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Educational Theater of New York, Inc.  

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.

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 [New!]

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

Educational Theater of New York in TELEMUNDO video

The Metamorphosis by Kafka 


Gregor's abrupt and unexplained transformation, along with the story's juxtaposition

of everyday life, gives the play a quality that is enigmatic and compelling.

Performance Opens March 26  The Metamorphosis Flier PDF

at Clarion Theatre 309 E 26th Street

  Lesson Plan  (PDF) The Metamorphosis 2011

  Summary for the play (PDF) 

  The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (whole text pdf)


Tuesday, March 25 at 10 am

Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 27 at 10 am

Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 pm

Friday, March 28 at 10 am

Monday, March 31 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 1 at 10 am


Clarion Theatre

309 E 26 Street, NYC

on Second Ave. Information: 646-733-7685 info@etnyarts.org Tickets $15.00   

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ETNY Theater Company also known as Educational Theater of New York now in its twelfth 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. "

Sharon B. Montoya, Instructor
LIU Intensive English Program /March 2010


NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE about Educational Theater of NY

NEW YORK REGION   | April 9, 2008
When Language Lessons Make for Good Theater
theater production in Greenwich Village is one part theater, one part language lesson.


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.
Thank you very much . .

Thanks to all teachers and students who attended the performances!

Please send us your comments and ideas about our work. etnyarts@etnyarts.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
International Center for ESL
Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


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.

Again, thanks to all of you, and we hope to see you again next year!

Prof. Lynda Dalgish

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We are currently performing atClarion Theatre 309 East 26 St NYC

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Educational Theatre of New York

309 E 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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