Summer High School Programs

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with two new unique summer offerings tailored for remote classes. We’re pleased to offer workshops that focus on refining skills needed for applying to college and acting programs. Our brilliant teaching artists and guests from the New Group family will give students fun and rigorous ways to approach presenting themselves and telling their stories in this new environment.

My Story: Transforming Personal Stories for College Application

Learn to show your best self! Using theater techniques including improvisation and playwriting, these intensive online classes offer teens the chance to create and refine their own personal stories for use in the college application process. Each student will create at least two monologues that can be used as Common Application essays, and learn to answer questions about themselves as compelling stories. Students will engage in theater exercises to free up their ability to communicate, and present their work in written and oral form for feedback. Each session will culminate in a final sharing on Friday, July 24.  No acting or playwriting experience is necessary for these workshops. First generation and low-income students encouraged to apply.

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Cost: Free

Session 1:
Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm, July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
Taught by Francisco Mendoza

Session 2:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-5pm, July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23
Taught by Amparo Garcia-Crow

About Francisco Mendoza:
Francisco Mendoza is an Argentinian writer currently living in Brooklyn, NY after Francisco Mendozaspending several years in Brazil. His work has been developed or presented at The New Group, the MacDowell Colony, and Northern Stage, among others. His scripts include stage plays Machine Learning (The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Neukom Award for Playwriting, Upcoming: San Diego Rep Latinx Festival), Tooth for Tooth (Finalist, Sundance Theater Lab; Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship), and Patriarch (Upcoming: Great Plains Theatre Conference); TV pilot Land Most Loved (Finalist, Sundance Lab); and podcast Hairy Legs Hannah’s Feminist Quarter-Hour (Austin Film Festival), which he co-wrote and directed.

About Amparo Garcia-Crow:
Amparo Garcia-Crow is a multi-disciplinary artist who acts, Amparo Garcia-Crowsings, directs and writes plays, screenplays and songs. As a playwright, Garcia-Crow has been developed at South Coast Repertory Theatre and has had world premieres Off-Broadway, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Latino Chicago and various theaters and universities in the Southwest. Recently as an artist in residence with NYC’s Mabou Mines she began developing “Strip” a new musical and her “Unknown Soldier: The New American Musical of Mexican Descent” is featured in Hector Galen’s PBS documentary: “Visiones (Visions): Latino Art and Culture” on PBS“. Her most recent feature documentary (and directorial debut) “Love in the Sixties” is currently in various film festivals and her narrative short “Death Rattle” which she wrote and produced premiered at the Los Angeles Latino International and Cine las Americas. And her half hour film, “Loaves and Fishes” (which she also stars in) aired on the PBS series “Territories”, after premiering at SXSW Film Festival and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. A former James Michener Fellow, Amparo won the Larry King Playwriting Award for her play, “Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly and the national Mae West Festival’s “Best Female Protagonist” award for her play “Esmeralda Blue: La Mujer Moderna.” As an actress Amparo has performed at the Kennedy Center and other regional theaters in the Southwest and can be seen on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and ABC’s “The Lying Game” as well as various independent films, commercials and industrials. As a director, Amparo has received the prestigious NEA/TCG Director’s Fellowship and worked on new play development at various theaters including the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She has also produced independent musical releases of her musical compositions and been a Master Acting teacher for the MFA Acting program at the University of Texas where she also taught directing and playwriting. Currently she is an adjunct at Austin Community College after serving as the inaugural Program Manager for the City of Austin’s new sixteen million dollar Mexican American Cultural Center. A collection of her work entitled: “Between Misery and the Sun: The South Texas Plays” is published by No Passport Press.

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Monologue Audition Workshop

Perfect your monologues online! This online summer camp is designed for teens interested in auditioning for college, studio or professional acting programs. Each student will work on at least one monologue live in class, and learn to record (“self-tape”) their own monologues. They will receive feedback from the teaching artist, New Group artistic staff, and through visits from  top New Group artists and affiliated theater professionals. Guests will include The New Group’s award-winning casting director Judy Henderson and Tony-nominated director Sheryl Kaller.

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Date: Monday to Friday, July 20-31
Time: 10 – noon
Taught by Liza Miller

Cost: Full or partial scholarships available to NYC public school students. Class tuition is $450 for the two-week session.

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About Liza Miller: 
Liza Miller is an actor, singer, and teaching artist in NYC. In Liza Miller addition to her work with The New Group’s HS theatre program, Scene 1, Liza creates and facilitates programs and curriculum with arts education organizations that work in partnership to provide after-school and in-school residencies, and summer theatre and music programming for the NYC DOE. These organizations include ArtsConnection, Opening Act, and Community Word Project. Liza is currently pursuing her MS.Ed in Educational Theatre as an Arthur Miller Foundation Scholar.  Liza also runs her own private voice and acting studio in NYC. As an actor, her credits include: Theater: The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Twelfth Night (The Schoolhouse Theatre), Warsaw (Alvin Ailey & NYMF), Booth! The Musical (Skirball Center for Performing Arts),The Who’s Tommy (Debaun Center for Performing Arts), Flim Flam (York Theatre), Chicago (Weathervane Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel (Provincetown Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chicago Theater w/ Donny Osmond). Film: Mr. Blue Sky. TV: “We the People” (NBC). Training: Master’s in Classical Acting, LAMDA; Bachelor of Music – Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre, NYU Steinhardt.