Video Village

Throughout the month of October, the Video Village program will celebrate its launch by offering free film-centric workshops that celebrate community, artistry and civic-engagement.

Kicked off by the Fall Film Fest on October 8, families can participate in a new range of experiences that put kids in front of and behind the camera. The film festival and the accompanying workshops that launch Video Village are free to the public with a suggested donation to When We All Vote, whose mission is to increase election participation.

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Acting on Film Workshop

Led by Marchánt Davis

Kids work with Marchánt to develop on-camera acting skills in a playful and purposeful environment. Choose from a selection of monologues that will be shared ahead of time, or bring your own. 

Marchánt’s recent feature film credits include The Day Shall Come and Tuscaloosa, The Great Society (Broadway, Lincoln Center) and Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater). Marchánt has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.  

  • Ages: 8+
  • Dates: 10/14/2020
  • Time: 4:00p-5:15p Wednesday
  • Address: Virtual
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Kids & the Industry

A Q&A with Christina Wright

Check in with Christina Wright as she answers FAQs about kids and the industry. This session is geared for parents of children interested in working professionally. Christina has vast experience in many facets of the business and her advice and perspective are always helpful. Participants have an opportunity to submit questions in advance.

Christina Wright has worked as an agent at Nickelodeon Kids, and as a casting associate on projects such as Greatest Showman, Veep, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

  • Ages: Grown Ups & their Children (All Ages)
  • Dates: 10/17/2020 - 10/17/2020
  • Time: 10:00a-10:45a EST Saturday
  • Address: Virtual
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Commercial Acting & Improv

Led by Anne Troup

Learn the ropes of acting and auditioning for commercials. We’ll use real copy from advertisements and kids will make hilarious versions of their own. Part improv class, part camera-technique, students will come away with more confidence when going in for commercials, and learn about what to expect if this is new to them!

Anne Troup has national commercial campaigns with Geico and Verizon and holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program

  • Ages: 6+
  • Dates: 10/20/2020
  • Time: 4:00p-5:00p Tuesday
  • Address: Virtual
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Child Acting: Cultivating Grit & Optimism

A Conversation with Maxine Wanderer & Jocelyn Greene

How can you strike a balance between being a kid and being an actor? Learn more in this conversation with child-actor, Maxine Wanderer, and Jocelyn Greene as they talk about the flexibility and resilience needed to be “on call” for the business. They’ll dive into the way growth-mindset factors into auditioning, and share ways to maintain playfulness and optimism throughout it all. Participants have an opportunity to submit questions in advance.

Maxine Wanderer has been a part of Child’s Play NY classes and productions since she was 4. Now in middle school, her professional credits include The Blacklist, Sylphania Grove and A Cure for Silence

  • Ages: Grown Ups & their Children (All Ages)
  • Dates: 10/24/2020 - 10/24/2020
  • Time: 10:00a-10:45a EST Saturday
  • Address: Virtual
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Screenwriting & Sketches

Led by Brandon Zelman

Brainstorm your characters, draw a story-board…write a scene. In this dynamic writing class, Brandon Zelman leads kids in games and exercises that let creativity flow.

Brandon is a Brooklyn-based actor, comedian and filmmaker. He is a member of Story Pirates, on a house team at UCB and is a founding member of Business Lunch Productions.

  • Ages: 7+
  • Dates: 10/28/2020
  • Time: 5:00p-6:00p Tuesday
  • Address: Virtual
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Fall Film Fest

On October 8th at 6:00, Child’s Play NY screened a 60 minute festival featuring five original films. This represented the collective work of dozens of children, who came together online to create original stories and film them. Guided by the teaching artists from Child’s Play NY, each of these young story-tellers learned skills in screenwriting, on-camera performance and editing that manifested in an original short film.

In lieu of charging admission, Child’s Play NY asked you donate the ticket cost ($10) to When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.
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Interested in making a movie of your own? Learn more about this unique program here.

Run time: 60 minutes


Dark Things in the Daylight – In a boarding school for girls with special skills, an evil force threatens to steal their talents. They rely on teamwork and magic to fight the Dark Things in the Daylight.

Pet Sitting with Fred & George – Brothers, Fred and George, are saving up for a PS5 and are in need of a job. They help out their Grandpa with simple tasks around his mansion until things get out of control…

Shadow of the Elements – On their first day of school, four girls bond over their magical, elemental powers. When the Shadow Queen takes over the campus and turns nature topsy-turvy, it is their job to rescue the principal and restore harmony.

The Story of Sir Craggy – When his parents go on a three week long vacation, their young son, Joe, is left to his own devices… Joe then enters a powerful world of good and evil where we see The Story of Sir Craggy.

The Transportive Train-Traveling Heroes – A regular NY Transit Museum field trip becomes a historical adventure for five girls. When an old train car sends them back in time, they transform history for the better. Hold onto that subway pole and get ready for magic!

  • Dates: 10/08/2020 - 10/08/2020
  • Time: 6:00pm Thursday
  • Address: Virtual
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