Youth Onstage! is based out of the All Stars Project's performing arts and education center on West 42nd Street in the heart of New York City's theatre district.
During its first four years, Youth Onstage! has produced seven plays, six Hip-Hop Cabarets, two installments of Word on the Street: A Poetry Snap, and several world premiere play readings of new works by young authors. All of Youth Onstage!'s productions are performance experiments, designed to challenge its performers and audiences to think and feel outside the box. They tackle difficult social and political issues and create an environment in which contemporary urban youth can express their experiences and perspectives through performance and share them with a diverse audience of adults and young people from throughout New York City and beyond.
Youth Onstage! has also pioneered a new theatrical form, the Hip-Hop Cabaret.
Young people can get involved in Youth Onstage! by applying to our free after-school performance training program, the Youth Onstage! Community Performance School. An integrated course of intensive performance classes, taught by volunteer teachers with professional theater training, is offered three times a year, in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. During the school year, classes are held after school hours and on Saturdays. In the summer, Youth Onstage! offers an intensive theatre institute that meets four days a week. Admission is by audition. Click here to download an application.
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