52nd Street Project

The 52nd Street Project (The Project) is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of 9 and 18 that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists.

The Project has a curriculum of six theatre programs that result in six to eight full productions and one evening of staged readings annually. These program are Playmaking Stage-One, an after school class wherein the kids learn how to write for the theater; One-on-Ones, that pair kids with adults to perform a play together that the adult writes; Replay, the second step in playwriting; Playback, in which the kids’ write a play for themselves and their adult partners; Two-on-Two’s, where two kids perform a play written by one adult and directed by another; and The Teen Ensemble, a two-year long class of performance, writing, movement and voice that results every other year in a full-length production of a play by Shakespeare.