Behind the Scenes of Our 2016-17 Season

Behind the Scenes of Our 2016-17 Season

Take a peek behind the scenes of our hit shows: Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker, Young Charles Dickens, Please Bring Balloons and Love That Dog!

Sara Morgulis' ARC Experience

Sara Morgulis’ ARC Experience

NYCCT Associate Education Director, Sara Morgulis, reflects on her experience visiting one of our teaching artists at an After School Reading Club Program.

What is ARC?

What is ARC?

NYCCT is proud to be a partner in the DOE’s pilot program of the After School Reading Club (ARC). But what is ARC?

What is Literature at Play?

What is Literature at Play?

New York City Children’s Theater is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund our Literature at Play workshops in homeless shelters. But what is Literature at Play and how does it benefit children across New York City?

Love That Dog is an Off Broadway Alliance Nominee

Love That Dog is nominated for Best Family Show!

New York City Children’s Theater’s mid-Winter production, Love That Dog, is now nominated for the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show!

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theatre professionals dedicated to “supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.” For more information, visit

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our tremendous creative team and, of course, Derek Christopher Murphy for bringing the show to life!

And a very special thank you to everyone who came to see it!

Brandon Schraml

Brandon Schraml

Brandon Schraml hails from the city with the second most fountains in the world, has performed in 48 of the 50 states and would visit Mars if he could! Learn more about our Polar Bear from Please Bring Balloons!

Claire Simba

Meet Claire Simba

Claire Simba writes and directs her own plays, wants to travel to Greece to see where Theatre was born and has lived across three continents! Learn more about Claire, our Emma in Please Bring Balloons!

Derek Christopher Murphy of Love That Dog

Derek Christopher Murphy

Love That Dog’s Derek Christopher Murphy was a state champion pole vaulter, says Count Olaf is one of the best villains of all time and has his own dog named Prince! Learn more about the man bringing Jack to life in Love That Dog!

What's Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

The holidays are here! There’s nothing better than spending time with the ones we love at the most wonderful time of the year! We asked the cast and creative team of our holiday productions what there favorite holiday traditions were – see what they said below!

My favorite holiday tradition is…

“Decorating the tree and eating a giant tin of popcorn while listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas album.” – Evan Zavada, Young Charles Dickens Music Director

“Trick or treating and dressing up for Halloween! Of course! I would say: My favorite new holiday tradition is taking the family to see the tree in Rockefeller Center!” – Costume Designer Leslie Bernstein

“Listening to Christmas Music on the radio. All. Season. Long.” – Josh Penzell, Original Director of Young Charles Dickens  

“My partner and I buy a new Christmas ornament every year with all of our family members name on it” – Amaker Smith, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker cast member

“Helping my mom hang her hundreds of ornaments on the Christmas tree and then enjoying raspberry crepes with my family on Christmas morning.” – Elaine Cotter, Young Charles Dickens cast member

“Visiting Santa with my family on Christmas Eve for our annual Christmas photo, followed by making (and eating!) gingerbread houses with my sisters and cousins!” – Abbey Ashley, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker cast member

“Getting to spend time with my family, and seeing everyone open their presents! Also, I have to say – my mom’s Oatmeal Lace Cookies are definitely one of my favorite holiday traditions!” – Kate Mincer, Costume Designer

“Just being home for the holidays!” – Nina Paradiz, Wardrobe Supervisor

“Having jelly donuts with my family on the first night of Chanukah.” – Gabrielle Weinstein, Young Charles Dickens Stage Manager

“HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE PIE.” – Raife Baker, Dialect Coach

“Partaking in the holiday feast with my family. There is nothing better than good food and family!” – Cameron Mullin, Young Charles Dickens cast member

“Ordering from Dewey’s bakery to eat on Christmas Mornin'” – Nick Sacks, Young Charles Dickens cast member

“Watching It’s A Wonderful Life while drinking eggnog (with nutmeg sprinkled on top!) and wrapping packages.” – Valerie Guido, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker cast member

“The HUGE Christmas dinner my family does on Christmas Eve. It’s always full of joy and laughter and I look forward to it every year!” – Kyle Huey, Young Charles Dickens cast member

“Decorating the house and Christmas tree with holiday music playing.” – Jeff Davis, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker cast member

“Sharing delicious food with friends and family.” – Emily Vetsch, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker cast member

“Obviously the opening of presents Christmas morning with your family before the hundreds of guest come over to the house for celebrating the holidays! Also getting free stuff really can’t be beat besides maybe the food!” – Jared Howelton, Young Charles Dickens cast member

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Tell us in the comments or use #NYCCTHolidays

Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker

Meet the Cast of Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker

Sophie the Swan’s new dance adventure, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker, continues performances at Theatre Row this weekend. We’re so grateful to have such a brilliant team of dancers bringing Sophie and her friends to life – click their picture to learn more about them!

Abbey Ashley

Abbey Ashley

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Valerie Guido

Valerie Guido

Amaker Smith

Amaker Smith

Sir Nutcracker
Emily Vetsch

Emily Vetsch



Join Sophie the Swan on a brand new dance adventure this Winter at Theatre Row!

Break out the tutus and toe-shoes for Sophie the Swan’s latest adventure. A companion piece to the hit Ballerina Swan, this world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” Based on the book Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.

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