Who we are & What We Do...
BROADWAY FOR ALL provides middle and high school performers of varying ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to take part in a professional caliber, performing arts program. Originally born out of a Presidential Public Service Fellowship through Harvard University's Office of the President, BROADWAY FOR ALL is a NYC-based, summer professional training conservatory and a social justice project. It strategically aims to build bridges between various demographics and to promote the development of creative relationships across cultural and socio-economic boundaries.
Our middle school participants usually possess little to no professional training in the performing arts and are economically disadvantaged. Our high school students, on the other hand, are well-versed in the performing arts, range from low to high-income backgrounds, and are auditioned and selected from the entire city (many come from arts high schools). Our goal is to create as socio-economically and culturally diverse an ensemble as possible; this is what sets our program apart from the rest. Uniquely, in addition to honing their craft and getting training to master their college auditions, our high school participants commit to social justice and serve as Big Brothers/Big Sisters for the middle school participants and help promote our Literacy Initiative.
BROADWAY FOR ALL participants commit to splitting their time between classes in the morning and rehearsal in the afternoon (in a theatre or musical theatre-track), five days a week, six hours a day at a rehearsal space at Lincoln Center for four weeks. Learning from a core faculty from the Broadway industry, participants not only study acting technique, singing, dance, and audition prep in a rigorous classroom setting, but also present a collaboratively produced play and musical in the heart of New York City’s Theatre District. All participants attend Broadway shows to supplement their learning.
Why We Are Here
There are other teen, professional arts training programs in NYC, but they charge thousands of dollars for participation. Unfortunately, this means that students without the necessary economic resources have fewer opportunities to develop their techniques in the performing arts. Sadly, this situation further perpetuates a problematic lack of diversity in the American arts & entertainment industry.
BROADWAY FOR ALL, on the other hand, believes that what makes us special is our commitment to diversity. We purposely ensure that our ensemble is as diverse as possible because we know students who learn in diverse settings are more likely to commit to peace and global understanding in the future.