Youth + Teens | Theater

Play Time

Ages 6 – 8
Saturdays at 11 AM – 12 PM
for $300 | Register

Let’s put on a play! Using teamwork and imagination, kids adapt original stories into a production. After self-designating roles as directors, designers, or actors, students spend the first half of the class creating and rehearsing a script. The second half is spent designing and building sets/costumes.

Artist: Kim Katzberg

Act Funny

Ages 9 – 13
Saturdays at 12 – 1 PM
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Everybody is funny. Really! In this class students will embrace their inner weirdos, laugh until it hurts, and learn how to translate humor into acting in front of an audience. Get ready to play, write, and run around like crazy!

Artist: Jess Goldschmidt

Story Telling

Ages 9 – 13
Thursdays at 5:30 – 6:30 PM
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In this class, students will explore voice as an instrument of storytelling. Approaching poetry, monologues, and song, students will explore the potential of the human voice to convey meaning, character and narrative. We will investigate and stretch out our voices to find greater versatility, skill and imagination and become more confident performers and public speakers.

Artist: Kaaren Briscoe Minefee

Spoken Word

Ages 14 – 18
Saturdays at 1:30 – 3 PM
for $370 | Register

Turn poetry into performance using word play, intonation and vocal inflection. Using various writing prompts to access their creativity, each student will write a short collection of poetry that will be performed  in the Spoken Word style popularized by Russell Simmons’  Def Poetry and rooted in the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

Urban Youth Theater and National Black Theater

Ages 14 – 18

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Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturdays | 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Performances | May 18 & 19 | 7 PM

Urban Youth Theater is a performance laboratory for teens at Abrons Arts Center. Each year the company performs a season of originally devised works and re-interpretations of classical texts. Working under the direction of New York City-based directors, writers, and designers, UYT gives young performers the opportunity to participate in a pre-professional company. Participants must be dedicated, respectful of each other’s ideas, and willing to take artistic risks.

In the wake of the recent election, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre is partnering with Abrons Arts Center to generate a devised political theater piece. UYT’s spring production will explore documentary-style theatre under the direction of Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Arts at NBT. The work will address the following questions: What do our youth think about the election process and results? What is democracy? What will America’s future look like? Through personal narratives and interviews, teens will be brought into the center of this political conversation and hopefully answering the question “When we vote, what and whom are we really voting for?”.