Home
Programs
Curriculum
Goals
Faculty
How To Apply
Tuition & Aid
General Info/FAQ
Remembering Theodore Mann
ARTS EDUCATION
Performances
Alumni
History
Giving
Contact Us
 

 

OUTREACH PROGRAM: Outreach Performances | Grades K-6 | Festival of Theater | Playwriting Residency at PS 11 | Arts Education for Actors | Teens on Broadway| Planning a Visit


OUTREACH PERFORMANCES

Each year since 1994, Circle in the Square Theatre School (CITSTS) has welcomed thousands of residents from all five boroughs to enjoy two performance series on our Broadway stage. The productions are staged by professional directors.

Top of page

THREE PLAYS FOR GRADES K-6

Three Plays for Grades K-6 feature multicultural folktales adapted for the stage and performed by our graduates in fall and winter. Each performace is approximately fifty minutes, followed by a Q&A with the cast. Tickets are $5. Study guides are sent to K-6 teachers in advance and Actor In The Classroom workshops can be arranged at attending schools, to engage students before or after a performance. We host a reception for teachers and administrators, to discuss our plans for the season.

Current Season Schedule | Archive of Past Seasons

Top of page

FESTIVAL OF THEATER

In the Festival of Theater we present five full-length productions of plays and musicals each spring, featuring our graduating class. A suggested donation of $5 is requested, with discounts or free tickets provided in cases of hardship.

2014 Festival of Theater

Projects Archive

Top of page



PLAYWRITING RESIDENCY AT PS 11

















An 18-day playwriting residency for the whole 3rd grade, rooted in award-winning master teaching artist Daniel Judah Sklar's "Playmaking" process. Mr. Sklar, who developed Playmaking while at The 52nd Street Project and published the book by that title, is assisted by a team of 10 CITSTS graduates enrolled in the Arts Education for Actors training program (see below). Guided by Mr. Sklar and classroom teachers, each graduate works with a group of 4-5 students, helping to develop the third graders' own unique short plays. Students first create abstract plays, then transform them to realistic fiction in conjunction with PS 11 English Language Arts curriculum. Each student's play is performed by the graduate actors on our Broadway stage, for a delighted audience of students, teachers and parents. This program is planned and conducted with PS 11 administration and classroom teachers. We jointly assess and make corresponding improvements to the residency each year.

Top of page

ARTS EDUCATION FOR ACTORS

A hands-on training program for 10 CITSTS graduates per year that includes: assisting a master teaching artist to conduct a school residency, participating in 5 workshops led by experts in the field and attending the annual Face to Face Conference in New York City. Trainees learn best practices and become familiar with common procedures and terms. We have trained over 100 graduates since 1997, many of whom are now working as teaching artists between or in addition to professional acting jobs.

Top of page

TEENS ON BROADWAY (TOB)

A new, city-wide initiative to recognize, support and celebrate the work of students at all pre-professional theater, musical theater and theater dance programs in public high schools throughout the 5 boroughs. TOB, first piloted in 2012, has two components:

1. An annual event where excerpts of best works from these high schools are presented at Circle in the Square Theatre for an audience of theater students, teachers and administrators from all over the City.

2. Social media platforms for students and separately for teachers and administrators to share information about their school's programs, to build community and promote the TOB event online. To see this component in action, visit the Teens on Broadway Facebook page.

2014 Event Flier | View Profiles of 2013 Performing Schools

Top of page

PLANNING A VISIT TO OUR THEATRE?

THEATRE RULES: Please review and share with your students before attending .

  • No photography of any kind is allowed during the performance. It is dangerous for the actors and distracting to the rest of the audience. You may take pictures of your students before and after the show with the actors.
  • No gum is allowed in the theatre.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the theatre.
  • No recording devices are to be used in the theatre.
  • The theatre cannot be responsible for providing a space for you to eat your lunch. We are a full-time theatre conservatory and do not have the extra space for classes to sit and have lunch or snacks. We suggest the public outdoor space behind World Wide Plaza which can be accessed from 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

DIRECTIONS TO THE THEATRE:

ARRIVING BY BUS:

  • All performances take place at Circle in the Square Theatre.
  • Our mailing address is 1633 Broadway (the entrance is on the uptown (North) side of 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
  • Please enter through our box office lobby which opens onto the breezeway, facing the Kinney Garage and next door to the Gershwin Theatre (Wicked).
  • If traveling downtown: we suggest dropping off the students at the corner of NW corner of Broadway and 50th. This way, you will not have to cross any streets with your students.
  • If traveling uptown: we suggest dropping of the students at the NE corner of 8th Ave. and 50th. This way, you will not have to cross any streets with your students.

ARRIVING BY SUBWAY:

  • The C/E train (50th street stop) stops almost at our front door. If coming on the downtown train, use the NW 50th Street exit. If coming on the uptown train, use the NE 50th Street exit.
  • The 1 train (50th street stop) stops almost at our front door as well. If coming on the downtown train, use the NW 50 Street exit. If coming on the uptown train, use the NE 50th Street exit.
  • The N/R/W trains (49th street stop) stop just a few blocks away at 49th Street and 7th Avenue.
  • The F/V/B/D trains (Rockefeller Center stop) are also an option but are a longer walk from 6th Avenue and could be confusing with a lot of students.

Top of page

******

 

 

 

 

1633 Broadway at 50th Street
New York City, NY 10019
Tel: 212-307-0388
Fax: 212-307-0257
Email:
admissions@circlesquare.org