Education @ Roundabout

Q&A with Michael Wilson, Director of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg


Michael Wilson, director of the upcoming The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sits down with Roundabout's resident dramaturg, Ted Sod, to discuss this much-anticipated production.

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore?

Michael Wilson: Tennessee Williams is the reason I am in the theatre today.   Growing up in North Carolina, I always loved plays from the time I was introduced to them in pre-school.  It quickly became my preferred way of hearing a story.  Many people say they simply can’t read plays; they find them incomplete, or much less satisfying than prose.  But I have always loved reading dialogue, and imagining settings as described by playwrights in their stage directions.  For me, plays allow even more room for the imagination.  They demand for their reader to dream the behavior of their characters -- their dress, their movement, and the inflections in their speech – and conjure the action of the story.

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Remember Roundabout in Your Year-End Giving

Posted on: December 30th, 2010 by Julia Levy Executive Director


A special message from Executive Director, Julia Levy:

With just a few days left until 2011, there's still time to make a donation to Roundabout and receive a 2010 charitable tax deduction.

Year-end giving to Roundabout can benefit you, our community and the students participating in Roundabout's arts education programs. Your support can help Roundabout fund important productions that enrich our cultural community and make student matinees possible for many public school children.

As an added incentive, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match, dollar-for-dollar all new or increased gifts that are received before December 31. That means your contribution to Roundabout will go twice as far!

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From the Archive: Education@Roundabout

Posted on: December 22nd, 2010 by Tiffany Nixon


Roundabout has been involved in educational outreach since its earliest years.  Gene Feist, Roundabout’s founding director, was a high school teacher in New Rochelle, spending his days teaching drama and his nights directing plays and running a fledgling theatre company. Mr. Feist understood the value of promoting theatre in public schools. Our not-for-profit status was linked to our education programming and the educational work we have engaged in over the last twenty plus years.  

Flyer for promoting students to a production of Hamlet

Each year we partner teaching artists with junior and high school students, supporting the successful integration of dramatic arts into the curriculum through lessons that link mathematics, literature, and history to costume study, set and lighting design, dramaturgy and play writing.

Students and teachers attend matinee performances of our productions and use our study guide, Upstage, to assist with in-depth study of plays through artist interviews and play summaries. Click here to view a variety of of our "Upstage" Study Guides.

Cover page for the Education Department's Study Guide of The Crucible

We have additional programs that provide students with opportunities to produce their own plays that are products of play reading series and workshops held throughout the semester. Click here to view the Annual Report for the 2009-2010 Season, including a complete listing of programs.

Our education department is truly one of Roundabout’s finest productions.

We are proud of the work done by our colleagues as it is through their dedication that hundreds of young people each year are exposed to theatre. Many of these students go on to pursue studies in theatre arts, acting, directing, and play writing; we hope that all walk away with a deeper appreciation of theatre.   

Roundabout’s archives contain supporting materials from our education department that include lesson plans, grant information, and workshops. In the near future, our catalog of study guides will be available on our website for use in theatre education programs across the country. 

The Roundabout Theatre Company Archives are made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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2010-2011 Season, Education @ Roundabout

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