The Shubert Foundation Theater Initiatives:

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


Produce A Broadway Musical in your Middle School!
Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program

The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior program is a significantly funded  opportunity to strengthen the arts in your school through musical theater. This dynamic program supports NYC public middle schools as they produce, rehearse and perform a one hour musical in Winter/Spring of 2015.

Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior, a partnership among the Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International (MTI) and the NYC Department of Education, provides up to $10,500 in services and resources to engage schools in the process of creating a sustainable theater program and developing creative life-long learners.

Click here to watch a short film showcasing the Broadway Junior Program in action.

Broadway Junior Documentary from NYCDOE OASP on Vimeo.

The goals of the Broadway Junior Program are to:

  • Support middle schools to develop sustainable quality arts education programs
  • Engage students in the joyful process of creating musical theater (rehearsal, design, and performance)
  • Foster a strong educational community as students, teachers, staff, and families all “play a role”
  • Encourage the connection of arts programming to curriculum study in all content areas

The program provides schools with a professional teaching artist to advise and assist teachers and students throughout the process of producing their musical. Schools also receive:

  • Significant funding to subsidize teacher per session costs
  • Professional development workshops for teachers
  • Resources including the Broadway Junior Showkit (see application)
  • The unique opportunity for students to perform in a city-wide theater event
  • Student discount tickets to a Broadway show

Application deadline is Thursday, October 16, 2014.
Click here to download the 2014-2015 program information and application form.

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.

Shubert Theater Arts Partnership PRogram

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.

Please check back in October for information about how to apply for the 2014-15 Shubert Theater Arts Partnership Program.


New York City Department of EducationOffice of Arts and Special Projects • 52 Chambers St, Rm 210, NY, NY 10007 • 212-374-0300 • Fax: 212-374-5598

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