Who We Serve

In schools, homeless shelters, libraries, and community centers throughout NYC and beyond, New York City Children’s Theater fosters creative, independent, and empathetic minds with accessible professional productions, audience engagement activities, online programming and classes, and arts-in-education programs.

New York City Children’s Theater has cultivated over 400,000 empathetic, creative and independent thinkers over the past 25 years. We’ve premiered 32 new works that have entertained family audience members and have 5 education programs that have served students in elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.

Theater Programming

NYCCT is one of the only theaters dedicated to solely producing quality new work for young audiences, premiering 32 new works since our inception. In the past 8 years, our productions have reached over 33,000 audience members.

Laurie Berkner's Pillowland - NYC Children's Theater Show

Send a Kid to Theater and Send a Family to Theater Access Initiatives

Over 15,000 children and over 300 families participated in our theater access initiatives, which ensure low-income families and students in Title I schools can enjoy NYCCT shows at no cost to themselves.

Audience members and counting have attended productions in the past 8 years


17,956 General Audience attendees


15,238 Access Initiative attendees

Education Programming

Our award-winning residency program, anti-bullying workshops, and multi-sensory musical serve over 5,000 students per year in all 5 boroughs of New York City! Here are some of our exciting achievements over the last 8 years.

Literature at Play for Students with Disabilities - Teacher high-fiving student - NYC Children's Theater

Children Reached

Over 100,000 children were served by one or more of our education programs.

Facilities Served

Our programs have been held at 550 elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.

Teaching Artist Jobs Yearly

NYCCT provides jobs for about 40 Teaching Artists per year on average to lead our residency programs, anti-bullying workshops, and multi-sensory musical.

Our Students

Our work reaches the children who need it most, helping to bridge gaps in access, education and development.



of schools served are Title 1 and serve low income families


of audiences are students of color


of students have disabilities or emotional disturbance


are English Language Learners

Our Impact

Our education programs support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks


22,000+ children developed a deeper love for literacy and creativity in just five years.

19,000 children have been challenged to actively engage in what it means to stand up to bullying.

5,000+ children in transitional housing and homeless shelters have had someone there after school to keep them company and remind them the joys of reading.

350+ multi-sensory performances of our show, FIVE, aimed towards children with disabilities and the very young have been provided to various classrooms.


of school partners ask us to return the following year


ask us to return for 3 years or more

Online Programming

NYCCT doesn’t just cultivate creativity at school and the theater. Creative Clubhouse is an at home program designed to help young people develop their critical thinking, empathetic problem solving, and social growth even if they can’t join one of our in person events.

nycct teaching artist bekah leads a creative clubhouse stories read aloud video

NYCCT Teaching Artist Bekah leads a Creative Clubhouse Stories read aloud.

Families reached in one year through Creative Clubhouse shows and activities

a young audience member and her fox mask

Art project made by a young fan based on the NYCCT production This is Sadie.

Views of our top interactive Creative Clubhouse activity videos

an under the sea themed craft

Arts and craft project from Creative Clubhouse Activities.

Grown-ups helped to start nuanced conversations with children around big topics

nycct teaching artist caitlyn in start the conversation re emerging in the time of covid 19

NYCCT Teaching Artist Caitlyn leads Start the Conversation: Re-Emerging in the Time of COVID-19.

Annual Reports

Learn more about the impact our work has on our community in our Annual Reports.

new york city childrens theater annual report 2022 cover

New York City Children’s Theater’s 2022 Annual Report

New York City Children's Theater annual report 2021 cover

New York City Children’s Theater’s 2021 Annual Report

New York City Children's Theater annual report 2020 cover

New York City Children’s Theater’s 2020 Annual Report

Your Support is Critical

Your donation, your word of mouth, and even your kind thoughts help move our mission forward. We are grateful for your interest and your understanding. Join our efforts, because we have the how, and we know you can see the why.

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