks, and interested in learning how to use theater to create social change?

The 2020/21 Youth Artistic Instigators program will gather weekly in a virtual Zoom rehearsal room! Whether you live in our local NYC community or you’ve always dreamed of being part of a collaborative theatre company, this year technology will bring us together.

Applications are now open!
Application deadline: September 25, 2020 at 6pm EDT

Questions? Contact: Adam Odsess-Rubin at or 646-957-9535.


About NYTW Teaching Artist NANA DAKIN:

NANA DAKIN is a Thai-American director of new work, classics and devised performance based in New York City. Her work pursues social equity by examining the way culture is constructed and unsettling dormant biases. Recent Productions: White Pearl (The Royal Court Theatre, London), an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III (Lenfest Center for the Arts), Damage Joy (B-Floor Theatre, Bangkok). Assistant Director: Mary Jane (NYTW), The Bacchae (Getty Villa, BAM Next Wave 2018), Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater), and Camelot – Benefit Concert (Lincoln Center Theater). New Work development includes Golden Shield by Anchuli Felicia King, a finalist for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Half The Sky by composer Tidtaya Sinutoke and bookwriter/lyricist Isabella Dawis, recipients of the 2020 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award. Nana was a 2050 NYTW Directing Fellow in 2018/19. MFA Theatre Directing: Columbia University.