Education at Roundabout
It's about turning classrooms into theatres,
and the theatre into a classroom
Education at Roundabout uses theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning in New York City classrooms. We are dedicated to using our professional theatre resources to accomplish the following objectives:
TRANSFORM the classrooms of New York City public schools by creating learning opportunities across all disciplines through the exploration of theatre and by collaborating with teachers and teaching artists to infuse theatrical teaching strategies into their curriculum.
ENGAGE students in theatre experiences that explore the universal themes of the human condition and develop their ability to think critically about the plays they attend.
BUILD a community of confident, expressive young people who, in producing classic and original plays, are committed to and responsible for their own learning.
FOSTER a new generation of artists and arts administrators by providing career development opportunities to high school and college students through internships and apprenticeships at Roundabout.
EXPAND the impact of Roundabout’s productions by providing historical, literary and social contexts in the classroom.
"IS 237 has a multi-ethnic population. The ESL population has grown significantly over the years. [In 1994,] approximately 25% of our students were meeting state standards in English Language Arts. We also were designated as a School In Need of Improvement by the State. By 2009, approximately 75% of our students were meeting state standards in English, we were no longer a School In Need of Improvement and we received an “A” rating on our School Report Card. I am convinced that this was largely due to our partnership with Roundabout Theatre."
–Joseph D. Cantata, Principal Emeritus & Member Education Committee Roundabout Theater