Over the past couple of decades we’ve witnessed the steady decline of arts programs in our schools. And that decline has accelerated and become more acceptable during times of economic downturn. The Arts have become something that is an addition to but not an integral part of a student’s education. We believe there is a direct correlation to this decline and to the rise of school violence, drop out rates, lower educational performance, and even the aggressive increase in ADHD cases.
New Rites hopes to continue working with the students on the Louis Brandeis Campus. We not only believe that the immediate and continual access to the Arts makes for better artists, but it also makes for better students and human beings.
October – December 2012
The third installment of Theatre East’s Educational Program NEW RITES COLLECTIVE culminated in an evening of 10 minute plays centered around the relationships we share, and the experience and magic found therein.
10 students from Innovation Diploma Plus, Frank McCourt High School, and Global Learning Collaborative performed alongside 3 professional actors from the New York community.
Participating Teaching Artists: Jessica M. Burgess, Judson Jones, Casey Hayes, Scott O’Brien, Jerome Martin Schwartz and Sean Turner
In These Halls
January – March 2011
The second installment of Theatre East’s Educational Program NEW RITES COLLECTIVE focused on empowering the students’ voices through playwriting. Led by Playwright Raquel Almazan, 16 students created their own work that was then performed with the help of professional actors from the New York community.
Participating Teaching Artists: Raquel Almazan, Judson Jones, Jeremy Stuart, Daryl Wendy Strauss, and Sean Turner
Voices of Conflict
June – July 2009
The first annual program was held at Innovation Diploma High School on the Louis D. Brandeis Education Campus in Manhattan. The program incorporated play writing, dance, sculpture, Japanese Butoh, movement, Shakespeare, mask work, painting, and video and sound design along with mentoring and counseling.
After three weeks of preparation, 22 students along with 8 professional actors presented the
multidisciplinary performance Voices of Conflict.
Participating Teaching Artists: Raquel Almazan, Morgan Baker, Jesse Phillips Fein, Vangeline France, William Franke,
Andy Goldberg, Judson Jones, Helen Merino, Scott O’Brien, Katy Rubin, John Michael Scott, Douglas Sheppard,
Daryl Wendy Strauss and Sean Turner