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Theatreworks USA Corp.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts, Theater

Mission: Our mission is to create and produce live theatre of the highest quality, made accessible to the broadest audience of children and families in metropolitan New York and across America, and to cultivate up-and-coming theatre writers. The programming goals are to offer professional theatre that complements school curricula; to inspire independent reading and discussion; and to provide positive role models and age-appropriate treatment of issues important to children and families.

Target demographics: underserved youth and emerging artists

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1.8 million children and families

Geographic areas served: New York, NY

Programs: Class Trips presents Theatreworks performances at an average ticket price of $9 per student in accessible venues to which schoolchildren are bused during the day. Smile for a Song Fund offers free tickets for school groups that cannot afford to attend performances at any cost. Free Summer Theatre invites 15,000 NYC-area students to 50 free performances of a world premier production at an off-Broadway theater. New Works Development has changed the face of children's theatre through the continual creation and development of curriculum-based plays and musicals. National Touring allows Theatreworks to partner with venues across the nation, yielding 2,000 performances in 700 venues, with an audience of 1.8 million. Weekend Family Series promotes theatre as an intergenerational activity for youth and families in New York and surrounding area. Arts Enrichment encourages curriculum studies through professionally-developed study guides, in-school workshops, and teaching artists.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous Free Summer Theatre and Gala! We need to share this with everyone we know! For the kids....they need to laugh and develop an appreciation of theatre! For adults....theatre and gala provide the type of entertainment that is a win win. Enjoyable and with a meaningful cause! Congratulations! Lynn Bassini

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids and I love Theatreworks USA. I had the opportunity to see two productions with my children and their classmates. All the children enjoyed the shows. They laughed and smiled a lot. We saw "Junie B Jones" and "Seussical". The costumes were perfect and the characters were portrayed well.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be cast in Theatreworks' production of "Susan B!" about the life of Susan B. Anthony, back in early 1980's. I was a young actress in my early twenties, and this was my first job with a weekly paycheck. Jay Harnick and Charles Hull were extremely supportive of their employees, as we ventured out across the country and even to Alaska with our show. It was an experience I will never forget, because so many children in so many places, made it clear by their response, that they were having a great time being "edutained" by our traveling troupe. I am thrilled that Theatreworks is still going strong. It was formative to my career, and an inspiration to many who would not otherwise have a theatre experience.

6

Former staff

Rating: 5

From seeing their shows at 5 years old to working as an intern in the office as a college student, I have thoroughly enjoyed my association with Theatreworks/USA and continue to keep in touch with the people I met there. Theatreworks consistently provides the highest quality theatre for children who might otherwise not be exposed to it.

4

Former staff

Rating: 5

I was a staff member almost two decades ago and now regularly bring my children to see the work of Theatreworks/USA.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Theatreworks USA productions are high quality and enjoyable by all ages. My children have enjoyed the varied programs for several years. It is a magical experience every time we go. The performers are well trained and make the characters believable.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to attend the Free Summer Theatre performance of "Click Clack Moo" in New York last year, and I have to say, TheatreworksUSA makes fantastic productions that can be enjoyed by children and adults as well. Everyone left the theatre smiling, engaged, and promising to come back again. The music is catchy, the costumes are perfection, and all of the stories are educational and entertaining as well. Great job, TheatreworksUSA!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For many years, I worked as an actor with Theaterworks. Now, I take my children to their shows. As an actor, I was very, very proud of introducing theater to children all across the US, many of whom had never been to a show before they saw ours. As a mom, I'm impressed by how consistently Theaterworks is able to put together works of theater that are at the same time moving, entertaining and educational. They are, quite simply, the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Opening Night Benefit of "Click, Clack, Moo" this past summer and had such a blast! Not only was the book adapted so well for the stage, the acting, singing, costumes, and set design was top notch. The staff at TheatreWorks also planned a fantastic after party where I had an opportunity to meet the actors, author, and illustrator. I am a teacher and I love the idea of introducing my students to the world of theatre through stories they're familiar with performed at such a highly professional caliber. TheatreWorks provides opportunities for kids who may never get to see a show on Broadway. I look forward to planning field trips for my students!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bringing my class to a Theatreworks USA production is always a great experience from start to finish! At last year's Junie B. Jones performance students and parent chaperones alike enjoyed the funny, lively, and clever show presented by an incredibly talented cast. As a teacher I appreciated that the staff was friendly and helpful from booking the tickets to accommodating our seating needs. My students and I will definitely be back!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of seeing the Theatreworks USA production of The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks with my daughter. I never expected a play designed for children to have such clever and singable songs or such a talented cast. And the performance was free! What a great way to introduce my daughter to the arts! Now, I look for productions by TheatreworksUSA all the time because I know they will be great quality entertainment that I can enjoy with my kids.