December 2018


As November comes to a close, Opening Act students have created unique characters and scenes to be performed at each campus’ end of the semester Winter Showcases. The Opening Act staff have been hard at work, attending exciting Professional Development sessions and continuing to support our awesome Opening Act family!

Act 2 Saturday: Career Crash Course

Career Crash Course Social.001The second Act 2 Saturday of the semester, “Career Crash Course,” was hosted by The Actors Fund on November 10. This session was focused on envisioning and working towards students’ ideal careers. Guest speaker Alexandria Bellivan led students in activities to identify potential challenges for job seekers, find the important art, work/life balance, create a strategic career plan and choose S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, achievable, results-driven and time-bound). With the help of a great group of Opening Act volunteers, staff, and Board members, students left this Act 2 Saturday with identified passions, values and skills to pursue their strategic career plan!

Teaching Artist Professional Development

Opening Act Teaching Artists gathered together on Election Day (after voting of course!) for a Professional Development session focused on Team Teaching. In a day of conversation and improvisation, Teaching Artists discussed ways in which they support their Teaching partner or Team and best practices in the classroom. This “League of Incredible Super-Fantastic Teaching Artists” explored their “Super Strengths” and “Fatal Flaws” to highlight their supportive, communicative and Superhero teaching teams!

Everyday Celebrations & Accomplishments

Opening Act students are finding their voice as actors and performers, and  #SHOWINGUP for their ensemble and community. Here are some highlights from our Teaching Artists to celebrate those exciting moments in the classroom:

“Two students who joined were actually out on their field trips for explore week and they came back to the school from wherever they were just to be back for Opening Act. They were describing their route – two buses and two trains just to get back. Wow. We were so touched. They showed up!”

“In a moment that almost made me cry, we asked for volunteers to lead an activity, one of the people that almost always has her hand up first was picked. She turned and looked at another student, who also raised her hand and said, ‘I’m always participating first, I’m ok to step back so you can go first!’ TALK ABOUT INCLUSION!”

“After class, I was walking down the hall when one of our normally reserved students chased me down the hall and said ‘That was an amazing class – like seriously. That was awesome’.”


Our students are working hard, rehearsing scenes, setting goals, and continuing to celebrate their ensembles. We’re excited to share the following upcoming Opening Act events and opportunities with you as we approach the end of the semester.

Opening Act Winter Showcases

With characters and scenes developed, each Opening Act ensemble will have a Winter Showcase at their home campus to share what they’ve been working on with family, friends, and members of their school community.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bayard Rustin Educational Complex

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cobble Hill School for American Studies

Herbert H. Lehman Campus

Graphic Educational Campus

Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus

Water’s Edge Campus

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Arturo Schomburg Satellite Academy

Bronx Latin / Career and College Prep

Christopher Columbus Campus

Clara Barton High School

Walton Educational Campus

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bushwick Educational Campus

Canarsie Educational Campus

Grace Dodge Campus

Mott Hall V

Mott Haven Educational Campus

Act 2 Saturday: FAFSA Jam

Coming up on Saturday, December 15 and hosted by Hunter College, our next Act 2 Saturday is titled, “FAFSA Jam! We’re looking forward to coming together for a special event focused on supporting our students in securing financial aid and celebrating the end of a very successful semester. Graduating seniors attending “FAFSA Jam will work with their parents or guardians along with FAFSA experts to fill out their online financial paperwork. The afternoon will conclude with an improv jam alongside Opening Act’s Alumni Improv Team, Friends of the Family.

Digital Mentors

Don’t forget to follow the Opening Act Act 2 Instagram account to keep up with all things related to our awesome OA alumni Digital Mentors. Check out the latest post Diana’s Financial Aid Tips!

Opportunities for Young Artists

An opportunity was shared with us that we would like to pass along… Visual artists ages 14-21 are invited to apply for The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship. This application is due by December 15, 2018 at 5 PM Eastern Time.

Performing Around Town…

Opening Act Interim Director of Programs, Marcus Johnson, in Titan Theatre Company’s, A Christmas Carol at the Queens Theatre

December 7th – December 23rd

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Opening Act Teaching Artist, Ugo Anyanwu, in What to Send Up When it Goes Down hosted by The Movement Theatre Company at ART/New York Theatres

November 11th – December 9th

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Opening Act Teaching Artist, Claire Fort, in The Making of King Kong, presented by Target Margin Theater

November 29th – December 15th

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Happy Holidays from Opening Act!

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