Artistic Programs

Chickenshed NYC is an inclusive theatre company for young people of all backgrounds and abilities, whose mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.

Chickenshed’s model of Inclusive Theatre is based in the belief that everyone can flourish when everyone is included. Our no-audition policy empowers all of our Players to contribute their ideas and creativity as they collaborate to produce remarkable theatre.

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​PLAYERS (5-7)

Our 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. Our activities focus on encouraging creativity and building confidence as children begin to explore the performing space around them.

The children use their imaginations to delve into all aspects of theatre through playful activities.

This program is the bridge from Adventures from The Shed to Chickenshed Players 2 and as such the children will only perform in front of their families and carers, allowing them to prepare for a wider audience when they move up to the next level

  • Saturday Program | $300 per semester
  • Times: 11:00 - 11:45AM
  • Dates: Jan 22 - Jun 18 (18 workshops)

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​PLAYERS (7-10)

Children of all abilities and backgrounds take part in creating and devising a musical adaptation of the book The Tigon and the Liger to be performed in 14Y Theater. Through theatrical games and creative activities Players help format the characters’ journey, add their ideas to movement and choreography as well learn new songs and some ASL (American Sign Language).

This new adaptation centers on the natural world and we have guest scientists to workshop on a range of related themes such as habitat and endangered species. In addition the children take a trip to the Museum of Natural History as part of their creative journey while developing their characters.

Our methodology fosters inclusion, compassion and kindness and encourages Players to contribute their ideas and creativity--out of which emerges a unique and vibrant theatrical experience. A high Teaching Artist-to-student ratio allows us to facilitate small group projects and establishes the foundations for strong relationships within our theatrical community.

  • Saturday Program | $350 per semester
  • Times: 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Dates: Jan 22 - Jun 18 (18 workshops)

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​PLAYERS (10-13)

Kids of all abilities and backgrounds take part in creating and devising a musical adaptation of the book The Tigon and the Liger to be performed in 14Y Theater. During the first half of the semester Players work on formatting the characters journey, script writing and adding their input into the music and choreography.

This new production centers on the natural world and the risks to our planet and demonstrates how art and science are not only compatible fields but can and often do, enhance each other. Guests scientists will empower our Players to take disciplinary intersection even further to explore how theatre can be a megaphone for science, and how science informs the art we create. Students also visit the Museum of Natural History as part of their character development research.

Led by talented professional Teaching Artists, our no-audition approach in the second half of the semester will be devoted to the rehearsal and production of the newly-devised show whilst continuing discussion about how science and art can influence and inform each other.

  • Saturday Program | $375 per semester
  • Times: 12:30 - 2:00PM
  • Dates: Jan 22 - Jun 18 (18 workshops)

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​CP 4 (13-17+)

Teens of all abilities and backgrounds bring their individual creativity and strengths to devise an musical adaptation of the book The Tigon and the Liger to be performed in 14Y Theater. During the first half of the semester Players work on formatting the characters journey, script writing and creating and adapting the music and choreography.

Using the original characters from the book as a jumping off point, this new production centers on the natural world and the risks to our planet and Players will work with the author to explore the severity and importance of extinction as they incorporate their ideas into the script. Guest scientists will workshop such concepts as biological diversity and endangered species and a trip to the Museum of Natural History will further aid their script development research.

The second half of the semester is devoted to rehearsal and production of the newly-devised show whilst the scientific exploration continues with discussions about how science and art can influence and inform each other, how scientific methodology applies in the performing arts, and what careers in both arts and sciences might have in common.

  • Saturday Program | $375 per semester
  • Times: 12:30 - 2:00PM
  • Dates: Jan 22 - Jun 18 (18 workshops)

Register now