Welcome to the NYTW Blog—a resource for behind-the-scenes insights on our productions, share-outs from the classroom penned by teaching artists, community partner spotlights, and a peek behind the curtain to see how work gets made at NYTW.
As we wrap up with our incredible cohort of 2021/22 Season 2050 Administrative Fellows, we want to take a moment to shine the spotlight on them. We wish them all the best of luck and happiness for their futures! Before their departure, we asked a few of them a few questions about their lives, their work at NYTW, and what lies ahead. Read below some excerpts of our conversations with them!
Check out the amazing study guide for Dreaming Zenzile made by our Education team. Students and teachers get a glimpse behind the curtain into the world of Miriam Makeba and the historical context in which Dreaming Zenzile takes place.
Mind the Gap is a free intergenerational theatre program in which elders [ages 60+] and youth [ages 14-19] interview each other and write or devise short plays inspired by their personal stories. Our Education Associate, Psacoya Guinn, sat down for a conversation with a few of the teens in the Spring 2022 cohort: Ayami Takayama, Imogen Russell, Kady Nankivel, and Miranda Henry. They discuss the program, their writing process, and their misconceptions of elders.
April 26, 2022 by Psacoya Guinn, NYTW Education Associate
Want to get a glimpse of the work our Education team does with students all over the city? Check out the study guide for ON SUGARLAND. NYTW Study Guides are condensed educational packets about the artists and themes of our productions, perfect for students and teachers!
One of the most exciting aspects of being an Administrative Fellow here at the Workshop is being able to witness all of the unique and diverse programming that goes on throughout the year. After shadowing the Youth Artistic Instigators program, it was not difficult to be blown away by the entire experience. Students were not only expected to engage with challenging and timely materials, but they were also expected to collaborate with each other in a space that gave them complete freedom to create bold activist theatre. It was then, after my short time shadowing the program, that I reached out to the fantastic teaching artists who facilitate the program sessions to ask them how were they intentionally approaching teaching artistry in this hybrid era.
December 13, 2021 by Cedeem Gumbs, Marketing Fellow
“I took Casebook because I wanted to understand how the New York Theatre Workshop created it’s magic,” said Noel Kiernan, a participant in the 2016 program.
Casebook, a course that launched in the spring of 2012, allows audiences unprecedented access to the artists involved in the creation of a new work from rehearsal to production. Each year, New York Theatre Workshop designates one of its productions as a “case study” and hosts a class designed to provide theatre lovers of all experience levels with a true insider’s view of the life of a theatre artist, and the process of realizing a full professional production.
December 6, 2021 by Nia Smith, Education & Engagement Fellow
Poetic Theater Productions started their Veteran Voices programming in 2011 and since then, have created spaces, classes, showcases, and events for military veterans and their families to explore poetry and performance. In the winter of 2021, New York Theatre Workshop and Poetic Theater Productions teamed up to create their first playwriting program that would provide a cohort of military veterans the opportunity to write original plays and to collaborate with professional theater artists from our community.
December 1, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad, NYTW Community Engagement Associate
If you’re new to our community, you may be puzzled at first by some of the jargon you frequently encounter in conversations and our media. We’ve taken familiar words and adapted them in unique ways that have become a part of our culture! So, we thought we’d take a minute to loop you in!
October 14, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad, NYTW Community Engagement Associate
As we make a return to live performance and NYTW staff heads back to our offices, we are proud to announce the Fellows that will be joining us this September as part of the 2050 Administrative Fellowship for the 2021/22 Season.
“This vital program has been a tremendous source of talent and energy in our community over the last several years. While ultimately the right call, it was a painful decision to forgo having a new cohort of Fellows last year, and their absence was deeply felt. We could not be more excited to be welcoming these eight talented young people to the Workshop in September!” said Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker.
Birthed in the midst of the pandemic, NYTW brought together a group of high school students, known as the Youth Artistic Instigators, to create bold activist theatre. Over 10 sessions with NYTW Teaching Artist Nana Dakin (and a few special guests!), these students collaborated, created, and performed an original piece of theatre responding to urgent current events.
December 15, 2020 by Jerald Raymond Pierce for AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE