The Acting Lab
Led by director Jen Shirley, Youth Company actors develop their performance skills through weekly workshops in improvisation, scene-study, movement, and voice. Actors also participate in writing workshops, which result in the development of original works that are performed by the ensemble, including the annual spring production UNCENSORED.
The Playwriting Lab
Playwriting Lab members develop original scripts in weekly workshops. Under the tutelage of professional playwright Lucy Thurber, young writers learn about monologue, dialogue, setting, conflict, and character. Playwriting Lab members are pushed to expand their definition of what "theatrical" means. Each month, one or more short plays enjoy public readings with professional actors. After hearing and seeing their works-in-progress on stage, writers develop their scripts, using the same process employed by professional playwrights. Playwrights' scripts come to vibrant life in the FreshPlay Festival every July/August.
The Youth Company Ambassadors
The Ambassador program brings a small group of YC members together to be introduced to the full range of skills, techniques and ideas which are essential to professional theater. YCA’s meet regularly with theater administrators, actors, directors and designers, and will in turn act as advocates for MCC Theater and arts education. YCA’s become active producers for UnCensored and The FreshPlay Festival. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Heights Youth Company
The George Washington High School YC is our original satellite youth company in Washington Heights. Bringing students from all four schools together at George Washington High School, director Raphael Peacock spends the year focusing on artistic skills and college and career exploration. GWYC members perform in their own On the Fly and UnCensored productions, and participate in master classes and theater visits throughout the season.
The Brooklyn Youth Company
The BKYC is our second satellite youth company located in East New York. This ensemble of students grades 9-12 from High School for Public Service meet weekly from January-May with director Lauren Annunziata exploring their artistic voices and the tools they need to theatricalize their words. Like the other branches of the YC, the BKYC perform in their own UnCensored production and participate in master classes and theater visits.