Educational Theater of New York, Inc.
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.
In most cases, ESOL students that attend an ETNY production are seeing theater in the United States for the first time.
Our permanent home now at Clarion Theatre
We are 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization, registered with NYC DOE vendor.
A brief history of ETNY (PowerPointPresentation)
When Language Lessons Make for Good Theater New York Times
Ernest Hemingway's Short Story
309 E 26th Street, NYC
East of Second Ave. Information: 646-733-7685 email@example.com Tickets $15.00
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ETNY THEATER'S UNIQUE FORM
Quotes from the Performances
ESL class saw The Metamorphosis and really enjoyed the play. I'm so glad
I'll have the opportunity to bring a new group in to see the performance. This
theater is such a great resource- It's the only one of it's kind that I'm aware
of, and I look forward to your productions every spring and fall! Jane Landis
"A Masterful Form of Storytelling" Mary Carillo, Sportscaster.
“..I've attended several of these performances with people I was tutoring, and I think they are so incredibly well done."Shawn Mullin, Program Coordinator, The International Center in New York
"I think this performance would be a tremendous learning opportunity for my lower-intermediate ESL class at LaGuardia Community College's Center for Immigrant Education and Training.." James Kunen
ETNY -- Educational Theater of New York now in its thirteenth season.
ETNY Theater developed a unique form of presenting theater to ESL students in the year 2000 with the theatre's first play , a double bill called No Answer and Mr. Edward's Appointment. After each scene, the actors freeze; the Presenter enters and engages the students in conversation about the plays' characters and themes. Like a rewind button on a video, the students then have the chance to see the scene again for deeper understanding or continue to the next scene. The plays are then performed in their entirety ( when work permits it) at the end of the evening so the students can have a full theatrical experience. This new format is used in all the theater plays in repertory.
After the play is completed the students talk directly to the actors about the ideas of the play .
Comments from Teachers:
"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 March 26, 2010. 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.
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE about Educational Theater of NY
NEW YORK REGION
| April 9, 2008
COMMENTS FROM TEACHERS April 12, 2008
WOW! !!The interactive show for ESL students was really pleasurable. There was great interactive participation with the audience. Tonight I will discuss the reactions of my students when I go to class at St. Brigid , Brooklyn and see what comments they have. I didn't get a chance to discuss their feelings after the show last night but I know that they were laughing appropriately and must have understood a whole lot. Nestor did a great job of questioning the audience and most importantly, he accepted their responses and questions in a positive way with a smile. I believe that this manner gave other ESL students the freedom to feel they too could raise their hands and answer or ask questions without being embarrassed. I love the idea that the audience could decide whether to have the actors do a scene over again and the scenes were short enough ( Just right- as Goldilocks would say in the Three Bears (smile)). The actors/actress did a great job-especially of reenacting the scene in a refreshed way. I did read a summary of Hemmingway's play ahead of time but was glad that I hadn't had time to discuss it with my students beforehand because the audience , as a whole, was quite surprised that Margo fired the shot that killed her husband. Please inform me if there are future free or low cost events of this nature. Thanks again for giving my students and myself a great, unique, unusual, rewarding experience and good luck in all of your endeavors. Sincerely, Jacque Ferrer ESL adult instructor at St. Brigid
The play was VERY GOOD! Your actors did
their parts well! Your direction and artistry mattered a lot . . .
Congratulations. The experience in Wings Theater opened a new perspective for
our ESL students in line with theater and the English language.
Thanks to all teachers and students who attended the performances!
Please send us your comments and ideas about our work. firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Developer's Quote
"If you are looking for something special 'and unique' to do with your students, check out Educational Theater of New York which produces plays which have been specifically written for ESL students. What, you might ask, distinguishes plays done 'in front of' ESL students from plays done "for" ESL students? Well. for instance, during the original plays, students can ask to have the scene repeated if they want to see it again, and they can ask questions after each scene, as well as after the play in discussions with the actors." Deryin Verity, OAA CUNY
Prof. Lynda Dalgish
Thank you to everyone
involved in this play! We attended the performance on Wednesday, March 24,
with a group of our international students. They all really enjoyed the play,
and many of them were very enthusiastic about the "repeat/continue" idea. The
presenter also did a very good job - showing patience and encouragement for
students to participate in the learning process. He was a great role model,
being someone who perhaps had been an ESL student once.
We are currently performing at Clarion Theatre 309 East 26 St NYC
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Educational Theatre of New York, Inc
309 E 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
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