Thursday, September 28, 2017

Open Mic for Arts in Education Saturday night at the Theater for the New City

Saturday night at 9, Theater for the New City on First Avenue is hosting a Late Night Open Mic.

Admission is $10, and the proceeds go to fund the Theater for the New City's Arts in Education after-school program for middle-school students.

Here's a little more about the program:

Arts in Education engages a network of passionate and dedicated artists to teach after-school theater classes to underserved middle-school students in the Lower East Side and East Village, filling the critical void left by underfunded or nonexistent drama programs

Arts in Education is offered after-school, completely free, two days a week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for 9 weeks in the Spring and Fall. Throughout the program kids engage in ensemble building games, improvisation exercises, text analysis, physical theater exercises, writing exercises, original choreography, character creation, playwriting and mask-making workshops. The students show off their skills and perform their self-written playlets and scenes as well as their own dance at our Culminating Event for friends and family.

"Our after school-theater program provides kids with a safe, inclusive, creative environment in which to express themselves together, instead of staring at a TV screen or being on the streets," East Village resident Danielle Hauser, the program's director, told me via email. "Our kids benefit together, learning to think creatively, be bold, collaborate, take chances and believe in our community."

Find more info at the Theater for the New City's website. The Theater is located at 155 First Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street.

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