Chickenshed NYC: Theatre Changing Lives

Chickenshed NYC is an inclusive theater company for children and young people, with a mission to create entertaining and outstanding theater by fostering inclusion and integration that inspires positive change. Chickenshed's philosophy fosters inclusion, compassion, and kindness, resulting in a vibrant and unforgettable experience. All classes are held at the 14th Street Y. Chickenshed NYC provides programming for little ones, children, and youth through semester-long activities and performances.

Adventures from The Shed

Puppetry, music, movement, storytelling–and a bit of theater magic! Preschoolers and their families love Adventures from The Shed, our immersive and inclusive performances. The talented team of theater artists lead kids through an adventure with friendly characters like Blurgh, Lion Down, and Mary Jo. Kids get to help the story unfold—all kids receive their own show backpacks to take part in the performance and even learn a bit of American Sign Language!

It is encouraged to arrive early to get registered and settled. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Please note that your family will be on a list for check-in; physical tickets are not necessary. Team members have all been vaccinated against COVID-19. They have created a show that makes family safety a priority, so that everyone can have fun.

Chickenshed Players

Chickenshed’s model of Inclusive Theater is based in the belief that everyone can flourish when everyone is included. Its no-audition policy empowers all of the Players to contribute their ideas and creativity as they collaborate to produce remarkable theatre. Age groups include Chickenshed Players 1 (Ages 5-7), Players 2 (Ages 7-10), Players 3 (10-13) and Players 4 (13-17+).

The youngest Chickenshed Players have fun with theatrical games, singing, dancing, puppetry, and storytelling, under the guidance and support of professional teaching artists. In this age group, children use their imaginations to explore all aspects of theater 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. Older children get the opportunity to debut a new musical called Ever After, the classic tale of Hansel & Gretel with a twist.

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