40% of New York City high school students drop out of school. Help us give them a reason to stay. Learn more
“Opening Act made things that seemed impossible to do, possible. They taught me diligence and determination.” Jamila Brown, Opening Act Alumni. Learn morePhoto by Alex Sarian
100% of students report participating in Opening Act increased their self-confidence. Learn morePhoto by JG
“As an English teacher, my greatest joy is seeing how these skills translate into success in the classroom.” Dan Thompson, Samuel Gompers High School. Learn morePhoto by John Bentham
Our students build ensemble and community. Learn morePhoto © Giancarlo Osaben 2013
Every student deserves a place to shine. We provide the stage.
Opening Act's theater programs provide students attending New York City's most under-served schools the opportunity to gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life. Currently serving 33 New York City high schools, our vision is to be able to offer a high quality theater program to any New York City school that needs one. Although our medium is the theater, our results go well beyond the stage. Opening Act students emerge as energized leaders within their schools. They value community and commitment and display confidence in themselves and their ability to accomplish anything they set out to achieve. What we do.
Left & Right stills © BENJAMIN LUNDBERG/OPENING ACT;
Center photo © TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
November 5, 2013 — Congratulations to Odley Jean, aspiring actor & senior at Clara Barton High School. Odley is being recognized as one of The Catalog for Giving's Urban Heroes, and will be speaking on November 14th at the Urban Heroes Award ceremony at The Pierre. Read about her experience with Opening Act as covered in the NY Daily News here.
Special thanks to Variety, The Children's Charity of New York for Odley's interview opportunity!
Devised by and featuring alums of Opening Act's
Summer Arts & Leadership Conservatory
October 22, 2013 — Opening Act celebrated thirteen years of successful theater programing at our (Un)Spoken Soirée at HBO. The evening culminated in a performance of (Un)Spoken, a devised performance inspired by voice and voicelessness, created by student actors who participated in Opening Act's inaugural Summer Arts & Leadership Conservatory this summer. If you were unable to join us, or want to relive the magic, Opening Act presents the full performance here. If you would like to see more from the actors of the Summer Arts & Leadership Conservatory, head over to our Vimeo page!
Featuring Patrick Cucuta, Teaching Artist & Opening Act Alum
The Opening Act Mini-Doc series is an organization-wide showcase of featurettes on individuals who are currently working within, and impacting the Opening Act community. Check this space and our Vimeo page for future featurettes. Special thanks to Nelson Hume, Bennett Windheim, and Katie Flint, for realizing this inaugural Mini-Doc!