"Very simply put- this program provided a real-world and artitisic educational experience that we could not afford and will help these students for a lifetime. It enhanced comprehension skills, explored relevant social issues, and demonstrated the necessity of financial responsibity and of following a formula. I cannot thank LeAp enough for this opportunity." - Teacher at MS 231 in Queens.
LeAp OnStage Program
LeAp OnStage---LeAp's signature theater program---is underway in schools citywide. Over 600 students participate in the year-long playwriting, play production and theater appreciation program. Working with theater teachers and professional directors, students draft their own 10-minute plays. A team of professionals selects one play from each school for an invitation-only live performance on a professional stage.
Through their involvement, students gain an admiration for theater and develop their artistic talents. A senior with plays in the final performance in two consecutive years commented that “prior to (this program) I did not know I was a writer. And after, well… this is who I am. I write” This student has since graduated and has begun pursuing a career as a writer. Many students share a similar belief and are attending performing arts colleges across the country.
STUDENTS MEET BROADWAY LUMINARIES
Students have the opportunity to attend Broadway plays and meet with Broadway luminaries such as Chazz Palminteri, writer and star of A Bronx Tale; Kathleen Marshall, director of Anything Goes; and Tony-nominee Liev Schrieber. Over 460 plays were written last year, with six performed at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and five at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in an event hosted by actress Hillary Swank.
STUDENTS GET PUBLISHED
Samuel French Publishing, the premiere play publisher, publishes the students' plays and distributes them to the students.
In 2009,the Fidelity FutureStage Program won the Arts and Business Council's prestigious Encore Award for its partnership between LeAp and Fidelity Investments.