ATG Students "Act Out"
Newsletter #43: January - March 2016
Pro Actor Taylor Valentine Teaches Drama 
And Life Skills, Too
Taylor Valentine (far right) works with students during a spring 2015 rehearsal. Photo Credit: Kayla Prestel
Now in his third year of leading our Audition Prep and Drama programs at the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation's Community Learning Center in Brooklyn, Taylor Valentine uses theatre to teach vital skills such as collaboration, focus, and commitment to students in grades 6-8. Taylor says "To be honest, this program is not just about performing. These kids don't really have extra-curricular guidance that puts their minds and creativity to the test, what we do is get them interested in something outside of their everyday activities, and in the process I teach the value of concentration, focus, energy and commitment." Join us on Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. as Taylor and his students present a full-length adaptation of Once On This Island in the IS 171 Auditorium in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.

ATG Theatre Students Learn to Love Shakespeare at Elysian Charter School  

Elysian students celebrate after their successful performances!
Photo Credit: Candace Clift
ATG students in Hoboken, NJ got their first taste of Shakespeare this winter, performing A Midsummer Night's Dream under the direction of Teaching Artist Candace Clift. The young actors were excited to explore the Bard's poetry and humor, eagerly bringing the once-unfamiliar language to life for audiences in three performances at the nearby Mile Square Theatre. Read on to learn how Candace helped these middle schools students find a friend in Shakespeare.

ATG Students Spring Into A New Semester
ATG students show off their handiwork in our Visual Arts program in partnership with Hope for Us in the Bronx. Photo Credit: Catt Melendez

This spring we're offering four in-depth arts programs to students at three program sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
  • Our full-year Musical Theatre program for students in grades 6-8 is continuing this spring  at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation's Community Learning Center in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Theatre TA Taylor Valentine and Dance TA Victorius Remak are leading our cast of young actors in presenting an original adaptation of Once on This Island.
  • Our full-year Theatre Arts program for Bronx students in grades 6-8 is running at In-Tech Academy with TA Natalie Jones. Students will present Hairspray Jr. in partnership with Riverdale Neighborhood House and Broadway Jr.
  • Our full-year Dance program for students in grades 6-8 is running at In-Tech Academy in the Bronx with Teaching Artist Antoine Judkins, in partnership with Riverdale Neighborhood House.
  • Our full-year Visual Arts program for students age 7-11 is running at Hope for Us in the Bronx. This program is designed to be inclusive of youth living with sickle cell disease.

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