Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program

The application deadline for the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program 2018-2019 is Monday, October 15, 2018. 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

2018 Broadway Junior Festival

The 13th Anniversary celebration of Broadway Junior was held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre.  Kelvin Moon Loh and Vasthy Mompoint from the TONY-award winning SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, 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 Disney's Aladdin JR.; Fame the Musical JR.; Disney's High School Musical JR.; Legally Blonde the Musical JR.; Disney's The Lion King JR.; Hairspray JR.; Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR.; Shrek The Musical JR.; and Xanadu JR. 

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

Shubert Arts Partnership Program

Through generous funding from the Shubert Foundation, The Shubert Theater Arts Partnership Program provides elementary and middle schools identified as in need of arts supports with the opportunity to participate in a fully funded two-year theater program.

Selected schools receive up to $6,600 in arts education support to help meet compliance with New York State Instructional Requirements. In Year One, chosen schools receive fully funded direct student service residencies, professional development and planning support. In Year Two, schools receive $4,200 in matching funds. Active participation by the principal, arts education liaison, and staff is both mandatory and critical to the success of the partnership. The expertise of ArtsConnection teaching artists help schools develop student learning and devise a strategic plan to sustain a theater program beyond the life of the grant.

Contact Callie McGlone, Arts Program Manager, at with any questions.

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