Students arrive at PGT for a variety of reasons, and at a variety of stages in their creative journey. No matter what brings our students through our doors, what they find here is an artistic haven — a creative home where they are challenged to think outside the box, to strive toward a level of artistry that will challenge our audience’s preconception of what children’s theatre is all about and to work within a group of dynamic, exceptional, emerging young artists in a collaborative environment… and to do it all while making life-long friends and having the time of their life!
Our work is focused entirely on the love of the craft and the life lessons that are a natural result of a healthy and non-competitive creative process. We are proud of all that our students accomplish, while they are here in our “home” and once they go out into the world. In essence, we see the artists they can become, while we celebrate the children they are.
The PGT Mission
The Play Group Theatre (PGT) is a nonprofit, educational theatre organization dedicated to providing process-oriented theatre training and diverse performance opportunities to children and teenagers. Through classes, school residencies, technical internships, a full summer program and a varied and continual performance calendar, PGT strives to enable students to develop collaborative and communication skills, artistry, self-esteem, love of theatre and a dedication to the community as a whole.
At The Play Group Theatre® (PGT), we challenge the imagination, nurture the creative soul, and inspire children and teens to reach for what they might have thought impossible. We offer professional-quality training in a one-of-a-kind family atmosphere in the spring, summer, and fall. With seven different programs, Summer Theatre is designed for young actors with every level of experience, ages 4-17. Our conservatory-style camp is located in its own air-conditioned performing arts complex which includes two theatres, rehearsal studios, and scenic and costume shops. Register now, 914-946-4433, playgroup.org.
Meet the Director
Jill Abusch (artistic director) is co-founder, and camp director of The Play Group Theatre. As artistic director, Jill has guided PGT’s innovative theatre programs from their inception. She is proud to have directed the Teen Conservatory summer writing program for several years. She has taught a variety of classes and has gone into schools and camps to train teachers on the use of drama in the classroom. Jill studied acting and directing at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Classical Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a B.F.A. in Drama.
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