Hear Me! Monologue Showcase

Students currently living and attending high school in New York City, grades 9-12, are eligible to audition for the Hear Me! Monologue Showcase. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Students will submit a video audition performing a monologue of 2.5 minutes or longer written by an American playwright (or Shakespeare). Students may select any monologue they prefer, regardless of gender.

The application deadline is Friday, March 11th. Get more info about the showcase and apply.

2022 Keen Teens Auditions

Keen Teens is a free production and performance opportunity for high school students interested in theater! Working with professional playwrights, directors, designers and technicians, students will perform in the world premiere production of three new short plays written exclusively for Keen Teens by C. Quintana (AZUL at Diversionary Theatre & SCISSORING at INTAR Theatre), Bleu Beckford-Burell (2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow), and Stephanie Swirsky. The plays are then published by Concord Theatricals and made available to be performed in high schools across the country.

Students who are cast will rehearse once a week, after school, beginning February 14th, plus three weekend rehearsals in late April/early May. The plays will be performed at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row for five performances in mid-May.

You can find out more info about the program and create your audition. For anyone who’s not an actor and is interested in directing, tech (lights/sound), design (scenic/costume), stage management, or producing, students have the opportunity to assist members of Keen Teens’ production team — please email keenteens@keencompany.org to set up an interview.

CreateHER Applications

Applications are now open for the spring session of CreateHER, a free program for girl-identifying and non-binary high school students interested in writing and producing for theatre.

Through this program, students are given the technical and creative tools to take their ideas from page to reality. CreateHER provides high-level playwriting and producing courses and features guest speakers who are leaders in the theatre industry: from producers and general managers, to groundbreaking playwrights, dramaturgs, and marketing directors. By the end of the semester, all students write, produce, and present a short play of their own, which will be presented on May 22nd.

Classes are held on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00 PM, beginning February 6th. Applications are open through January 22nd. To apply, visit the CreateHER Web site.

8th Grade Play

Winter Break – 8th Grade
Written by Joe Calarco
Directed by Lillian Meredith

Time: Now. Place: A town in the United States of America where Winter is cold. Winter Break has just begun. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play follows nineteen teenagers, some who know each other, some who don’t, as they wrestle with friendships, breakups, loss, graduation, and their place in the world.

Show Dates:
Thursday, December 16th @ 7 pm
Friday, December 17th @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 18th @ 7 pm

Order tickets online

The Greatest 6th Grade Show

The Greatest 6th Grade Show – 6th Grade Devised Plays
Devised by the Ensemble
Directed by Monique Moses

Devised through collaborative artistic processes and group learning, sixteen sixth graders explore what it means to be in middle school and separated by computer screens. Through short plays and movement pieces created by them and for them, they search for ways to connect, grow, and break free despite the difficulties of adapting to a pandemic.

Show Dates:
Thursday, December 9th @ 7:15 pm
Friday, December 10th @ 6:45 pm

Reserve tickets for The Greatest 6th Grade Show!

Drama 3 Performance

Come watch our DR3’s perform!
Indecent – 11th Grade
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Heather Lanza

Indecent by Paula Vogel is a play with music inspired by the controversial Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish play, God of Vengeance. In the original, a brothel owner tries to protect his daughter’s purity, but he doesn’t realize she’s already fallen in love with one of his prostitutes. When an English translation of it was brought to Broadway, the performers were arrested and charged with obscenity for performing in a play that featured the first kiss between women on a Broadway stage. Indecent asks what artists are willing to risk for the stories that need to be told.

Show Dates:
Wednesday, December 8th @ 7pm
Thursday, December 9th@ 7 pm
Friday, December 10th @ 4 pm & 7 pm
Saturday, December 11th @ 7 pm

Reserve tickets for Indecent

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap is a free, intergenerational theatre program in which elders [ages 60+] and youth [ages 14-19] interview each other and write or devise short plays inspired by their personal stories. Mind the Gap’s primary goal is to use theatre as a creative tool to increase empathy and communication between generations. No theatre experience is required to participate in the program.
Visit their Web site for more information.

Drama 3 Performance Live!

Mark your calendars for the Drama 3 live performance!

Indecent, by Paul Vogel
December 8-11, 7pm; additional show at 4pm on Friday, Dec 10

Indecent recounts the controversy surrounding the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, which was produced on Broadway in 1923, and for which the producer and cast were arrested and convicted on the grounds of obscenity.[1]

Indecent was first produced in 2015. It had an Off-Broadway run in 2016, followed by a Broadway run in 2017 at the Cort Theatre. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards and won Best Direction of a Play for Rebecca Taichman and Lighting Design in a Play for Christopher Akerlind.Remember, you don’t have to have a child in 11th grade to turn out and support our students! Come help celebrate the return of in-person performances!

Manhattan Film Institute

This summer the Manhattan Film Institute is back and stronger than ever. They are a boutique summer filmmaking conservatory which creates 25 short films in two weeks. 

They only take 12 high school students in this competitive program and who will work side-by-side with industry professionals making films with 40 additional actors and directors, many of whom are experienced in the industry.

This year’s summer program dates are July 11th – 25th, 2021.

Learn more about our program and apply.

*This year they are offering two full directing scholarships to students of Asian descent. These scholarships were donated to help raise the visibility of Asian voices and stories in film.

LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies

Live Out Loud presents Behind the Scenes with Playwrights Horizons

In partnership with a variety of companies, Live Out Loud invites students to connect with a panel of LGBTQ+ professionals, hear their stories, and learn what it’s like to be out and proud at work. Through the Behind the Scenes program, LGBTQ+ youth meet and learn from adult role models from our partner company, and engage in fun activities specific to that company’s mission and values.

Date and time: Apr 29, 2021 03:15 PM on Zoom

Space is limited, so register now!