Baldwin experience will bring the arts to all participants
by melding professional actors with teens in Broadway style
productions. Baldwin Theatre provides the opportunity for
teens to work side by side with professional actors and
receive training for the stage.
The Baldwin Theatre is a registered not-for-profit
organization established in 1985 to fill a gap we felt existed
in the theatre of New York City. Hundreds of theatres existed
for specific purposes – to find new material, provide
work for actors, supply venues for repertory companies –
but few were considering the dedicated youth, tomorrow’s
creators. The Baldwin Theatre does.
Baldwin Theatre mounts new works by new
playwrights. Working in conjunction with the professional
season is The Youth Program - a free program of classes
and technical training for selected high school students.
During its four year tenure, the theatre
has produced eight plays including Nunsense, Life on The
Third Rail, and Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical;
worked with directors Tony Tanner and Mark York; and enjoyed
the work of Ernestine Jackson, Len Cariou, and Danny Goggin.
The apprentice program has had the support
of the Board of Education, Materials for The Arts, and Bell
Telephone. These contributions meant any student within
the five boroughs could audition and receive academic credit
at their school. Over 250 students auditioned the first
year, and 32 are selected each year based on their perceived
talent and dedication to the theatre. The program provides
Saturday workshops in Acting, Voice, Dance, and Speech as
well as training in all aspects of theatre production: backstage,
publicity, house, and box office assignments during the
season. The season ends with the annual apprentice show,
an outstanding original musical.
This year we shall be working with students
in Nairobi, Kenya. We shall keep you posted on our progress,
so keep checking our website.