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NYC Theater Teens Take On Broadway
Teens On Broadway is an initiative of Circle in the Square Theatre School to celebrate, encourage and build the performing arts community in New York City public high schools.
On Monday, May 12th at 7 p.m., 120 students from the following schools will perform scenes of best works at Circle in the Square Theatre. The event will be attended by members of these school communities. The general public is also invited to attend.
Fordham High School for the Arts (Bronx); Brooklyn High School of the Arts (Brooklyn); Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School for the Arts (Brooklyn); Professional Performing Arts School (Manhattan); Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (Manhattan); Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (Manhattan)
"With Teens On Broadway we celebrate achievements and encourage the desire of talented New York teens who dream of a career in the theater. We also support and acknowledge the many pre-professional public high school programs across the City that nurture new generations of theater-makers and theater-lovers."
- Circle in the Square Theatre School Board President Paul Libin
There are thirty NYC public high schools with pre-professional training programs. The opportunity to perform is rotated to make it equally accessible, regardless of how extensive or small each school’s training program may be. The unifying factor is the students who aspire to performing arts careers. This year’s six schools have each chosen
15 minutes excerpts that demonstrate the musical theater, drama, comedy, dance, and monologues they have been working on.
What participating schools have to say about Teens On Broadway:
“... gives schools a built in network that helps inform our practice and celebrates young artists.” – Principal Margaret Lacy-Berman, Brooklyn HS of the Arts
“... an outstanding opportunity that gives students a professional-
“... enables students to express themselves in front of peers and learn from each other....” - Principal Iris Blige, Fordham HS for the Arts
“... an incredible and rare opportunity for students and educators to share their work.” - Rebecca Schwartz, Manager of Waterwell Drama Program at Professional Performing Arts School
“The opportunity to have our students’ hard work reach beyond the four walls of our school and in a venue as prestigious as the Circle in the Square Theatre is a priceless one. We look forward to participating in this fantastic event now and in the future.” – Principal Michael Urena, Repertory Company HS
“Many of our students have only been to a Broadway theater once. Performing on Circle in the Square’s stage will be a highlight of their high school careers.” – Matt Bresler, Drama Teacher at Wadleigh School for the Performing Arts
Attending Teens On Broadway is a great way to learn about the community of performing arts high school programs in New York City. A reception in the theatre lobby (where press can photograph, videotape and interview participants)
SOCIAL MEDIA COMPONENT
In addition to performing, each school selects two students to serve as Teens on Broadway Social Media Team representatives (SMT Reps) throughout the school year. SMT reps attend afterschool meetings at Circle in the Square and post images and comments weekly about performance-
In 2013 six schools participated:
School (Brooklyn), Robert F. Wagner, Jr. High School (Queens), Susan E. Wagner High School (Staten Island), Theatre Arts Production Company High School (Bronx). “Teens On Broadway is an amazing opportunity that has given our students a chance to take flight and let their artistic voices soar.” – Mr. Buresch, Gramercy Arts High School Dean-participant
In 2012 Teens On Broadway was piloted with two schools: Humanities And The Arts High School (Queens) and Edward R. Murrow High School (Brooklyn).
"The whole experience was terrific."
- Ms. Bragdon, Humanities and the Arts HS 2012 Teacher-participant
Teens On Broadway is a recent addition to other successful Outreach Programs the School has provided since 1995. Two performance series Three Plays for Grades K- 6 and Festival Of Theater serve thousands of students and senior citizens who enjoy entertaining and educational productions on our Broadway stage each year.
We conduct a 22-day playwriting residency for the entire third grade at PS 11, through which each student writes an original short play that is then performed by graduate actors at Circle in the Square. We train select Theatre School graduates to become teaching artists, enabling them to help schools and human service agencies achieve their goals.
CONSERVATORY TRAINING ON BROADWAY
Circle in the Square Theatre School, one of the country's premier schools of professional training for actors and singers is the only conservatory in a Broadway theater facility. The School features a comprehensive and eclectic mix of techniques that prepares performers for the diverse approaches they will encounter in the profession. Students receive individual attention in small classes, led by a faculty which consists of accomplished professionals. Both a two-year Professional and seven-week intensive Summer programs are provided to students from across America and around the world. Established in 1961 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the School was created by the late Theodore Mann and his long-time partner Paul Libin. Executive Director E. Colin O’Leary has worked at the School since 1979.
Among the School's distinguished alumni are: Kevin Bacon, Idina Menzel, Nicole Ari Parker, Benicio Del Toro, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Shamos, Molly Shannon, Matthew Lillard, Justin Kirk, Thomas Sadoski, Lady Gaga and many other luminaries of the stage and screen.
Teens On Broadway. Advance reservations are requested. Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Reservations include a post-show reception.
Call 212-307-0388 during business hours or email reservations@
For more information about Circle in the Square Theatre School visit www.circlesquare.org.