The Arts Education for Actors Program
…is a hands-on training program for 10 Circle graduate per year. It includes teaching arts workshops throughout the season led by experts in the arts education field.
It also includes a Playwriting Residencey at PS 11. The Circle grads become Residency Assistants (RAs) who guide the 3rd graders at PS 11 as they write their own scripts. The RAs are taught a form of playwriting called “Playmaking,” created by playwright and master teaching artist Daniel Judah Sklar; then they mentor the kids as they learn it as well. The young playwrights’ first imaginative plays are read and acted at PS 11 by the RAs and their guest actors (also Circle alums). The kids then transform them into realistic plays, and make their final script edits before the RAs direct, and then perform all the plays on the Broadway stage at Circle in the Square. It’s an incredible learning experience for everyone, and the kids are delighted to have their plays come to life on Broadway.
The trainees end the program by attending the two-day long NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Face to Face conference in Manhattan. The days are filled from morning to evening with a wide-range of training and employment information for teaching artists.
We have trained hundreds of graduates since 1997; many who are now working as teaching artists between – or in addition to – professional acting jobs.