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Our Education Work

Youth Education

Through the What Will the Kids Say? initiative, the Neighbors have provided free arts education for young people aged 5-17 via their flagship theatre-for-young-audiences musical, the “Untitled Shape Show,” in Providence, New York and Toronto. The Neighbors have also provided free arts education to young people at Central Falls Summer Camp in Rhode Island and at El Puente Presente Youth Leadership Center in Brooklyn, amongst others. The Neighbors both ​​have NYC DOE clearance.

Higher Education

The Neighbors have taught their primary source devising methodology at CUNY Queens College (where they were Adjunct Faculty and Artists-in-Residence for three years), the Wuhan Institute of Design and Science, Ohio State University and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. They will be joining the Adjunct Faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in this academic year. Other higher education experience includes curating and hosting the 2022 Applied Theatre Convergence at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, “A New Intimacy.” The Neighbors have also worked with interns from CUNY and NYU, providing course credit.

Photo by Pablo Calderón-Santiago.

Community Education

Over the past seven years, the Neighbors have curated and led a number of free Public Arts Education Projects for a range of communities. This work has included free public writing workshops with partners such as the Brooklyn Public Library, the Queens Public Library, the Queens Memory Project and the Queens College Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance (GLASA), as well as creative writing initiatives with organizations including THE CITY newspaper, the Interfaith Centre of New York and Let's Re-imagine.

Bring the Neighbors to You

The Neighbors are always thrilled to engage with new communities in meaningful ways, whether through arts workshops, youth programming or higher education partnerships. If you are interested in bringing the company to your Neighborhood, please email outreach@wwtns.org.

“This is…the first class which really forced me to structure, hone and develop my creativity. The professors provided the best constructive criticism that truly pushed me further than I ever imagined myself to go. I've never felt this pleased with my work.”

participant in CUNY Queens College Course

“...[this] was…one of the best experiences of my life...they shaped me into a better performer and I have an utmost respect for their team and company as a whole...”

participant in the Untitled Shape Show

Our Community Programs


Established in 2017, “storytime” is a free night of storytelling and live music for the Neighborhood, held at various venues throughout New York (most recently, the Cell Theatre in Chelsea). Each event features a specific theme (such as “Uplifting Black Stories,” “Not A Day Goes By” or “Waiting”) curated by the visiting musicians (including Eleri Ward, Kathryn Allison and Amyra León) and hosts (including Abby Feldman, Xavier Reyes and Ayla Sullivan). Any audience member who is willing to tell a story is welcome to, creating an authentic and powerful collective experience. This event has so far served over 3500 folks in the New York and online, and was recently recognized with a $15k NYC Department of Cultural Affairs CDF Grant.


Every June, the Neighbors curate a fundraiser for other non-profit organizations, programming high quality events that serve their community and expand their creative circle. Since 2017, they have raised over $8500 from these events, benefiting organizations including Planned Parenthood, PERIOD, Gays Against Guns, The Audre Lorde Project and Stop AAPI Hate alongside artists including Alan Cumming, VICE, Sing Out, Louise!, Theydy Bedbug, Lena Horné, Clara Olshansky and Yvette Lu.

Symposiums, Panels and Boards

The Neighbors have produced and moderated symposiums in collaboration with Kori Rushton’s IRT Theatre, including "People as People: A Symposium on Diversity" and "Agency in Storytelling: A Symposium on Privilege, Visibility and Influence." In addition, the Neighbors are proud members of the IndieSpace Artist Committee and have sat on grant panels, roundtables and discussion groups with partner organizations such as A.R.T./New York, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Queens Memory Project and BRIC Arts and Media. In addition, the Neighbors host free mixers for their Neighborhood, including their annual Holiday Party.

Digital Arts Programming

Inaugurated as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Neighbors’ free Digital Arts Programming was designed to allow all members of the their global community to continue to engage with them and one another. With events ranging from scene studies to music jams to poetry workshops, the two initial seasons served hundreds of participants across the US, South America and Europe. The program has subsequently expanded into ongoing digital components for a range of Neighbors’ programming, including productions, community events and fundraisers, amongst others. This long-term digital engagement allows the Neighbors to increase accessibility as they continue to engage and serve their global community.

“Thank you for giving voice to the people. Such a special program...”

participant in the Digital Arts Series

“...What Will the Neighbors Say? established an unforgettable space for unity, empowerment and the amplification of Black excellence…”

participant in "storytime"

Our Previous Fundraisers

For our current communtiy events, please see our Shows & Events page

Affirm This!

The Roe Must Go On

Back in Business

She Said

Missing Them

Casa Abierta

What Will the Gays Sing?

Go with the Flow

Oh, Wow!

Look Fête

Cumming for Puerto Rico

Dogs of D.C.