Barbara Zinn Krieger - Artistic Director

Barbara Zinn Krieger is the NY1 New Yorker Of The Week!

New York City Children’s Theater Artistic Director Barbara Zinn Krieger is the NY1 New Yorker of the Week!

The segment, which aired on Fri., April 6, 2012

Barbara works tirelessly to bring theater and arts education to students all over the city, and it is so great to see her efforts acknowledged like this.

We are very proud of Barbara, and very excited about exposing NY1 viewers to our programming!

More About Barbara Zinn Krieger

Literature at Play Workshop

In the Classroom: Student as “The Expert!”

In New York City Children’s Theater Residencies, our teaching artists lead students in acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops to adapt a children’s book into an original play.

Before the teaching artists step foot in a classroom, we prepare them with the tools necessary to use our curriculum in professional development workshops. In this professional development, we encourage the teaching artists to use the student’s own original language as they create the script and lyrics in the playwriting and songwriting workshops. In this process, students are prompted to activate their prior knowledge and be the sole creators of their work. This sets up a “mantle of the expert” tone for the classroom, where the students will hopefully feel ownership over the finished product.

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Wanda's Monster

NYCCT: Top Theater for NYC Families

New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) was named a top theater for NYC families by New York Family magazine!

Check us out in their article Plays for the Pint Sized.

Making Books Sing: This critically acclaimed non-profit serves up a unique mix of literacy
and musical theater with its lively reproductions of contemporary children’s
Coming Soon:
The Butterfly (Apr. 14-29)

The article is also included in their January 2012 issue, with Moomah owner Tracey Stewart, wife the hilarious Jon Stewart, on the cover.

We are extremely grateful to New York Family magazine for including us on this amazing list! Thank you!

– Kimberly Wilson Marshall

Our New Name

As a result of our accomplishments and expanded programming, the staff and Board felt that we needed a new name that would more accurately reflect the breadth of our work and help us to more clearly define our role in the City’s nonprofit landscape.

On October 21, 2014, Making Books Sing officially changed our name to New York City Children’s Theater at a press conference at The Vineyard Theatre.

Over the years our programming and breadth of work have grown immensely. We’ve gone from producing one new show a year to four, from having education programs in 20 NYC schools and community centers to 100, and from reaching 10,000 kids a year to 20,000 across all five boroughs. While our theater work used to only consist of musical adaptations of books, we now explore a variety of different sources and genres for the stage including dance, puppetry and interactive applied theater. We are currently commissioning more new pieces for family audiences than any other organization in New York City.