"Fantastic! Yes, our students 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


"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 

Our Mission 


ETNY 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.

In most cases, ESOL students that attend an ETNY production are seeing theater in the United States for the first time.

What We’re Doing

A testimony from teachers and program directors:

"I just wanted to let you know that my students who attended the performance last night were thrilled with the production.  They all appreciated  the opprtunities they were given to understand the action in the play.  For several of them, this was their first experience in the theater in New York, and i'm grateful it was a positive one.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to produce such a lovely and useful teaching tool.  It certainly makes a teacher's task that much easier!"​

Dominique DiTommaso

La Guardia College for Immigrant Education and Training

"I wanted to thank you again for another wonderful evening of learning for my students!

As always, it was a pleasure to talk to you about what you do for the ESOL teachers and students in NYC. " Dominique 2015

Recent Projects

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Company Profile

English Language Learners come from all parts of the world. The audiences that attend our performances, the immigrants , new Newyorkers, realize that they can be part of the cultural activities in New York City,  

Educational Theater of New York


Founded: 2001

By Barbara Bregstein

and Nestor Rodriguez


Language Teachers and Performing Artists.

ETNY is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

"It was a great show. The students enjoyed the experience of attending an “off Broadway” play." 

Angel Millan, Essex College, NJ

"We had the best time.  I just joined a discussion with the class and we are coming back for your next play!
Thanks so much for this experience.  What wonderful work you are doing."
Joy Haas, cis-nyc.org 

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs

Miriam by Truman Capote

The Gioconda Smile by Aldous Huxley  

Bliss and The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Socrates on Trial from Plato
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

The Cathedral by Raymond Carver

The Magic Barrel, Idiots first,

and Benefit Performance by Bernard Malamud

No Answer and Mr. Edwards Appointment by B. Bregstein