The festival, held from 7-8:45 PM, will serve as a high-profile forum on Broadway to celebrate, promote and advocate theatre education for all students.
The evening will showcase 10-15 minute excerpts from five NYC high school productions on a Broadway stage that were selected by theatre artist educators, who visited and adjudicated productions across the city.
They include Godspell from Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan; Stand and Deliver from Maspeth High School in Queens; Little Women from Susan Wagner High School in Queens; Trojan Women from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens; and In the Heights from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.
The festival evening event is not competitive, as all participating schools are invited to celebrate these five productions.
Participating acting (and technical production students) will engage in free master technique workshops earlier in the day — reinforcing the training and educational focus of the festival. Also presenting at the event will be chancellor Carmen Fariña, NYC Department of Education; and Robert E. Wankel, co-CEO, The Shubert Organization and The Shubert Foundation.
According to press notes, "The evening focuses the need for equity and access to a theatre education for all NYC students. The festival enables students to see that a life in the theatre can be a legitimate career path."