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.

When does blood stop being thicker than water? 

As a family, the Robinsons are no strangers to addiction—everything from Jesus to heroin, someone in the household has been obsessed with it. James’s family members and the people close to him, like his drug dealer and his ex-girlfriend, are all facing the aftermath of his choices. The world of James and his addiction along with his haunting new companion, Ellie, is blown wide open for all to see.



Sunday, August 11, 12:00pm and 6:00pm
Monday, August 12, 12:00pm and 6:00pm


Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 W. 46th St. (Between 6th and 7th Aves)

Watch summer 2018's production of Smaller This Year.

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



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.


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.


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.


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.

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