Roundabout announces new virtual endeavor, Roundabout New Original Works (RYNOW)

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES
ROUNDABOUT YOUTH NEW ORIGINAL WORKS: Virtual Edition

A NEW VIRTUAL ENDEAVOR FOR CREATIVE YOUTH TO COLLABORATE, DEVISE AND SHARE ORIGINAL WORKS
ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE HERE.
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Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) announce a new virtual endeavor entitled RYNOW (Roundabout Youth New Original Works). RYNOW is a space for creative youth to collaborate, devise and share original works.

RYNOW participants will submit video responses to theatrical prompts via Flipgrid, and written responses by email to devise an original piece. The original work created will be shared during a virtual gathering of the participants on Monday, May 18, from 4 – 6pm (ET). Participants can submit responses to prompts on a rolling basis through Friday, May 15.

Any high school student in NYC and beyond can register to participate here.
To view a brief video kicking off RYNOW, click here.

Beginning with the prompt, “What if a new planet was discovered and you were chosen to venture there?” participants will have the opportunity to: collaborate with fellow young artists; create original work; explore theatrical disciplines such as Playwriting, Design, and Performance; and attend a virtual sharing and cast party.

“The stress and isolation of the COVID-19 crisis are hitting teenagers particularly hard—and those are two of the areas where theatre can truly help. So I’m thrilled Roundabout is able to provide young people with an outlet for creativity and connection, when they miss it the most and when it can help the most,” said Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO.

“During the shutdown, our education team has been guided by Roundabout’s core values of Artistry, Connection, and Community and pivoted to offer remote learning and engagement opportunities for thousands of students, educators, and patrons across all program areas. In this time of great uncertainty, we are so pleased to offer space for high school artists everywhere to imagine and create with us – we can’t wait to see what is generated!” said Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education.

The RYNOW virtual project is produced by Roundabout’s Education team, and project managed by Nneka Hillocks (Roundabout Education Apprentice), in collaboration with Roundabout Teaching Artists Carrie Heitman, Reilly Horan, and Hannah Johnson Walsh.

Support for Roundabout Youth Ensemble programming is generously provided by The Pinkerton Foundation.

Since 1996, Education at Roundabout has offered nationally recognized programs that use the stimulating power of the arts to inspire and engage. We proudly partner with over 36,000 students, educators, community members, and patrons each year throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Our goal is to use theatre to promote social equity through three core program areas, Teaching and Learning, Career Training, and Community Partnerships. For more information, visit roundabouttheatre.org/education.

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals and new works on its five stages: Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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