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ROUNDABOUT YOUTH ENSEMBLE

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.

Overview

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.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video created this year by student Erika Juarez, mentored by teaching artist Leah Reddy.

 

APPLY TO BE A ROUNDABOUT YOUTH AMBASSADOR!

 

WHAT IS A ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY YOUTH AMBASSADOR?

RTC Youth Ambassadors are a council of students who will represent all five boroughs, will advise Education at Roundabout programs, and will ensure that our participants are always kept at the center of  our work. Ambassadors will engage in leadership development programing and will meet monthly to develop these skills, discuss their experiences with RTC, and offer suggestions to address program areas of growth. Travel and meals will be provided by RTC for each meeting and event. Youth Ambassadors will serve a year long term and will be elected by their peers. 
 
CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

If you have any questions, email us at rye@roundabouttheatre.org.

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.