Education Program

A Seat for Shakespeare

Thanks to support from generous donors and the City of New York, we have raised more than $54.9 million towards our goal of $68.5 million, which includes a $10 million program and operating endowment. Theatre for a New Audience’s new home will open this fall with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by…Read More »

Spotlight: Jonathan Kalb

Jonathan Kalb — acclaimed author, theater critic, and Theatre for a New Audience Literary Advisor and often dramaturg —  was chosen as the 2012 recipient of The George Freedley Award for his latest book Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater (University of Michigan Press).  This award is given by the Theatre Library Association to…Read More »

Announcing the Council of Scholars

Theatre for a New Audience is establishing a Council of Scholars to expand the scope and depth of the Theatre’s humanities programs. The Council will have a fundamental role in advising the Theatre’s artistic and education leadership as it completes its Center for Shakespeare and classic drama as its first home in Downtown Brooklyn’s BAM…Read More »

Bloomberg Speaks About Schools

On January 12, Mayor Bloomberg gave his State of the City Address at the Morris High School Campus, home of Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies (MACS) in The Bronx. He focused on education, and also highlighted The Bronx as a “borough of innovators,” citing MACS’s award-winning robotics program as an example. Theatre for a New…Read More »

Announcing: 360⁰ Viewfinder Series

Theatre for a New Audience is proud to announce the launch of our 360⁰ Viewfinder Series, a web-based resource that accompanies each production. Each Viewfinder explores facts and perspectives on the play, playwright, and production by providing contextual information about the play as well as interviews with members of the artistic team. This series is…Read More »

NEH Shakespeare Institute

This summer, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Theatre for a New Audience hosted twenty-three middle and high school educators to participate in the Shakespeare Institute, an in-depth training program in understanding and teaching Shakespeare’s plays language, and themes. The Institute took place from August 1 thru August 12 at Columbia…Read More »

Actor John Douglas Thompson Visits Bronx School

This April, as part of the Theatre’s education program in NYC Public Schools, actor John Douglas Thompson visited 10th-grade students at Morris Academy of Collaborative Studies in The Bronx. The school’s principal, Charles Osewalt, took Thompson on a tour of the historic Morris High School building, ending in the building’s auditorium where the students were…Read More »

Theatre Awarded Humanities Grant

The Theatre is thrilled to announce that The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded us a $500,000 Challenge Grant to support a major expansion of the Theatre’s humanities activities. New programs will include lectures, seminars, workshops, and other activities for artists, scholars, adults, students and families, as well as new publications and web content,…Read More »

Jefferson Mays: At School

I look forward to a student audience more than any other. They never cease to surprise and challenge me, and they will always let me know, in no uncertain terms, whether they like what I’m doing. Sometimes brutally, always honestly! There is something thrillingly combative about a student matinee; they make you know they are…Read More »

Playwrighting Program Achieves Results

Theatre for a New Audience’s Education Department finished 2009 on a high note with the completion of the New Voices Playwriting program in public schools. One 7th-grade class in Brooklyn especially captured the hearts of their Teaching Artist Erin McCready and the Theatre’s education staff. The English class, made up mostly of ESL and academically-challenged…Read More »