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Theatre is for everyone. This is where we start.

Every year, we connect 10,000 students in 150 NYC-area schools to workshops, artists and live performances for free.


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Since 1996, TDF's Introduction to Theatre program has given more than 150,000 middle and high school students a meaningful welcome to the performing arts. Every year, we connect 10,000 students in 150 schools throughout the tristate area to workshops, artists and live performances, and we do it all for free.

By the numbers: 10,300 students, 157 schools, 207 teachers, 400 classrooms, 3,000+ individual workshops.


Introduction to Dance

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

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

How can my school participate? Both programs are currently full. To be added to our waitlist, please email for Introduction to Theatre and for Introduction to Dance. 

TDF wishes to thank Con Edison for its support of Introduction to Theatre.