For Students


What is Roundabout Youth Ensemble?

Roundabout Theatre Company’s after school program, Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE, formerly Student Production Workshop), is a student-led theatre company modeled after Roundabout’s professional theatre production process.


FALL: Interviews and auditions to become a member of the RYE ensemble. Students will be placed into a theatrical track for the school year. These tracks are performance, tech/design, and playwriting. Throughout the fall each track will meet once a week to learn about their discipline through workshops and hands-on projects. Once a month the ensemble will come together to see a Roundabout production and meet with professional artists.

WINTER: The ensemble will continue to meet on a weekly basis working towards producing a showcase where playwrights, designers, and performers can share the work they’ve been doing. The group will see each of Roundabout’s winter productions.

SPRING: Interviews for RYE leaders will take place. Three plays will be expanded and produced by the RYE ensemble as staged readings in Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre—the final school-year event for the ensemble.

SUMMER: RYE leaders hold open auditions for student actors and interview student designers for the summer production. Once the company is selected, they embark on a seven week student-led production process, culminating in four public performances in August.

Watch this behind-the-scenes video created this year by student Erika Juarez, mentored by teaching artist Leah Reddy.



To sign up for an audition/interview time slot visit, click here. You are only required to come to one audition day.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Prepare to be at the audition from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Education Studio, 3rd Floor
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
111 West 46th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Nearby trains:
NRO to 49th Street 
BDFM to 47–50th Streets
Playwrights: Please bring a sample of your writing. This doesn’t have to be a play, just a piece of any writing you’ve done for yourself or school. Be ready to talk about your writing and what interests you.
Performers: You will be provided with scenes or monologues to read at the audition.
Tech/Designers: Feel free to bring examples of any theatre design or technical work, but this is not required. Be ready to talk about what interests you about the backstage and design side of theatre.

The Tech/Design track will meet every Monday.
The Performance Track will meet every Tuesday.
The Playwriting Track will meet every Wednesday.

If you have any questions, email us at

Please note that Roundabout Youth Ensemble is a FREE program for New York City public high school students. Students are given metro cards to get to Roundabout locations and to get home.