Middle school students rehearsing Broadway Junior production

Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program

The application deadline for the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program 2019-2020 is Monday, November, 2020. Middle schools can apply for the program here.

Program Overview

The Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior program is a significantly-funded opportunity to strengthen the arts in schools through musical theater. This dynamic program supports NYC public middle schools as they produce, rehearse and perform a one hour musical.

Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior, a partnership among the Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International and the NYC Department of Education, provides up to $10,500 in artistic services and theater resources to engage schools in the process of creating a sustainable theater program while developing creative life-long learners.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Broadway Junior Program are to:

  • Support middle schools to develop sustainable quality arts education programs
  • Engage students in the joyful process of creating musical theater (rehearsal, design, and performance)
  • Foster a strong educational community as students, teachers, staff, and families all 'play a role'
  • Encourage the connection of arts programming to curriculum study in all content areas

The program provides schools with a professional teaching artist to advise and assist teachers and students throughout the process of producing their musical. Schools also receive:

  • Significant funding to subsidize teacher per session costs
  • Professional development workshops for teachers
  • Resources including the Broadway Junior Showkit (see application)
  • The unique opportunity for students to perform in a city-wide theater event
  • Student discount tickets to a Broadway show

2019 Broadway Junior Festival

The 14th Anniversary celebration of Broadway Junior was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. James Harkness and Jawan M. Jackson, stars from the TONY-award winning Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of the Temptations, hosted the event celebrating these first time performers before 1,000 invited guests from the theater and education communities as well as family and friends.

Nearly 500 students from Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens performed musical theater numbers from their fully produced school versions of Broadway JR musicals on a Broadway stage. The shows included Once on This Island JR.; Disney's Aladdin JR.; Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR.; Disney's The Little Mermaid JR.; Legally Blonde the Musical JR.; Disney's The Lion King JR.; Hairspray JR.; Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR.; and Madagascar JR. 

For questions about the program, contact Peter Avery, Director of Theater, at with any questions.

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