Roundabout Youth Ensemble is a student-led theatre company.

The program celebrates the artistry and creativity of New York City Public High School Students in the five boroughs of NYC.

There are currently three companies in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

  • Brooklyn location: James Madison High School
  • Manhattan location: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
  • Staten Island location: Curtis High School

You are welcome to join a company of your choosing; you do not need to be enrolled at one of the above schools in order to participate in the ensemble. The only requirement is that you are enrolled in a New York City Public High School

These companies give students a platform to address their experience in school and in their neighborhood while developing skills to produce a theatrical presentation.

Ensembles meet locally once a week for two hours after school.  Students come together at Roundabout Theatre once a month to share their works-in-progress and attend a show.

RYE participants regularly connect with members from the other borough companies, building a network of powerful young theatre makers ready to make change!


Fall and Winter

Each RYE company meet once a week after school to work towards producing a theatrical presentation that will be shared in a showcase in December.  The groups see each of Roundabout’s fall/winter productions.


Participants continue to work on their theatrical presentation. The group will see each of Roundabout’s spring productions. Works in Progress will be shared at a culminating event at Roundabout Theatre Company.


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 performance in August.

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Roundabout Youth Ensemble is made possible through the support of The Pinkerton Foundation.