THE NEW GROUP

Scene 1

Scene 1 is The New Group’s innovative free theater education program serving NYC public high school students since 2006. Using a model that prioritizes ensemble building and character development, students learn advanced acting, playwriting and songwriting with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with New Group artists. 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.

Scene 1 Fall 2019

In this weekly class, students will gain the skills necessary to create and perform original work. The experience will allow students to express themselves through games, character exercises, improvisation and movement. While strengthening acting muscles and working as a team, students will create and rehearse scenes they build from improvisation, culminating in a final performance of the original work by the class. No theater experience required!

Students also get the opportunity to work with guest artists from The New Group, including playwrights, actors, directors and choreographers.

Past guest artists have included Cynthia Nixon (The Little Foxes), Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton), Charlotte Hope (“Game of Thrones”), Eisa Davis (“House of Cards,” “The Wire”), Van Hughes (Spring Awakening), Jack DiFalco (Marvin’s Room, Torch Song), Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman) and Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

WHEN
October 2 – December 11
(No class November 27)
Wednesdays from 4-6pm
Final Showing on December 18

WHO
NYC Public High School Students
Grades 9-12

WHERE
Midtown Manhattan

Click here to sign up!

 

Scene 1 Summer Intensive for High Schoolers

In this three-week intensive, students will gain the skills necessary to create and perform original work. The experience will allow students to express themselves through games, character exercises, improvisation and movement. While strengthening acting muscles and working as a team, students will create and rehearse scenes they build from improvisation, culminating in a final performance of the original work by the class. No theater experience required!

Students also get the opportunity to work with guest artists from The New Group, including playwrights, actors, directors and choreographers. Past guest artists have included Cynthia Nixon, Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton original cast), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Josh Hamilton (This is Our Youth, The Real Thing, “13 Reasons Why”), Van Hughes (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker (“LA Law,” Evening at the Talk House), Patrick Breen (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”), Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Flor de Liz Perez (“The Good Wife”).

Scene 1 Winter Camp for Middle Schoolers

The New Group is proud to offer its theater camp for middle school students in New York City. Led by Tony Award-nominated Sheryl Kaller, students will train with current and past actors from The New Group productions and other theater professionals. Students will refine their stage craft while participating in a unique ensemble process that will culminate with a final showing for family and friends. Classes include acting technique, intro to improvisation, voice & movement and scene study.

Past guest artists have included Cynthia Nixon, Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton original cast), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Josh Hamilton (This is Our Youth, The Real Thing, “13 Reasons Why”), Van Hughes (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker (“LA Law,” Evening at the Talk House), Patrick Breen (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”), Christopher J. Hanke  (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Tryingand Flor de Liz Perez (“The Good Wife”).

Check back in early 2020 for dates and registration information. 

If you have any questions please email education@thenewgroup.org.