A production of The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit arts education organization working with young people (ages 9 - 18) in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. The Project brings them together with adult artists to create original work for the theater. The PROJcast offers a behind-the-scenes view of the work of the Project as the kids create and explore theater as well as other art forms, such as song, dance, poetry, film, and more. Long term-mentoring relationships form the basis of much of the Project’s work, and these episodes will feature reporting, stories, performances and interviews with kids and adults.
"You have to admit that you're different, as well. Can we be different together and make music?" - Jai-Lyzz, age 11.
We brought four young members together with adult volunteers to create monologues for audio. The young people worked on the scripts, sound design, & editing. Some even perform.
For our virtual gala, hosted by Nancy Giles, starting May 3rd, visit www.52projectHiddenGemsGala.org
The Writers of "Smoke & Mirrors, Part II"
“It’s really cool to come here because you get to let out your feelings after school.” - Khailey, age 9.
It’s time for the other half of our latest Playmaking production SMOKE & MIRRORS, The Tricky Plays, Part II. Here are five more the Behind the Pencil interviews with our most recent Playmakers ahead of the live stream of their production, Thursday, March 25, 7PM. (For the interviews and information about Part I see episode #32.)
The Teens of ME & U.
“I’m less bored than I used to be. Because in middle school, I would tell myself I was bored 24/7. I’ve only been bored one day this whole year because I stopped telling myself, ‘I’m bored.’” - Darby, age 16
The Teen Ensemble is putting together one of their last productions (ME & U., The Teen One-Acts, Streaming 2/25, 7PM). So, we sat down with them virtually to look back on their careers with the Project and to find out what wisdom they’ve picked up along the way.
Escape the Drama (Songmaking songs)
“I want to be who I am. I want to be free, free, free. I just want to be free.” - Antonella, age 11
Three more songs from our Songmaking concert, back in November, 2019. Songmaking teaches the kids about the art of writing songs as they collaborate with with graduate students from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program.
The Writers of "SMOKE & MIRRORS, Part I"
“It’s okay to speak up for yourself ... even if you’re going through some stuff.” - Faith, age 10
When we had to suspend operations in March 2020, we were about to premiere our latest Playmaking production. Now, those plays will be presented on Zoom in a two part production, with Part I on Thursday, January 28, 7PM. This episode features four of our young playwrights reflecting on their experiences and inspirations in creating SMOKE & MIRRORS, The Tricky Plays, Part I.
Family, Late Nights, & Baking
“Mixin’ it, riskin’ it, creatin’ it!” Ayah, age 10
We’re showcasing three performances from the November 2019 Songmaking concert, Take It From the Top. Also, the Project’s newest Playmaking production, SMOKE & MIRRORS, goes virtual on live stream Thursday, January 28, 7PM. Visit https://52project.secure.force.com/ticket/ for a reservation - it’s free.
Very professionally performed and presented!
These are great and so creative. Keep them coming!
I love this place!!!
This is amazing The Project has a podcast!!! What could be better, now so many can hear the best of the Project. Love these guys.