Roundabout Theatre Company’s after school program, Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE) is a student-led theatre company modeled after Roundabout’s professional theatre production process. Students can participate in both the school year session and the summer session.

Roundabout Youth Ensemble will be presenting a virtual performance this year! The summer ensemble is currently collaborating remotely through the design and rehearsal process. 

The performance will be available to view August 14–28, with a live launch event on August 14 from 5–7pm. Ticket information will be available soon.


“Hidden Truths” by Jaden Tench, Nicaulis Mercedes and Xavier Chavez


Omari finds himself in a new world in the city, filled with new people and potential that was unavailable in his old school. Though outcasted, it all becomes worth it when he meets Destiny, the daughter of the principal. Rumors of his hidden ability only further distance him from the rest of the school. Inspired by Othello, the play is a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s work, Omari will have to prove his genuine love for Destiny to her father, and outwit the sociopathic student council president. How can a small group of teens prevail?


Director: Tyia  Boateng  

Managing Director: Jemely Robles  

Stage Manager: Amanda Reynoso  

Playwrights: Xavier Chavez, Jaden Tench,  Nicaulis Mercedes  


Omari: Shai Graham  

Destiny: Lia  Spahn  

Emily: Yana  Khandaker  

Bianca: Sierra Smith-Vasquez  

Bernard: Kevin Torello   

Chris: Elijah Turner    

Ian: Brandon Suarez   

Board Member 1:  J. Tartaglia

Board Member 2:  Danielle  Travino  

Board Member 3: Carol  Sabbagh 



Leader: Rohandry  Hernandez  

Maia Wellington, Zulgey  Cruz, Sacora Iniguez, Emily Mustillo  


Leader: Maya Acevedo  

Lauren Wood, Aila Reyes, Alyssa Bowman, Frances  Lavezzari, Jademarie  Gerena  


Leader: Erin Harkins

Esmeralda  Cuautle, Isaac Wolff, Hope Pirovolikos, Lisbeth Sierra  


Leader:  Emely Batista

Rosalind Hernandez, Christopher Etienne, Cathleen Conte-Marerro, Julia  Dobrovsky

Please note that Roundabout Youth Ensemble is a free program for New York City public high school Students.

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