Introduction to Theatre

Providing Students a Meaningful Introduction to Live Theatre
TDF’s Introduction to Theatre program is a project-based arts education program that provides middle and high school students with a meaningful introduction to live theatre. Each participating class attends a Broadway or Off Broadway performance and participates in eight in-class workshops: four workshops conducted by a professional teaching artist and four conducted by the classroom teacher. The workshops actively engage students in inquiry, creativity and community.

TDF founded Stage Doors in 1995, the program was renamed Introduction to Theatre in 2018. Since then over 110,000 students have been introduced to the exciting world of the performing arts. 

Number of participating students: 10,000
Number of participating schools: 150

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/choreographers. The goal is to not only expand the appreciation of dance but to cultivate life-time dance enthusiasts who can take ownership of what NYC and TDF have to offer.

Number of participating students: 180
Number of participating schools: 6


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?

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