New York City Children’s Theater

programs cultivate children’s growth in the areas of:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Community Building
  • Responsible Decision-Making

The result is empathetic, creative and independent thinkers who make a positive impact on their world.

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Our Mission

is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods.

We demonstrate that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

Our History

began in 1996, as Making Books Sing — the family theater and education program of the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre. It became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001.

Over the last 22 years, our local and nationally recognized arts-in-education programs and professional theater productions have served over 350,000 children and adults, across all five boroughs and surrounding communities in the Tri-State area. By partnering with more than 450 urban schools, and providing subsidized tickets to over 100,000 students for our professional shows, we have increased arts accessibility for underserved communities in New York City. In addition, we have taught more than 2,000 teachers in New York City creative ways to integrate theater into their classroom instruction and distributed over 4,500 Curriculum Resource Packets and Anthologies to supplement course material.

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