Drama Club expands its reach to serve three additional youth detention centers in the New York City area.

Leake & Watts Limited Secure Placement for Girls — Bronx, New York

George Motchan Detention Center for Young Men 18 to 21 Years Old on Rikers Island — East Elmhurst, New York

Rose M. Singer Center for Girls on Rikers Island — East Elmhurst, New York

 
 

Drama Club Speaks: January 2, 2016 City Hall Hearing

On January 29th, 2016 Drama Club was invited to speak at the City Hall hearing, Examining Cultural Non-Profits in the New York City Juvenile Justice System, which was a joint hearing with the Committee on Cultural Affairs and the Committee on Juvenile Justice. 

We were invited to speak by the Committee on Juvenile Justice Chair, Councilman Cabrera, from District 14 in the Bronx, who is a supporter of Drama Club.

The hearing was informative and inspirational. It was suggested that NYC may be leading the nation in terms of the arts programming accessible to juvenile offenders. This is in large part to the newly available (autumn of 2015) SONYC grant for after-school programming. 

Our Executive Director, Josie, spoke about the successful Drama Club model. But it was the quotes from our youth that drew the room's attention and a compliment from the Chair of the Committee of Cultural Affairs, Councilman Van Bramer. He said, quite simply, "That was beautiful."

Click here to view the extended transcript prepared for the hearing.

 
 

 
 
 

 

Drama Club receives its first Discretionary Award from New York City Council!


Drama Club is featured on Backstage.com in an interview with founder, Josie Whittlesey.

 
 

Read the entire article here.


 

 

Drama Club is featured on WSJ Live.

WSJ Live’s program, Lunch Break.


Drama Club’s program extends to serve those detained at The Robert N. Davoren Complex for Adolescents on Rikers Island.


 

 

Drama Club is invited to expand its pilot program to Horizon Juvenile Facility in the South Bronx based upon its success at Crossroads. 

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The participants of the Drama Club program at Crossroads rewrite a condensed version of Romeo and Juliet, with our guidance, in their own words: Romeo and Juliet: Retold. 


Drama Club’s first class stages a reading of Pearl Cleage’s award-winning play, Blues for an Alabama Sky in August, to the great excitement of the kids, their parents and the facility. 


Drama Club’s pilot program begins at Crossroads Juvenile Facility in Brownsville, New York. We start with nearly 20 participants, focusing on basic theater games & acting exercises.