Whether applied to the artistry on the stages of Lincoln Center Theater or to in-class learning, Open Stages unlocks the power of theater to ignite the imagination.
All season long, thousands of New York City public high school students take their rightful places in our audience. For some students, Open Stages means a first visit to the theater and to Lincoln Center. Both the students and the theater are transformed.
Open Stages stands for excellent theater and first-rate education.
Open Stages is hands-on
In Open Stages, students and teachers use theater to enhance their powers of critical thinking and creative expression, and to celebrate the human spirit.
Open Stages is creative teaching
Teachers receive professional development to use theater to deepen student engagement and promote collaborative learning.
Open Stages is a partner with New York City's public schools
Our High School Program operates at no cost to schools. In our extended in-school residencies with teaching artists, schools participate at fees that are highly subsidized by our program supporters. Open Stages nurtures deep partnerships with schools that lack the resources to sustain specialized arts programming.
For more information, please call Kati Koerner, Hiltz Director of Education, at 212.501.3247 or send her an email.
In Lincoln Center Theater’s Songwriting in the Schools Program, NYC public middle and high school students work in their classrooms with professional lyricists and composers and write their own musical theater songs. Each year, representative student-written songs are performed by Broadway professionals at Lincoln Center. This video captures the excitement of our 10th annual concert of student-written songs that took place in June 2017.