Introduction to Theatre

Ignite the spark for young storytellers.
TDF Young Playwrights is a series of sequential playwriting programs for middle and high school students.


The TDF Young Playwrights’ Residency is a year-long collaboration between TDF and schools. Together we explore live performance as students craft original works that are shared as staged readings Off Broadway.

By the numbers: 700 students, 10 schools, 15 teachers, 27 classrooms, 646 individual workshops


The TDF Young Playwrights’ Summer program is a two-week playwriting intensive that is open to tri-state area high school students. We welcome those with a curiosity about playwriting to apply.

By the numbers: 12-15 students, 2 weeks of master classes


The TDF Young Playwrights’ Group is a year-long afterschool playwriting workshop for high school students who have been a part of the residency or summer programs. The group meets weekly to write, see and experience playwriting. Their work is showcased each June with professional actors in an Off Broadway theatre.

By the numbers: 12-15 student members, 24 individual workshops

Select Group members’ plays go on to be workshopped with a professional creative team and presented at an Off Broadway theatre.

Stage Doors 2014-HD from Theatre Development Fund (tdf) on Vimeo.

Introduction to Dance

Introduction to Dance gives students the opportunity to see live dance and attend an after-school workshop led by teaching artists who are professional dancers and choreographers. 


By the numbers: 180 students, 6 schools, 6 teachers

How can my school participate?

The Introduction to Theatre and Dance programs are offered at no cost to middle and high schools within the tri-state area.
Applications for the program are closed.

To contact us, email and, or call 212.912.9770, ext. *331.

How Can My School Participate?

How Can My School Participate?