The Shubert Foundation Theater Initiatives:

Shubert Theater Arts Partnership Program
Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program


Shubert Theater Arts Partnership PRogram

APPLY NOW! DEadline NOvember 22, 2013.

The Shubert Theater Arts Partnership program is a fully-funded theater arts partnership program for elementary and middle schools to provide authentic student learning in the arts, build towards student performances and devise a strategic plan to sustain the theater program beyond the life of the grant. Drawing upon the generosity of the Shubert Foundation and expertise of ArtsConnection, the Arts Office provides schools with complimentary direct student services, professional development and planning support in the amount of $10,300. Schools commit to supporting the residency during their first year of participation as well as matching the reduced private funding in their second year ($5,150) in an effort towards building sustainable arts education programming.

This program serves as a(n):

- PARTNERSHIP between the classroom teachers and an ArtsConnection Teaching Artist for school-day instruction in Theater Arts integrated in an existing classroom

- OPPORTUNITY for the school administration and arts team to strategize towards developing a sustainable arts education model including the planning, implementing and evaluating of a high-quality theater program with ArtsConnection, a cultural organization; and

- CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT for students to experience active, hands-on learning that will challenge them to learn aspects of Theater Arts such as acting or playwriting, take risks, solve creative problems, work together in an ensemble and discover new ways to express themselves.

To apply for the 2014 program, please complete the application form and submit it to the Arts Office by November 22, 2013 at, attention: SHUBERT TAP.

Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program

The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program is a subsidized, dynamic musical theater education program for NYC public middle school students, teachers and their school communities.
The program and funding enables middle schools in need of arts support to build arts education capacity through its significant funding ($10,500 in services and resources) and clear structure.

Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior, now in its 9th year, is a partnership among the Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International (MTI) and the NYC Department of Education engaging schools in the artistic process of musical theater and developing creative life-long learning skills..

The goals of the Broadway Junior Program are to:

  • Assist middle schools in developing quality arts education programs
  • Build capacity of school administrators and faculty to support student performances and productions and make a multi-year commitment to sustaining arts programs in schools
  • Engage as many students as possible in all aspects of musical theater (rehearsal, design and performance)
  • Foster a strong community through the arts that includes students, faculty, parents and the community at large
  • Encourage the connection of arts programming to curriculum study in all content areas.

The program provides schools with a professional teaching artist serving as a production advisor to assist teachers and students in the rehearsal, production and performance of a musical. Schools also receive:

  • Professional development workshops for teachers
  • Resources, including the Broadway Junior Showkit
  • The unique opportunity for students to perform in a city-wide theater event on a Broadway stage
  • Free or discounted tickets to a Broadway show

Note: 2013-14 program applicants are currently under review. All applicants will be notified of their status in early December 2013. Click here to download the Program Overview that accompanied the application.

View Broadway Junior Documentary!
Click here to download a short film showcasing the Broadway Junior Program in action.
The film captures how the program impacts the entire school community beyond even the participating teachers and students.

Click below to download a report or case study about this program:
June 2009 case study (PDF)
November 2009 report (PDF)

Contact Peter Avery at with any questions.


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