Education at The New Group








Summer 2023 programming has ended. We’ll update when we have information about upcoming programs.


This summer, The New Group is partnering with renowned arts education innovators Wingspan Arts, combining our own Scene 1 teen acting program with their long-running Summer Conservatory for first-rate and enhanced free theater opportunities.

High-school age participants can participate in an expanded version of our Scene 1 intensive, spanning 6 weeks, with full day programming.


Scene 1 offers a rigorous ensemble-based approach to acting training, and applies it to rich scenes and plays that challenge the students in individualized ways and develop their artistic voices. The young artists participating will take a diverse selection of professionally oriented theater classes in the morning, and work with Scene 1 for 4 hours a day toward a fully rehearsed and staged performance.

For musical theater lovers, Wingspan is also offering productions of musicals for both high school and middle school levels. The New Group will be bringing in artists in our community for master classes for all participating students.


When: July 5 – August 12 (middle school program ends August 5)
Where: Beacon High School (campus located at 522 West 44th St, Manhattan)


About Scene 1
Scene 1 uses an ensemble-based model for students to experience and practice acting with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with artists from The New Group. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students’ individual voices as emerging artists; to provide students with rigorous skills-based courses in various aspects of acting; and to create a community of mutually supportive young artists that help each other grow and excel.

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


About Wingspan Arts
Wingspan Arts aims to enrich the lives of young people in and around New York City through multi-disciplinary arts education programs both in and out of the classroom. Our programs emphasize the value of theatre, music, visual arts, and dance while also using these art forms as tools for communication, personal growth, and self-expression.

Founded in 2001 in response to the lack of arts instruction in public schools, Wingspan Arts’ customized programs have benefited thousands of children across the New York Metro Region. By partnering with professional artist-educators who bring their creative experiences and personalized lessons to the classroom, Wingspan has transformed the traditional teacher-student paradigm into an authenticity-driven, community-based learning environment. Through afterschool, in-school, theatre conservatory, and public programs, Wingspan Arts students are empowered both as individuals and as stewards of the expanding arts community.

All children have creative promise; however, many may not have means to access the arts. For these families, Wingspan Arts offers tuition-free opportunities, a scholarship program, and free public events as part of our commitment to reaching as many young people as possible. This helps fulfill our mission of connecting students to the arts, and the arts to life.


This program is supported in part by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and the Laura B. Vogler 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.