The New Group’s innovative free theater education program serving NYC public high school students since 2006.

Scene 1 uses a model that prioritizes ensemble building and character development, students learn advanced acting, playwriting and songwriting with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with artists from The New Group. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students’ voices as emerging artists through the creation of original work that connects to their lives; to provide students with rigorous skills-based courses in acting and writing; and to create an ensemble of young artists who understand what it means to be part of a community, by building a cohesive ensemble of performers.

The young people in this program are an integral part of The New Group artistic community, and see our theater as place to learn and be inspired by one another.

Registration NOW OPEN: Fill out the form here.

SUMMER SESSION 2022 – July 11 – 29

WHO: Open to New York City High School Students Grades 8 – 12

WHEN: July 11 – 29, Monday – Friday, 10am – 2pm 

WHERE: In-Person! A midtown Manhattan theater studio 

Students will be provided with lunch and a metrocard for transportation. Location details to follow.


SCENE 1 is a FREE three-week theater program combining acting training with ensemble creation, rehearsing scenes and building original improvised pieces. The program culminates in a final performance of student work.

Students also have master classes with New Group artists such as Tony and Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Nixon (And Just Like That, The Gilded Age), Jasmine Cephas Jones and Sasha Hutchings of Hamilton, and Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (ZombielandBatman v Superman).

No theater experience required – but a willingness to stretch yourself is essential!

Download a digital program flyer HERE.

Questions? You can email our education department at



About the Instructor

Ricardo Vázquez is an award winning actor and multi-disciplinary theater creator most recently seen in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of The Inheritance. As an actor he has worked with Atlantic Theater, New York Stage and Film, TIFANA, Kitchen Theatre, HERE Center for the Arts, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Mass MOCA Museum, and Dixon Place, and has appeared regionally on stages including the Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Chance Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in feature films such as Gets Good Light (Tribeca Film Festival), Nina of the Woods (Cinequest, Philadelphia, MSPIFF Film Festivals), Farmer of the Year, The Public Domain, and Death to Prom. In collaboration with Robert Rosen, he has created two solo pieces that celebrate the history of Puerto Rico: Juracán: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons, and Escúchame. Ricardo has been a guest artist/faculty member with The Juilliard School, CUNY Creative Arts Team, Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS NYC), Long Island University B.F.A Acting Program (LIU), Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota,  Augsburg College,  Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Opening Act, and Ten Thousand Things. He is a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Many Voices Fellow; a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee, and received the coveted Twin Cities IVEY Award for Emerging Artist in 2013.



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The New Group’s education programs are supported in part by The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.
Generous support for The New Group is provided by The Shubert Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation.

The New Group’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.