The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts Awards “Your Start In The Arts” High School Drama Grant

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Ten High Schools Across the U.S. Receive Grant for Development of Secondary Drama Education.

The New York Conservatory Grant Program

The New York Conservatory is proud and grateful to be able to honor these outstanding high school teachers and drama departments that continue to make a difference for students pursuing their passion for the dramatic arts.

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) today proudly announced the recipients of its second annual “Your Start in the Arts” grant awards. The New York Conservatory’s grant program honors and supports secondary high school educators in drama and theater who have inspired students to follow their passion for the art of storytelling through acting.

“We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s The New York Conservatory’s ‘Your Start in the Arts’ grant awards,” said Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. “This year we received nearly 700 grant submissions from schools across the country who more often than not struggle to fund their theater and performing arts programs due to dwindling or altogether eliminated financial support. We are proud and grateful to be able to honor these outstanding high school teachers and drama departments that continue to make a difference for students pursuing their passion for the dramatic arts. The New York Conservatory wishes them continued success in nurturing their department goals.”

The New York Conservatory’s Your Start in the Arts 2019 grant winners are:

  • Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, TX: The Your Start in the Arts grant will be used to invest in sound and lighting for their theater productions.
  • Sylvania Southview High School, Sylvania, OH: The school has given the drama students the opportunity to decide how to best use the Your Start in the Arts grant.
  • Chazy Central Rural School, Chazy, NY: The Your Start in the Arts grant will allow the school to replace decades old boxes used for sets and rehearsals, as well as purchase a new road box for more fragile equipment.
  • Long Beach High School, Long Beach, Miss : The school will be using the funds to help produce its next performance and to help pay for travel expenses to theater festivals.
  • Estes Park High School, Estes Park, CO: The school will be using the grant for the installation of a video monitor system for their backstage area and green room that will greatly improve communication between the actors on stage, crew and cast.
  • Belleville High School, Belleville, NJ: The funding from the Your Start in the Arts grant will enable the school to upgrade its sound and lighting equipment.
  • Bayonne High School, Bayonne, NJ: The funds will be used to enhance lighting system and build new rehearsal cubes and stage flats.
  • North Andrew High School, Rosendale, MO: The grant will help fund set and costumes for their productions.
  • Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington, MA: The funds will go toward the rental of The Regent Theatre stage for their spring production of "Shrek the Musical."
  • Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, CA: The funding will be used to build costumes for their spring production of "Mamma Mia!"

To learn more about the “Your Start in the Arts” grant program, please visit https://www.nycda.edu/your-start-in-the-arts/.

About The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts enables students to define their unique brand as an actor by discovering who they are as a person. We practice a personalized approach to training that places acting and storytelling at the core--offering immersive, disciplined, and focused professional training programs designed to give students the tools and techniques they need for successful careers in today’s industry. Our living curriculum is writing itself every day, created and shaped by NYCDA’s working actor instructors and student community to deliver a dynamic learning experience. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NYCDA’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs in Film and Television Performance, and in Musical Theater Performance are registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Learn more about NYCDA at http://www.nycda.edu.

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