The award's mission is to aid the growth and development of theatre education in New York and to encourage Broadway productions to create more opportunities for young people.
"The submissions this year were of such high quality that it was challenging to select only two programs, so we awarded three," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League in a press statement. "As shows continue to create more innovative educational programs than ever before, it’s important to provide support for the Broadway industry to encourage students of all ages to learn, grow, and continue to experience theatre."
MTC's Constellations got its grant for engaging students through professional development and writing workshops earlier this year. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s "Our Curious Community" Program will immerse 60 students over the course of a year into the world of the show and topics related to mathematics, science, literature, theatre production, and fitness. The King and I will invite 1200 students and 25 teachers to attend all-student matinee performances. Teachers will attend training sessions and devise lesson plans centered on exploring the different cultural and political themes in the show.
Established in 2002 by the Broadway League, the New York Education and Engagements Grants programs have awarded a total of $975,000 to theatres on Broadway and around country. Generous additional financial support from Theatre Development Fund has also been provided.
For more information on the Broadway League and its initiatives, please visit BroadwayLeague.com.