April 2016

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

First of all, THANK YOU for giving our students the opportunity to watch the  “ Gioconda Smile” show. I heard good reviews from our teacher and students.
It surely is a privilege  for our students to be able to see and partake  in the show. This gives them more confidence in their learning process.
Again, our heartfelt thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

Lorna Blancaflor, ymcanyc.org

Miriam and The Monkey's Paw new adaptations for ELL in 2016.

"Fantastic! Yes, they were buzzing about it when they got back. I'm happy they asked so many questions to the characters, and that the actors gave such energized responses." 
Mathew Kennedy, International High School, NYC

"Yesterday performance was enthralling! My advanced ESL students were delighted with every aspect of the experience.  Your concept skillfully bridges the gap among ESL levels of proficiency.  Nestor and the actors remain keenly aware of your audience needs without ever being condescending--no small feat. 

My thanks and congratulations to you and your entire company.  I look forward to subsequent visits with other classes."

Barbara Glauberman Jaccarino

Brooklyn College

American Language Academy

October 2015

The Gioconda Smileby Aldous Huxley


The Lives We Impact

“The play was EXCELLENT! Your actors did their parts well! Your direction and artistry mattered a lot . . . Congratulations. The experience in the theater  opened a new perspective for our ESL students in line with theater and the English language."
Thank you very much . . .

Nerissa Calub,

Teacher Sheepshead Bay High School

“"I am writing to thank you on behalf of my students and myself for the performance of The Picture of Dorian Gray we saw on Thursday evening.  My students couldn't stop thanking me on the way home. They really enjoyed the play and it gave me several lessons for conversations on why the play appeals to theater-goers today, although it was written in 1900, and to have them write their written reactions. ”


Sharon B. Montoya, Instructor

LIU Intensive Program

  • ETNY At the Den Poets Theatre
  • 309 East 108th  Street
  • New York, NY

Our Mission

Educational Theater of New York is  committed to presenting original, unusual, and thought provoking theater with the highest level of acting and directing to high school students, students of English as a Second Language, and the general public as well.

It’s important to us to find the best literary work, to develop and create the performances we produce for the immigrant community, so that they can be integrated in our cultural environment.

Selecting the Play

  • Original or adapted literary works.
  •  Thought provoking and dramatic.
  • Considering language.
  • Faithful adaptations.
  • Working with professional  actors.

The Process