The Broadway productions of Saint Joan, School of Rock: The Musical, and The Play That Goes Wrong have been awarded The Broadway League's New York Education and Engagement Grants. Each show received a $3,500 grant toward its educational and engagement initiatives to create more opportunities for young people to engage with theatre.
The grants have made possible the following three initiatives:
Write on the Edge (WrOTE) Playwriting Residencies:
Beginning in March, Manhattan Theatre Club partnered with two high schools, Manhattan Academy of Arts and Language and Alternative Design Academy, to engage 40 students in playwriting residencies built around MTC’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. During an 11-session residency, the students study Saint Joan, attend a matinee performance of the show, and write original short plays inspired by the themes and motifs of the play.
Rockin’ with School of Rock:
School Of Rock: The Musical has partnered with Little Kids Rock to extend arts education opportunities to 30 underserved students. These students will experience a day behind the scenes learning about the making of a Broadway show, see an evening performance of School Of Rock, and meet cast members during an exclusive post-show Q&A.
From Improv to Broadway:
The Play That Goes Wrong has partnered with Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) to give 30 New York City public school students and their teachers the opportunity to participate in a UCB-led workshop and create short sketch comedy presentations that the students will perform at the Lyceum Theatre. Participants will also attend a performance of The Play That Goes Wrong.
“The Broadway League is pleased to award the 2018 grants to Saint Joan, School of Rock and The Play That Goes Wrong. These important programs provide students with enriching theatrical experiences that we hope will encourage a lifelong appreciation of the arts,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, in a press statement. “We applaud and appreciate the efforts of the grant recipients in continuing to introduce more young people to live theatre and ensuring the growth and vitality of Broadway for generations to come.”