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Why Does Children's Theater Matter?

Why Does Children’s Theater Matter: Inspiring the Next Generation

Actors Vinnie Urdea, Eryn LeCroy, and Joe Bach discuss theater as a window to inspire the next generation of artists and socially conscious people.

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Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class.

This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you and your perception of the world.


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Sara Morgulis - Associate Director of Education

Sara Morgulis: Managing the Art of Arts Education!

Work for Good recently spoke with our Associate Director of Education, Sara Morgulis about what it takes to manage dozens of NYCCT’s educations programs across New York City. A huge thank you to Work for Good for featuring Sara in their “How I Work” series. And, of course, a huge thank you to Sara who makes her job seem so easy!

Most rewarding part of my job: The touchstone of my career so far has been creating FIVE, our multi-media, multi-sensory workshop designed specifically for students with special needs and the very young. Last year, I won a fellowship from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, with an application emphasizing my enthusiasm for reaching underserved populations. That fellowship funded my on-site research with London’s Oily Cart Theatre, which I used to design FIVE. Since launching in January, we’ve booked and performed FIVE more than 50 times, reaching 1,200 students, and earning praise and enthusiastic word-of-mouth from school administrators and teachers. Because every one of these students is different—one size does not fit all—finding a way to reach each student has been a wonderful, rewarding challenge.

 

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Why Does Children's Theater Matter?

Why Does Children’s Theater Matter: Theater and Empathy

Bryson Bruce and Ryan Borses from our winter musical Young Charles Dickens express the incomparable takeaway from experiencing live storytelling and its ability to transcend empathy.

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More about our campaign:

Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class.

This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you and your perception of the world.

 


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Why Does Children's Theater Matter?

Theater for Kids: Michael McGowan

Ballerina Swan choreographer Michael McGowan talks about how the importance of children’s theater draws awareness to the responsibilities artists carry on!

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Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class. The artists who create the work play an integral part in the child’s theatrical experience as well.

As one NYC Grandmother said, “The interactions between the cast and audience at the conclusion [of Ballerina Swan] were terrific. My granddaughters were thrilled!

This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you and your perception of the world.


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Why Does Children's Theater Matter?

Why Does Children’s Theater Matter: Theater and Technology

Actors Storm Lever and Dan Rosales from NYCCT’s original musical Wringer talk about theater in the context of modern technology.

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Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class.

This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you and your perception of the world.


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Literature at Play Sharing Day

The Children were Always Excited to see Alec!

“The program was very engaging and had the children’s attention. The children were always excited to see Alec and the activities got us dancing and singing. Great to act out scenes from the story and lots of shy kids really came out of their shells.”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Brooklyn


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Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Students in a Literature at Play Workshop

The Kids Really Liked Working with Instruments

“The kids really liked working with instruments and were really engaged throughout. It was great to talk about each character and the feelings of the characters- finding different perspectives. I really liked the music and interaction- Alec asked engaging questions for kids. The music helped explain the story for the ELL students.”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Why Does Children's Theater Matter?

NYCCT Asks: Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?

Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class.

This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you, your perception of the world, or even your goals as a human being.

Join the conversation at #theaterforkids

Facebook: facebook.com/nycchildrenstheater

Twitter: @nyckidstheater

Instagram: @nycchildrenstheater

 

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FIVE - NYCCT's New Multi-Media Touring Show

We’re Thrilled Teachers Love our Multi-Media Musical

New York City Children’s Theater would like to thank the students and teachers who shared their thoughts on FIVE! Congratulations to creators Brooke Boertzel, Sara Hunter Orr and Alec Gross for bringing our new multi-media musical to life for young students to enjoy!

FIVE tells the story of Piper the Puppet, who has traveled to New York City all the way from the planet Blank to learn about his FIVE senses! Incorporating live music, puppetry, videos and sensory objects, FIVE will engage students in exploring their five senses while celebrating the unique boroughs of New York City!


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FIVE - NYCCT's New Multi-Media Touring Show

NYCCT: FIVE is a Stage Delight!

New York City Children’s Theater and our new touring show, FIVE, are included on NY Family’s 2016-2017 Ultimate Guide to Theater and Live Performance as a stage delight! We’re so grateful to be on the list and in such great company!

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Piper the Puppet has traveled to New York City all the way from the planet Blank to learn about his FIVE senses! Incorporating live music, puppetry, videos and sensory objects, FIVE will engage students in exploring their five senses while celebrating the unique boroughs of New York City!


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