MCC Theater Youth Company

The MCC Theater Youth Company is a free, after-school program for New York City high school students interested in developing their acting and dramatic writing skills. Within a creative, challenging, and supportive environment, teenagers from five boroughs participate in weekly workshops (Labs) led by professional theater artists.

The Youth Company is split into three distinct groups: the Acting Lab, the Playwriting Lab, and the Ambassadors.

Acting Lab students meet every week with professional actor/director Jen Shirley to develop skills in voice, movement, monologue and dialogue. The year culminates with the annual spring production of UnCensored.

Playwriting Lab students meet every week with professional playwright Lucy Thurber to develop skills in dramatic writing. In the spring, students write individual short plays, the best of which are produced by professional actors and directors in July/August during The FreshPlay Festival.

The Ambasssadors meet weekly with Director of Education, Carrie Azano, to learn about how a theater runs through conversations with MCC Staff members, other theater companies, and artists involved with mainstage productions. Ambassadors assist as producers for UnCensored and On the Fly.

The Youth Company 2016-2017 has been selected and we will not be holding further auditions until next fall of 2017.

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