ACCESSIBLE THEATRE FOR ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
AYA students at a matinee performance of School of Rock

 

AYA creates a lasting impact on our students, creating lifelong theatre goers and artists. Many of the students who come through this program have never seen an accessible Broadway show before.

These children are the future audience members, actors, theatre administrators who will keep the arts alive.

SEE HOW BROADWAY WORKS WITH AYA

WHAT Broadway is SAYING ABOUT AYA

Alex Brightman, Tony Award nominee for School of Rock

"TDF makes performances more accessible to these people by having open captions, sign interpreters, and audio description. It’s amazing what TDF is able to do for these young audiences, some of whom are seeing their very first Broadway show. And that, I know for a fact, can change lives."

- Alex Brightman, Tony Award nominee for School of Rock


"Live theater can entertain and touch an audience in ways no other art form can. everyone deserves the opportunity to experience that "theater magic," especially children! I love that TDF provides incredibly inclusive, educational programs for kids who otherwise may not get that opportunity, yet probably need it most. Let's do our part to bring the gift of theater to EVERYONE."

- Laura Osnes, Tony Award nominee for Cinderella

Family at ATI performance of Aladdin
Santino Fontana, Broadway and television actor 

"What I love about theatre is how it brings people together, how it unites a group of people who otherwise didn’t know each other. And this is just another, more inclusive way to do that. I think that’s what theatre is all about."

- Santino Fontana, Cinderella on Broadway
 

WORKSHOP SAMPLES

Get to know what the students experience working with an AYA Teaching Artist

STUDENT BREAKDOWN BY LOCATION

 
Map of AYA student breakdown: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut
 

The number of AYA schools has increased every year since beginning in 1995
and this is only possible with the help of donors like you!

OUR GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM

1.
Add more performances to accommodate the waiting list for every performance
2.
Start a mentorship program
3.
Add more shows and a variety of shows
(i.e. adding an elementary friendly show vs. a slightly more high-school friendly show)