Artistic Programs

Chickenshed NYC is an inclusive theatre company for children and young people, whose mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre by fostering inclusion and integration that 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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​CHICKENSHED PLAYERS 1 (AGES 5-7)

Children dive into all aspects of theatre making through playful games and activities that fuel their imagination and help them explore the magical world of performance. Under the guidance and support of professional Theatrical Practitioners young Players have fun with games, singing, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and basic American Sign Language in these dynamic workshops.

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 | $220 per semester prorated at the time of joining
Times: 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Dates: Sept 17 - Dec 10
Tuesday Program | $220 per semester prorated at the time of joining
Times: 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Dates: Sept 20 - Dec 13

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CHICKENSHED ​PLAYERS 2 (AGES 7-10)

This semester children will be rehearsing for the new musical Ever After, based on a selection of Grimm fairytales set against the beautiful backdrop of Central Park. Unlike other theatre companies, our high Theatre Practitioner to Player ratio allows us to facilitate small groups, establishing foundations for strong relationships within our theatrical community. In this setting, children regularly showcase their theatrical activities in front of each other in preparation of performing in front of a large audience. This builds their confidence so that they are ready to perform to a wider audience at show time.

In addition, we invite a guest scientist to workshop with the Players on themes related to the upcoming show which inspires and fuels the children to add their creativity and ideas as part of the rehearsal process.

Saturday Program | $260 per semester
Times: 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Dates: Sept 17 - Dec 10
Tuesday Program | $260 per semester
Times: 4:50 - 6:00 PM
Dates: Sept 20 - Dec 13

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CHICKENSHED ​PLAYERS (AGES 10-13)

This Fall Players rehearse the new musical Ever After, based on some of Grimms most famous fairytales set against the backdrop of New York's much loved Central Park. Our no-audition approach ensures everyone can enjoy the experience of being part of a theatrical production without the competitiveness of an audition process. During rehearsals the Players have the opportunity to showcase their ideas and talents in front of each other as they lead up to the show. Our inclusive methodology, fostering kindness and inclusion, empowers everyone to succeed and flourish on their own terms that result in original outstanding performances,

A guest scientist will workshop with the Players on themes related to the upcoming show. This visit encourages the kids to voice their thoughts and add ideas during the rehearsals.

Saturday Program | $320 per semester
Times: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Dates: Sept 17 - Dec 17

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​CHICKENSHED PLAYERS 4 (AGES 13-17+)

Players rehearse Ever After to be performed in the 14Y Theater in December. Unlike other theatre companies older Players may have the opportunity to act as group leaders and mentors as well during the semester whilst rehearsing within their own program, layering on and deepening our theatrical community.

A guest scientist will workshop with the Players on themes related to the upcoming show. This visit support everyone by adding knowledge and depth to the work being rehearsed as they prepare to perform.

Saturday Program | $320 per semester
Times: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Dates: Sept 17 - Dec 17

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