¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! Program

Thank you for joining us at NYCCT's ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! Learn more about the cast and creative team, explore activities for the whole family, see what's coming up next at NYCCT, and more!

A Note from Sammy Lopez

Dear Friends, Creating this show, inspired by my real-life Abuelita, is not only a dream come true—but it’s an opportunity to share with our youngest audiences the power of community. I’ve brought so much love and joy to the development of this story that offers audiences the chance to see culture uplifted in an interactive theatre environment. I cannot wait to bring the show to the families at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NY Botanical Garden, Staten Island Children’s Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Queens Museum. Sammy Lopez Resident Director, New York City Children’s Theater Creator ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

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Below are downloadable activity sheets for the whole family to enjoy!

Design a Sign! 

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Create a Gram Gram! 

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Write About Your Borough

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Meet the Team

Meet the incredible cast and creative team that is bringing NYCCT’s ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! to life!

Eve – Junior Producer

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Eve made her theatrical debut in the off- off Broadway production of “All About Eve.” Family critics were unanimous in their praise. She regularly channels her emotions into Oscar worthy performances. Eve loves music, dancing and learning about the theatre and hopes to continue her career supporting young thespians.

MJ – Junior Producer

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At just 3.5 years old, MJ King is already charming crowds with his style, wit, smile and comedic expressions. He loves to scribble; his favorite medium is crayon; and he hasn’t met a bulldozer he doesn’t like. When not busy with homework from Pre-K3, MJ enjoys reading bilingual books, a good cartoon, and eating pizza with his family. He’s a natural born performer whose daily theatrics and musings are deserving of a Tony, Emmy or Oscar as voted by his favorite critics ~ Mama and Papa!

Amaira – Junior Producer

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Amaira is 4 years old and loves to dress up and play make believe characters from all her favorite shows and movies.


Erika Garcia

Erika Garcia

Position - Martha

Erika Garcia (she/her) is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting and is thrilled to be making her New York City theater debut. Read More…

Jasmine Maldonado

Jasmine Maldonado

Position - Abuelita

Jasmine Maldonado (she/her) is thrilled to join NYCCT to share ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! with all five boroughs of Nueva York. Thank you to the NYCCT production team and cast for the beautiful opportunity to create such a meaningful story. Read More…

Maria Victoria Polanco

Maria Victoria Polanco

Position - Emily

Maria Victoria Polanco (she/her) is a Bronx Native and graduate of the Syracuse University Drama program! She is delighted to be a part of bringing this story to the youth of her home city! Read More…

Talia Ruiz

Talia Ruiz

Position - Swing/Community Guide

Talia (she/her) is so excited to do her first show at NYCCT! She is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Master in Musical Theater. Read More…

Creative Team

Adeline Santello

Adeline Santello

Position - Assistant Costume Designer

Adeline Santello (she/her) is a recent graduate of Syracuse University and is currently working as a costume design assistant at The Juilliard School. Read More…

Brooke Singer

Brooke Singer

Position - Props Consultant

Brooke Singer is a Houston Native based in NYC and is sometimes referred to as a half kid/ half adult. An artist in many forms, Brooke has a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCPA at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Read More…

Carmen Maria Martinez

Carmen Maria Martinez

Position - Costume Designer

Carmen M. Martinez is a costume and set designer splitting her time between NYC and Syracuse, NY. She lives with her wiener dog Clementina, loves fresh flowers, and knit sweaters. Read More…

Frank Ruiz

Frank Ruiz

Position - Assistant Director

Frank Ruiz (He/Him) is a proud first-generation Nicaraguan artist and educator, currently serving as the Education Coordinator for New York City Children's Theater. Read More…

Krystal Brenes

Krystal Brenes

Position - Production Stage Manager

Krystal T. Brenes (she/her/ella) is a Native New Yorker from Washington Heights of Latine and Italian descent. She has been involved in the performing arts since the age of three. Read More…

Sammy Lopez

Sammy Lopez

Position - Writer and Director

Sammy Lopez (he/him) is a curious theatre-maker dedicated to uplifting historically excluded voices & stories through the arts. Read More…

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The set and props for ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! were created in partnership with Children’s Museum of the Arts! Children’s Museum of the Arts unites children and artists to create and share ambitious works of art with their communities. Since 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts has been changing the way people value our youngest artists and their aesthetic contributions to the world. By taking our programs directly into schools, CBOs, galleries, and public spaces, we continue to challenge and expand what a museum is. All 100% free. Thank you to all of the young artists who contributed their artistic talents to our show.  
  • Alessandra C., age 7
  • Alessia Y., age 4.5
  • Alexander Y., age 5
  • Anabella C., age 3
  • Autumn B., age 6
  • Cecilia F., age 5
  • Chaehee S., age 6
  • Charlie S., age 8
  • Emma B, age 11
  • Eric P., age 4
  • Ferdinand S., age 3
  • Fulton M., 9
  • Ithan M., age 6
  • Jiwoo G., age 9
  • Jorie M., age 9
  • Joshua D., age 10
  • Josie K., age 4
  • Julia G. B., age 7
  • Julian S., age 4
  • Louie D., age 7
  • Luka S., age 9
  • Marlow M., age 4
  • Maya A., age 8
  • Maya D., age 8
  • Nikita S., age 6
  • Paul V., age 5.5
  • Poppy M., age 7
  • Quincey P., age 4
  • Riley H., age 4
  • Roman S., age 11
  • Sarah G. B., age 7
  • Sloane G., age 5
  • Solomon S., age 7
  • Sophie T., age 6
  • Victoria T., age 7
  • Yuug P., age 7

Special Thanks

New York City Children’s Theater and the creative team of ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! would like to thank Carrington Spires, Chris Hlinka, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Christy Briggs, Emma Waldman, Fisher Center, JT Baldassare, Matt Rodin, Park Prep Academy, Sam Yabrow, Tommy McKiernan, and all of the actors and musicians who contributed their time and talent to developmental readings and workshops of this piece.

The cast of ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! would like to thank:

Jasmine Maldonado: My own “Abuelita” Gloria (Maldonado)

Talia Ruiz: Mi familia and mis amigas for being the best latinx community this chicana could ask for!

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¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Our Partners

NYCCT is excited to bring ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! to iconic NYC institutions in all five boroughs!

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Inspired by the energy and diversity of our borough, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning.
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The New York Botanical Garden is a living museum, an educational institution, and a plant research and conservation organization.
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The Staten Island Children’s Museum is this New York City borough’s premier children’s learning and activity destination. It is located on the beautiful and historic grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The Museum’s mission is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun. The Museum is committed to achieving these goals through programming that emphasizes direct and authentic hands-on experiences conducted in a welcoming and pleasing environment. It encourages participation by visitors of all abilities and endeavors to reach beyond its walls to serve as an educational resource for the members of its diverse community, especially families and schools.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.
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The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park presents contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City.

Coming Up at NYCCT

See what’s happening this season at New York City Children’s Theater!

My First Nutcracker Title
You’re invited to Clara-Marie’s holiday party! Join Clara-Marie and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king in this interactive holiday classic reimagined for your youngest theatergoers! 45 minutes | Best for 3-8, but fun for the whole family! Playing December 2nd – 21st, 2023 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, NYC)
Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who longs to be a real kid. Pinocchio leaves Papa Gepp’s workshop and causes havoc everywhere! On Pinocchio’s journey, they meet a cast of colorful characters like a sneaky fox, a crafty cat, and a giant fish! With the help of Lady Blue, a wise cricket, and you, will Pinocchio make smart decisions and become a real kid? 50 minutes | Best for 4-8, but fun for the whole family! Playing March 23rd – April 14, 2024 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, NYC)

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