Who We Serve

New York City Children’s Theater brings theater and its social and educational benefits to children and families across New York City’s five boroughs through our core mission areas.

New Work

Each year, New York City Children’s Theater’s Mainstage premieres original productions adapted from children’s books, which feature strong child protagonists on journeys of growth or change.

The Goode Family Commissioning Fund supports the further development of new work for our main stage. These funds ensure we create powerful productions for young audiences that spark imagination, teach empathy, and foster creativity.

 

  • NYCCT serves over 3,900 young and adult audience members each season
  • 30 World Premiere Productions in 24 years
  • Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show (2015)
  • Featured in The NY Times, Playbill, NY1, and more

Education

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school-age children. Our programs have served over 75,000 students in over 500 schools, homeless shelters, and community centers. New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, family programs, and touring shows use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades Pre-K-5.

The Tony and Anna Kayafas Special Education Fund, created by 2014 Gala Honorees Stan and Helen Kayafas, supports special needs arts education in District 75 schools in New York City. Our arts-in-education programs are particularly effective for students with special needs and use the power of theater to help increase communication skills and support classroom engagement.

 

  • 31% of the population we serve are students with disabilities or emotionally disturbed
  • 80% of the students we serve identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color
  • 20% of the students we serve are multilingual learners
  • 70% of our school partners are Title 1 School, the majority of whose student populations are economically disadvantaged

Access

In service of our mission to reach children of all backgrounds across the city’s five boroughs, we offer two access initiatives: Send a Kid to Theater and Send a Family to Theater. Through these campaigns, NYCCT provides free tickets to thousands of young audience members, often giving them their first live theater experience.

With your help, we can continue offering free tickets to students for a live theater performance that positively impacts their cognitive, emotional, and social development and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

  • Since 2015, 46% of our tickets were granted through access initiatives
  • 90% of students who attend through Send a Kid to Theater see their first production
  • 70% of families who attend through Send a Family to Theater are from neighborhoods where the median income level is $40,000 or less.
  • 91% of Send a Kid to Theater and Send a Family to Theater attendees identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color

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

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