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NEW PARTNERSHIPS LAUNCHING WITH COLUMBIA@ROUNDABOUT AND MORE
Roundabout and Columbia University School of the Arts, both celebrating 50th anniversaries, have launched Columbia@Roundabout. This initiative is aimed at educating and developing the next generation of playwrights and theatre administrators via the Underground Reading Series at the Black Box Theatre and season-long apprenticeships within our executive and artistic leadership.
Roundabout’s growing involvement in higher education lays the groundwork for fostering the theatre industry’s future leaders, playwrights, technicians, and educators through these programs and partnerships with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) to illuminate hidden career paths, and with City College’s Masters in Educational Theatre to provide training in technical theatre to aspiring teachers.
LOOKING INSIDE: I.A.T.S.E. HIDDEN CAREER PATH DAYS
Each year, Roundabout partners with the I.A.T.S.E. to provide NYC public school kids with exposure to backstage careers in the theatre. Students take part in backstage tours and hands-on activities in crafts like wig making, light hanging, and sound mixing with industry professionals. Last year, a record 164 students explored careers in hair and makeup, lighting and electrics, stagehands, wardrobe, and sound design.
AFTER SCHOOL: STUDENT PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
In our Student Production Workshop (SPW), public school students are not just seeing great theatre, but creating it. Modeled after Roundabout’s professional theatre production process, this afterschool theatre company develops and mounts original work. 100% of SPW participants graduate high school.

 

Kayla Arvelo, a student at Repertory Company High School for the Theatre Arts, has learned how to write, direct, design and act, and will be directing this summer’s student world premiere, She Was as Beautiful as the Moon, to be produced in Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre. “I gained better communication skills and expanded my thinking [in SPW]," says Kayla, pictured at left. "I have the confidence to volunteer for activities without hesitation and be the leader when need be.”
 
SPOTLIGHT ON: STUDENT THEATRE ARTS FESTIVAL
On May 16, 2016, Roundabout Hosted its Sixth Annual Student Theatre Arts Festival in the American Airlines Theatre. Over 150 students from 12 New York City public schools made their Broadway debuts. Students filled every corner of the theatre for a full day. Students not only had the chance to share their work with each other and their families, but also put their newly acquired skills to use as they played crucial roles in the production of the show, from helping design the American Airlines theatre marquee, to assisting with technical elements, to earning a standing ovation from the sold-out house.