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Our Education Work

What Will the Kids Say? (K-12)

Through their What Will the Kids Say? initiative, the Neighbors have provided free arts education to young people at community hubs such as the Central Falls Summer Camp in Rhode Island and the El Puente Presente Youth Leadership Centre in New York. Their flagship youth program is their theatre-for-young-audiences musical, the Untitled Shape Show, which has been performed by young people and professional actors throughout North America in cities including New York, Providence and Toronto. All of the Neighbors have full clearance by the NYCDOE.

College Education and Professional Training (18+)

In 2020, the company was invited to join the Adjunct Faculty at CUNY Queens College Department of Drama, where they taught “Introduction to Documentary Theatre,” an undergraduate course where students researched, created, directed and presented their own original theatre pieces. The Neighbors are currently Artists-in-Residence at the college, where they continue to teach, develop new work and conduct research. The company has also taught “Introduction to Physical Theatre” at the Wuhan Institute of Design and Sciences and presented guest lectures at colleges including Ohio State University. They also nurture emerging artists through their Neighborhood Internship Program.

Photo by Pablo Calderón-Santiago.

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] was probably 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

“I had the best time...I was able to enhance my skills and further my career by working with these professional performers who were willing to teach me and were always supportive...”

participant in the Untitled Shape Show

Our Community Programs

Storytime

Established in 2017, storytime is a night of storytelling and live music for the Neighborhood. Held at various venues throughout Brooklyn, each event features a specific theme (such as “If Only I’d Known,” “Expectation” or “Running on Fumes”) curated by the visiting musicians (including Willy Davis, And Lucky and Kailey Prior). Any audience member who is willing to tell a story is welcome too, creating an authentic and powerful collective experience. This event has so far served over 2500 folks in the New York and online.

Fundraisers

Twice a year, the Neighbors curate fundraisers for other non-profit organizations, programming high quality events that serve their community and expand their creative circle. Since 2017, they have raised over $7500 from these events, benefiting organizations including Planned Parenthood, PERIOD, Gays Against Guns and Stop AAPI Hate alongside artists including Alan Cumming, Amy León, Abbey Feldman, VICE, Sing Out, Louise!, Aladdin’s Kathryn Allison, Kinky Boots’ Xavier Reyes and Hamilton’s Yvette Lu.

Performer: Carissa Matsushima.

Symposiums

The Neighbors produce and moderate bi-annual symposiums on major issues impacting the field and the world at large. Co-produced by Kori Rushton and presented at her venue, IRT Theatre, these events bring together guest speakers, colleagues and the Neighborhood at large for a structured discussion on complex and nuanced issues. Topics have included People as People: A Symposium on Diversity and Agency in Storytelling: A Symposium on Privilege, Visibility and Influence, and have been supported by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Neighborhood Watch

Inaugurated as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Neighborhood Watch is a free digital arts series designed to allow all members of the Neighbors’ 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 Neighborhood Watch has subsequently expanded into public writing workshops and free community arts initiatives with partners including the Queens Public Library and the Queens Memory Project, amongst others.

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

participant in Neighborhood Watch

“I feel privileged to witness these stories. They will all live in my heart...”

participant in Neighborhood Watch

Our Previous Fundraisers

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

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.