Step Right Up!
“This is hard…but fun!” – A Step Right Up student, 2010
Arts for All’s Step Right Up program provides free arts workshops in New York City’s public schools, aiming to create a final production of theater, dance, music, and art.
Teaching Artists Bonnie Pipkin and Mary Meyer spend approximately 10 weeks with students, using different story telling techniques to create original productions. Students are taken through all steps of bringing a play to the stage: creating the script, acting, directing, costume making, set design, music, prop making and multi-media design.
The Step Right Up program is an opportunity for all age levels to create original productions that address a topic close to the students’ lives. The public performance increases confidence, public speaking skills, and provides a fun ensemble experience for the students.
2012: 15 high school students at The Green School in Brooklyn create BRAAAAAAINS: A Christmas Story. 5th grade students at PS 15 created Maka’s Biggest Challenge.
2011: High school students at The Green School created Grave Decisions.
2010: Agent Phoenix, created by 5th grade students at PS 15, and The Last Sound, created by high school students at The Green School.
2009: Lies II Dream, created by high school students at The Green School. Moon Changers and Lost Caribbean, created by 5th grade students at PS 15
2008: The Legend of the Zombie Curse, created by 4th and 5th graders at PS 15.
2007: The Return of Super Ice Wolf, created by 4th and 5th graders at PS 15