Original Mainstage Productions: TADA!'s original musical theater productions are commissioned by the artistic director specifically for performance by the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble. These productions employ professional theater artists who work with a multi-ethnic cast of NYC children. Each year three productions run for approximately 35 performances. Performances are held at TADA!'s Off-Broadway theater on 28th Street, just north of the Flatiron district and south of Herald Square.
The TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble: At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free, pre-professional theater training and youth development program for more than 65 children aged 8-18 who come from across the metro area. Membership into the Ensemble is by audition only, and members perform in mainstage productions and at special events throughout NYC. However, the program doesn't end there! Youth development activities range from transportation subsidies to small group mentoring with TADA! staff, to college preparation and tours to free snacks during rehearsals.
Arts Education Programs: Each year over 35,000 kids and 300 teachers are trained in or exposed to musical theater, drama and playwriting through more than 90 In-School and After-School Programs in schools and community centers. TADA! also offers classes and week-long camps at our site, and 25-30% of all students receive need-based scholarships.
Support: Thousands of individuals, corporations, government agencies, politicians, Board members, and private and family foundations make it possible for TADA! to offer its theater programs for kids. All of TADA!'s programs are subsidized by government, public and private funders. Click here for more information on how you can help.
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