Mind the Gap and Youth Artistic Instigators Announce Fall Sessions
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New York, NY – In 2009, NYTW created Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop as a way to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds and generations. Mind the Gap workshops are held twice per season at NYTW, as well as in residence at multiple community partner locations in New York City and beyond. Mind the Gap is a free intergenerational theatre program in which elders [ages 55+] and youth [ages 14-19] interview each other and write or devise short plays inspired by their personal stories.

Mind the Gap’s primary goal is to use theatre as a creative tool to increase empathy and communication between generations. No theatre experience is required to participate in the program. Over the course of ten sessions, participants work in intergenerational pairs to interview each other and write plays inspired by their partner’s personal stories. Each playwriting workshop culminates with an invited work-in-process presentation in which professional actors read participants’ work aloud. NYTW holds sessions of Mind the Gap – Playwriting during the summer and fall.


Mind the Gap is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, October 12–December 21, 2022 (Wednesdays from 4-6 pm ET). Final Play Readings will take place on Monday, December 19, 2022, 4-6:30 pm ET. All sessions will take place at Brooklyn Public Library–Central Library located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. 

For application information, visit our Resource Directory submission page or visit the NYTW website.

This fall, NYTW is also offering Youth Artistic Instigators, a program bringing together high school students from across the greater NYC area to create bold, activist theatre.

This free after-school program meets weekly under the expert guidance of NYTW Teaching Artists. At workshops and rehearsals, the ensemble collaborates to write and perform an original piece of theatre that responds to urgent current events, builds community and advocates for social justice—all while having fun in the process. Youth Artistic Instigators will meet Oct 11, 2022–April 18, 2023, on Tuesdays 4-6 pm ET. The program is held at 70 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003, between Bowery & 2nd Ave. All sessions will take place in-person. 

AUDITION SIGN-UP DEADLINE: Wednesday, Sept 21 at 11:59 pm ET

For more information, visit the NYTW website.