Support TDF School Programs

Changing lives... one matinee at a time.

TDF School Programs introduce the performing arts to public middle and high school students at no cost to participants. Before the pandemic, we brought 11,000 students and their teachers to in-person performances annually. When schools and theatres closed in spring 2020, TDF quickly pivoted to virtual programming, providing online arts education to 6,870 students at 85 middle and high schools.

In fall 2021, through virtual programming and in-class education work, TDF reached more than 2,800 students in 34 schools throughout the New York tri-state area. In October 2021, TDF hosted its first in-person student outing in more than 18 months: an outdoor performance of A Skate Play in Brooklyn's Golconda Skate Park.

This spring, TDF has brought almost 2,000 students back to in-person shows through our School Programs, including a milestone Introduction to Theatre outing to Disney on Broadway's The Lion King. That marked TDF's first full house of students at a Broadway show since 2020!

TDF also brings in-depth lessons and curricula into 125 middle and high school classrooms for free. Through TDF School Programs, students find their voice, develop a sense of self and increase their desire to learn—not only about theatre, but about life itself.

Help TDF bring the power of live performance to the next generation today.


To donate by check, please make it payable to TDF and mail to:
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 801
New York, NY 10018
Attn: Development

For additional information about giving to TDF, please call (212) 912-9770 ext. *384 or email

About TDF School Programs

Introduction to Theatre
For more than two decades, TDF's Introduction to Theatre has provided nearly 100,000 middle and high school students with a meaningful welcome to live performance. We connect thousands of students annually in more than 100 New York tri-state-area schools with workshops, artists and in-person shows.

Wendy Wasserstein Project
In 1998, Wendy Wasserstein and TDF wanted to see if theatre was relevant to young people. In one season, we took eight high school students to see six shows, each followed by pizza and passionate conversation. Today, that experiment has blossomed into 24 mentorships as top theatre professionals share their time and expertise with students throughout the five boroughs.

Young Playwrights
TDF's Young Playwrights programs for middle and high school students light the spark for budding storytellers. Each year, more than 700 students explore live performance as they craft original works that are shared as staged readings Off Broadway.

Introduction to Dance
Every year, TDF's Introduction to Dance brings more than 180 students to see performances by world-renowned dance companies. Professional dancers and choreographers lead workshops to help students explore the artistry and aesthetics of the troupes they see on stage.

“I learned things this year that changed me. I learned that bonds between people are important, that you can learn and grow from mistakes, and that I am passionate about theatre. I learned so much about myself and about life in general. TDF was the catalyst for that.”    

— Darryan V., student at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, Brooklyn

“TDF has helped reawaken a side that my students had left behind because they had to grow up too soon.”

— Natalie Velazquez, teacher at Harvey Milk High School