Bernadette Peters to Host the Shubert Foundation's High School Theatre Festival

March 19, 2024


10th Anniversary



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(New York, NY) – In its 10th year, more than 100 talented young NYC public school theatre artists will make their Broadway debuts in The 2024 Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for NYC Public Schools on Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway). This annual theatre education experience for NYC students is presented by The Shubert Foundation and the NYC Department of Education Arts Office.

Bernadette Peters (Hello, Dolly!, Follies) will host this year’s 10th annual event. Additional guest presenters, supporting public school theatre education, will include James Caverly (Children of a Lesser God), Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Charlotte d’Amboise (Chicago), Jeanna de Waal (Sweeney Todd), Trechelle Edmond (for colored girls…), Drew Gehling (Almost Famous), Tamar Greene (Hamilton), Anika Larsen (Almost Famous), Apollo Levine (MJ), Julian Elijah Martinez (Network), Gary Perez (Between Riverside and Crazy), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!), Brandon Uranowitz (Leopoldstadt), and Kara Young (Purlie Victorious).

The Shubert Festival celebrates six outstanding high school student productions from the 2023-24 school year, selected from more than 20 productions across the city by professional theatre artists and theatre educators. Over the course of the festival’s 10-year history, school productions from all five boroughs have performed at the event.

This year, student presentations from the following schools will present excerpted scenes and musical numbers in order as follows:

TITANIC – Professional Performing Arts High School (Manhattan)


MAMMA MIA! – Curtis High School (Staten Island)

ZANNA DON’T! – Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (Manhattan)

TITANIC – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Queens)

URINETOWN – Brooklyn High School for the Arts (Brooklyn)

The Shubert High School Theatre Festival showcases the ongoing excellent theatre work currently taking place in NYC public high schools, as well as highlighting the crucial skills of theatre study for the stage and in life: collaboration, artistry, discipline, focus, literacy, student voice, self-awareness, presence, and empathy. The evening focuses on the impact that a dedicated theatre program can have on students and school communities, enabling students to see theatre and the arts as a potential career path.

“We have seen almost 2,000 of our talented scholars make their Broadway debuts in the annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for NYC Public Schools. Celebrating its impressive 10th anniversary this year, this thrilling event makes a profound and lasting impact on our young people, their futures as professional artists and arts administrators, and on NYC Public Schools' arts education initiatives,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “We deeply appreciate our partners at the Shubert Foundation for their continued commitment to and investment in this program that enriches the lives of our students and their communities.”

“A program that has thrived for 10 years is an impressive achievement by any measure and we salute the talent of our students and the stellar drama programs of our NYC public schools that are so integral to this success,” said Diana Phillips, President of The Shubert Foundation. “When the festival began, few outside the school communities knew about these outstanding theatre programs but that has now changed. Our Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival has given the students and their teachers a far wider stage and even experienced theatre goers tell us that this night is one of their favorite Broadway events. We could not be more proud.”

Sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, the Festival is presented in partnership with the New York City Public Schools’ (NYCPS) Arts Office. A 2023-24 Shubert Foundation grant of $730,000 funds the Festival and supports a range of existing theatre and arts education programs in New York City public schools. Since 2005, The Shubert Foundation has provided more than $8.6 million to the New York City Department of Education for Theatre and arts education programs.

“When students create theater together, they demonstrate the highest levels of education—applying technique, understanding the context of the play and communicating with others towards a common goal. The Festival serves as a powerful reminder how theatre provides a welcoming place for artists and audiences of all ages to connect, to invest, to empathize…to heal,” said Peter Avery, the Festival's Artistic Producer and the Director of Theatre for New York City Public Schools.

The Shubert Foundation, Inc. is the largest institutional funder of theatre education programs throughout NYC public schools and the nation's largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, with a secondary focus on dance. In 2023, the Foundation provided $37.9 million to 635 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. was established in 1945 by the legendary team of brothers, Lee and J.J. Shubert. Since 1977, more than $613 million has been awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations throughout the United States. For more information, visit

New York City Public Schools is the largest system of public schools in the United States. New York City Public Schools supports universal access to arts education through school support programs, student initiatives and the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education according to city and NY Standards. The Shubert High School Festival for New York City Public Schools highlights the impact of a dedicated theater​ education by showcasing student theater work on a Broadway stage. For more information, visit NYCDOE Celebrate the Arts & Arts Education.


The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors


Robert E. Wankel, Chairman 

Diana Phillips, President

Laura Forese

Wyche Fowler, Jr.

Pamela Newkirk

Richard J. Poccia

Lee J. Seidler

Stuart Subotnick


Executive Director

Vicki Reiss


Senior Program Director

Amy Dorfman Wine


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