Chickenshed NYC: Chickenshed Players

Chickenshed Players offers inclusive theatre classes for kids and teens of all abilities and backgrounds. Chickenshed's no-audition approach to creating original work using storytelling, movement, and American Sign Language is like nothing else in NYC. Chickenshed's philosophy fosters inclusion, compassion, and kindness, resulting in a vibrant and unforgettable experience. All classes are held at the 14th Street Y. The age-grouped programs include:

Chickenshed Players 1 (ages 5-7): The youngest Chickenshed Players have fun with theatrical games, singing, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and basic American Sign Language, under the guidance and support of professional teaching artists. In this age group, children use their imaginations to explore all aspects of theatre through playful activities without the pressure of an end-of-term public performance. They do take part in performances for their parents and caregivers throughout the year.

Chickenshed Players 2 (ages 7-10): Children of all abilities and backgrounds take part in theatrical and creative activities as they rehearse for their December stage debut in a new musical, “'Twas The Night Before”, in front of a live audience. The methodology fosters inclusion, compassion, and kindness and encourages Players to contribute their ideas and creativityout of which emerges a unique and vibrant theatrical experience. A high teaching-artist-to-student ratio allows instructors to facilitate small group projects and establishes the foundations for strong relationships within the theatrical community.

Chickenshed Players 3 (ages 10-13): Kids of all abilities and backgrounds develop their creative skills and become the next generation of theatre-makers as they rehearse a brand new musical: “‘Twas The Night Before”. The no-audition approach to theatre-making empowers each player to be a successful member of a theatrical ensemble.

Chickenshed Players 4 (ages 13-18): Teens of all abilities and backgrounds bring their individual creativity and strengths and use the power of the performing arts to inspire and engage each other as they rehearse a brand new musical, “'Twas The Night Before”, adapted from the hugely successful show performed at Chickenshed in London. As older players develop their performance skills, they have the opportunity to mentor others.

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