The Broadway League has awarded its coveted New York
Education Grants to the Broadway productions of Manhattan Theater Club's Come Back, Little Sheba, by William Inge, and to Lincoln Center Theater's
production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. Each
production receives a $5,000 grant towards its 2008 educational initiatives.
The grants are important to the growth and development of theatre education in
the city as they encourage theatres to create more opportunities for young
people and to exchange ideas about education.
The League established the New York Education Grants in 2002 to recognize
education initiatives and to support further programs for Broadway shows.
As the national trade organization for the commercial theatre industry,
the League also sponsors a grant program supporting educational programs for
touring Broadway productions. The two programs combined have to date
awarded $670,000 to theatres in New
York and across the country. Both awards were
established by the League's Education Committee and are also generously
supported by Theatre Development Fund.
Come Back, Little Sheba
Students participating in Manhattan Theatre Club's In-School Education Programs
will attend an Education Matinee of Come Back, Little Sheba on March 5,
2008. Working with MTC Teaching Artists, students prepare for the
performance by studying the themes of the show through hands-on and writing
exercises. For many students, the Education Matinee is their first time
attending a Broadway show, as well as their first experience with the
The Family Matinee Series performance for Come Back, Little Sheba will
take place on March 8, 2008; to stimulate intergenerational dialogue, students
are invited to bring a family member, guardian or mentor of their choice to
this event. The student and adult pairs attend a workshop which will aid in
their discovery of the rich themes found in the play which they will attend
In addition to these programs, MTC hosted a Professional Development workshop
on February 2, 2008 to acquaint New
York City public school teachers with MTC Education
Department's pedagogy and to provide theatre-based techniques that can be used
in the classroom.
MTC's Education Program serves students from all five New York City boroughs, with a goal of
providing access to an artistic culture otherwise unavailable. These three
programs for Come Back, Little Sheba will serve 820 students,
teachers and family members.
The Lincoln Center Theater's Open Stages program provides economically
disadvantaged junior high and high school students with an introduction to
theatre by integrating the subjects and themes of a play or musical into
This spring, 1,000 students from 15 New
York City public high schools will attend Lincoln
Center Theater's revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific,
the first Broadway revival of this landmark musical.
To prepare students for their theatre-going experience, teaching artists will
conduct three pre-show workshops in all participating classrooms. Thirty-six
teachers will attend four training sessions at LCT and devise lesson plans for
their students. A study guide will be developed to assist teachers.
The program will teach students about the great American musical art form, as
well as the timely themes of war and racism. Not only will Open Stages
introduce students to live theatre, it will also introduces students to Lincoln Center, as 46 percent of student
participants have never been there.