MCC Theater partners with New York City public high schools to bring arts education to students who would otherwise lack it. MCC Theater is unique in its education program in that it individually tailors teaching artist residencies in each school to best serve the needs of students. In each residency we focus upon using theatrical skills to enliven and illuminate humanities and English language arts curricula and to inspire in our students a love of theater.
Manhattan International High School
A small school for students who have recently immigrated to the United States, Manhattan International High School prepares English Language Learners for college. Students at MIHS learn English quickly because the small classroom sizes provide opportunities for discussion and individual attention from teachers. By bringing the performing arts into the curriculum, MCC Theater inspires communication and understanding that transcends language and cultural barriers.
George Washington High School
Serving as a model for the reorganization of large schools into smaller, more effective ones, George Washington High School in Washington Heights gives students who are poorly prepared for high school the tools for success. MCC Teaching Artists partner with teachers at George Washington to foster creativity in the classroom and to bring out the writer and performer in every student.
Validus Preparatory Academy
Validus Prep is a new small public high school dedicated to academics, health, and fitness. The mission of Validus Preparatory Academy is to develop students who understand the importance of health and fitness, who demonstrate the character traits of Responsibility, Collaboration, Compassion, and Commitment and who achieve mastery in academics to prepare them to be successful in life after high school. MCC Theater teaching artists partner with English Language Learning (ELL) teachers at Validus prep to help students find their own unique and important voice as writers, speakers and performers. Over February break and during the spring semester, Validus students collaborate as an ensemble to write original theater pieces relating to their existent ELL curriculum.