HEAR ME! All-City High School Monologue Showcase and Competition

HEAR ME! All-City High School Monologue Showcase and Competition, an unprecedented eight-night event uniting high-school students throughout New York City. https://www.hearmemonologue.com/ Students will submit a video audition performing their choice of one of the 3-5 min. monologues fromt he Hear Me! Play Comendium of more than 100 plays.

HEAR ME! is Museum of American Theater’s signature education program that uses theater activities to support and enhance the essential skills you’ve taught them, such as critical thinking and close reading. Students will connect with like-minded peers and increase their self-confidence through analysis and performance. The Showcase will empower students to create and convey their own unique perspectives to an audience.

The Showcase will take place in the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village in an eclectic set of theater venues over two weeks, in late May and early June 2020. The winners will receive prize packages totaling more than $5,000.

Deadline March 30, Free

Teen Arts Week

Teen Arts Week is NYC’s annual citywide celebration of the arts—for teens, by teens

Leading cultural organizations in all five boroughs will present free classes, workshops and performances for teens from March 2-8, 2020. Events enable teens to gain hands-on experience in different areas of the arts, engage with professionals in the creative industries, and explore pathways to future leadership within the context of the arts. Open to all NYC teens 14+ with a valid school ID. Educators are encouraged to bring student groups, both during and after regular school hours.

Questions about Teen Arts Week? Contact: 212.415.5768

Mohawk Day Camp (summer job)

Mohawk Day Camp has summer job openings for high school juniors, seniors, and college students. We are looking for camp counselors as well as swim staff. There are also many assistant positions available in our camp programs: arts and crafts, mountain biking, pioneering, cooking, sports, robotics, drama, dance, tennis, photography, ceramics, and more.

 To apply: https://mohawk.campmanagement.com/p/register_staff.php

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) 2020

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film.

Student feedback from summer 2018 was universally positive, and suggests that SAI is having a positive impact on participating students: 83% of program participants noting that they grew creatively as artists, and 75% noting that they learned new information regarding community and cultural resources. Going forward, SAI will continue to provide a high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant arts programming to students of all five boroughs, free of charge.

The 2020 Summer Arts Institute will take place from July 6 – July 31, 2020 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The program meets Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM.

Please complete this application in its entirety by 10 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition.

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.

To be added to our mailing list for information on all future events and opportunities, please email cazano@mcctheater.org

For more information, visit http://www.mcctheater.org/youthcompany/


Explore, Design, Create!

Has anyone ever told you that you have an “eye for design”? Do your friends always ask you to take group pictures because of your awesome photography skills? Are you a pro at doodling? Are your friends tired of playing video games with you because you always destroy them? Join an open workshop as a video or audio producer, photographer, graphic designer, animator, or game designer. With the help from experts in these fields, you’ll learn to use professional hardware and software to create your own digital media projects.

By the end of each session, you will have completed a video, audio track, design project, game, animation, website, or app and will have an opportunity to share your work at a citywide celebrations!


RECYouth is free and open to all New York City teens who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 13-17 at start of program
  • Recreation Center member (membership is free to youth 17 and under)
  • Committed to length of program
  • Interested in either film, animation, graphic design, photography, gaming, or coding
  • Able to work independently and in a group

Time and Location

  • Winter session: January – April
  • Spring session: April – June
  • Summer session: July– August
  • Fall session: September – December

The RECYouth program takes place in Computer Resource Centers (CRCs), which are located within recreation centers. RECYouth offerings vary by CRC. Please email recyouth@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 255-3066 to request a registration package or for information about RECYouth classes.

How to Apply

CRCs accept applications on a rolling basis, however early registration is encouraged. You can register online , email recyouth@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 255-3066 for a current RECYouth class schedule and to request an application.

The New Vic/New 42 Youth Corps

The New Vic/New 42 Youth Corps is a job training program that provides high school and college-age youth with paid employment and professional training. New Vic Ushers and New 42 Apprentices take on a wide variety of responsibilities bringing them into regular contact with audiences, artists and arts administrators. Their work also provides them with a first-hand look at a variety of shows from around the world, strengthening their appreciation of and connection to the performing arts. Both of these employment opportunities include paid participation in regular seminars and workshops on such topics as professionalism, interview skills, resume writing and customer service.


For more information visit https://www.newvictory.org/About/Youth_Corp

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

To apply and see more information, visit https://teens.artsconnection.org/apply/ 

NYU FREE Arts Workshops

Saturday Art Workshop is an 8-week program that allows students to infuse issues of social justice into a dynamic art-making practice.Classes are on Saturdays from 10AM – 12PM from October 22nd – December 17th.

No portfolio is required, and students will have an opportunity to explore the ways in which relevant social issues can be infused into a dynamic multi-media art-making practice.

Classes are Free, and open to students with all levels of art experience!

Fill out online application now!

For more info visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/art/education/visionary_studio/saturday_art_workshop 

New York Theatre Workshop

Mind the Gap
An Intergenerational Theatre Workshop

A free workshop in which half of the participants are elders ages 60 and up, and half are teenagers ages 14-18. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants from each age group work in pairs to interview each other and write a play inspired by their partner’s personal stories. Each session culminates with an invited presentation in which participants’ work is read by professional actors.

NYTW believes that the act of investigating, listening and empathizing with someone of another generation, while using playwriting as a tool to understand and represent their unique experience, allows participants to broaden their perspective, see the other generation in a new light and take on the task of telling someone else’s story with respect and understanding. Reciprocally, the act of sharing one’s own stories and ultimately seeing them interpreted through another’s eyes allows participants to gain insights into their own lives and begin to make meaning out of their personal narratives.

To view details and apply, visit www.nytw.org/mind_the_gap
Application Deadline is now over.