Apr. 28 marks the fifth annual "Teachers' Night On Broadway," a fair geared to bring theatre into the classroom and classes into the theatre.
Sponsored by Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and The League of American Theatres & Producers, in association with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association (TIAA CREF), this event takes place at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.
More than 2,200 teachers (up nearly 1,000 from last year) from 1,100 tri state public and private schools are participating in the event, which begins at 2:30 PM. More than 50 theatre companies, shows and institutions will be represented at the event's "Education Fair," where they will distribute education materials and study guides for use in the classroom.
TDF Teaching Artist Stephen DiMenna and a student from the Public School Repertory Company will discuss the benefit of theatre arts education in the classrooms. (According to TDF spokesperson David LeShay, teaching artists go into classes and do preparation work long before the kids go into a show.)
After the event, participating teachers will be treated to one of 18 participating shows, including, Honour,, Freak, The Chairs and The Life. Founded in 1968, Theatre Development Fund has as its mission the support of new productions and broadening of audiences bases for commercial theatre. Headed by executive director Jack Goldstein, TDF is now the largest not-for-profit, performing arts service organization in the U.S. Its best-known program is the world-famous Times Square TKTS booth, where theatregoers can buy tickets at a discount of 25 or 50 percent. Other TDF programs include theatre and dance ticket subsidies, the TAP program for the hearing and visually impaired, a voucher program for inexpensive theatregoing, group sales to hospitals and seniors, and a costume collection of more than 75,000 garments and accessories.
-- By David Lefkowitz