Here is a list of the schools that Child’s Play NY currently offers after-school programming:
Avenues | Berkeley Carroll | Bija Kids | Congregation Beth Elohim | Temple Israel ECLC East Village Community School | Friends Seminary | My Little School Nightingale Bamford | Packer Collegiate | PS10 | PS29 | PS39 | PS58 PS154 | PS 261 | Williamsburg Northside
Connect directly with your after-school coordinator for details on schedule and registration. If you do not see your child’s school on the list, please feel free to contact us and we can connect directly with your co-ordinator about a partnership.
All Mini Musical, Adventure Series, and Imagine That sessions are staffed with two teaching artists. These classes are capped at 12 children.
Production classes are capped at 13 children.
In a classical production, teaching artists include:
• Assistant Director/Movement Director
• Stage Manager
Teaching artists in a Musical Production class include:
• Assistant Director/Choreographer
• Stage Manager
• Music Director
If you are curious about the production classes, we encourage you to come see a performance at the end of a semester. Check our website to see our shows listed and reserve $5 tickets. Performances are in December, January, May and June.
We encourage risk-taking in the rehearsal room. Therefore the process is protected, so that new faces aren’t watching and making the students self-conscious until they are ready for an audience.
These classes do tend to fill up and priority registration goes to current students. Registration opens November 1 for the winter session and May 15 for fall sessions.
Child’s Play NY reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled up to two weeks before the session starts. If this happens, you will be refunded in full for the cancelled session. Child’s Play NY also reserves the right to modify classes and staff as necessary in its sole discretion.
Child’s Play NY follows DOE school closure procedures, and therefore may delay opening or cancel classes due to inclement weather. We will notify class participants via text, phone and/or email at the earliest convenience. A make-up class will be granted if this should occur.
For Production Classes (Musical Players, Shakespeare Players, Middle School + High School Ensembles):
Child’s Play NY will give a full refund of paid tuition if cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to the first class. If a refund is requested within 3 weeks prior to the start of the first class or after class has begun, no refund will be given.
For In-Home Classes:
Child’s Play NY will give a full refund of paid tuition if cancelled up to 1 week prior to the first class. If a refund is requested within 1 week prior to the start of the first class, Child’s Play NY will refund 50% of the tuition. 25% will be refunded if cancellation is requested after the second class, and no refund will be granted after the third class.
If your child is enrolled for a class through their school, please contact your after school coordinator directly.
Much thought goes into casting and all of the teaching artists of a given session are involved in decisions. We find the audition process is stressful for the children and not conducive to team-building. Therefore, roles are assigned after the first day once the teachers have gotten to know the students through games, improvisations, text and, if appropriate, music work.
Age and experience of the students are taken into account, but we also look to challenge actors and work to stretch them to experience new characters that they might not normally play. Plays are selected with the ensemble in mind, and great effort is made to ensure the company knows that they are to work together as a team. There are no “stars” or “leads,” but nor are all parts created equally. When a student has fewer lines, we do our best to give them more stage time and/or be featured in musical numbers to balance it out.
We do ask parents to help manage any expectations, as the spirit of the ensemble relies heavily on all kids being on board and trusting/enjoying the process.
For our Production Classes (including Musical Players, Shakespeare Players, Middle School Ensemble and High School Ensemble) our designer works with the children to provide special costumes. This helps them inhabit their character and takes the production to the next level. We ask that the students come in a “base costume” on which we can then layer pieces.
For our Mini Musical classes, as students are devising their own play, we encourage them to wear clothing from home on the last day for the sharing that helps them feel like their character.
Students in privately enrolled in-home classes are welcome to wear and bring costume pieces from home throughout their session.
Here’s a handy document to support support your child at home with practicing their lines.
We handle after-school pick-up on a case-by-case basis. Typically, we pick up at PS8 and St Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights for our Musical Players classes. If there are 3 or more children coming from another school we can likely accommodate a pick-up for an extra fee. Contact for more information.
We will never cancel a class due to a teacher’s absence. Our classes are staffed by two professional actors with years of classroom experience. Given that they are working professionals, an occasion may arise where they need to miss a class. In the event that one of the instructors is out, another gifted teacher from the Child’s Play NY team will sub in for them. In this way, kids get exposure to working with more of our teachers, and we retain a teacher-base that is vibrantly plugged into the New York theater, film and television scene. We love that our teachers are real working actors and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding if a sub for one of the teachers is in the room on a given week.