Arts, Culture, and Humanities

City Lights Youth Theatre Inc

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.citylightsnyc.org

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Mission Statement

City Lights Youth Theatre's mission is to provide young people of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in theatre experiences in order to develop confidence, teamwork, responsibility, and a greater sense of self and community. Our performing arts classes, full-scale productions, and in-school residencies engage youth in the preparation and performance of theatre. City Lights' students represent a diverse mix of youth from all over New York City. We seek to enable students to develop the focus, confidence, and communication skills that can have a dramatic impact on every aspect of their lives.

Service Areas

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New York

Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer

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Ms. Melissa Fenton Herrod

Keywords

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Youth, Children, Teens,Theatre, Theater,Drama, Arts, Education, Plays, Musical, Scholarship, In-School, After-School, Acting, Classes, Workshops, Productions, Musical Theater, Musical Theatre

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EIN

13-3619299

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Theater (A65)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

THE CORE PROGRAM: Provides age-appropriate and sequential instruction in acting, musical theatre, and playwriting in an after-school and weekend class format. Students perform in a season of productions including student-created, commissioned, and published theatrical works. The Scholarship Fund, integral to City Lights? mission, ensures that a minimum of 50% of the students participating receive financial aid. No child is turned away because of the inability to pay.  Production Program: Annual student productions of classic, contemporary, and newly commissioned plays and musicals are performed by City Lights students throughout the year. These productions range from studio presentations to full productions in Off-Off Broadway theatres.  Origins Project: Originally created in partnership with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, this is a unique learning experience. Each summer for the past eleven years, 15 students enter an intensive five week program. During that time, through research and relevant field trips they learn about a piece of New York history. They then write, produce, and act in their own original play based on what they have studied. IN-SCHOOL DRAMA IMMERSION PROGRAM: Implemented in 1996, offers a variety of arts-in-education residencies to schools throughout the city. Designed to integrate theatre arts instruction into the life of the participating schools, teaching artists tailor workshops to the needs of each classroom. The program emphasizes: academic and personal development, literacy, public speaking, critical thinking, and self-esteem.

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Service Areas

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New York

Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

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CITY LIGHTS YOUTH THEATRE, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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City Lights Youth Theatre Inc

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Principal Officer

Ms. Melissa Fenton Herrod

BIO

Melissa brings twelve years of work experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors to City Lights Youth Theatre. Most recently she conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of a nationwide election program for the Carnegie Foundation. She has served as a Principal Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she assisted Fortune 500 clients and Higher Education Institutions with strategic planning, marketing, and merger integration. She has taught courses in Logic in Writing and Thinking at PwC and Leadership Exploration and Development to first-year MBAs at the University of Chicago. She has also worked in Development and Student Affairs with the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. While there, she created and implemented NYU?s first Parents and Friends Fund campaign. This work also involved planning major fundraising events with entertainment executives, including the premiere of Martin Scorsese?s Casino; a musical theatre tribute to Kitty Carlisle Hart; and a Bill Cosby comedy event to benefit a scholarship fund. Prior to NYU, she managed a small modern dance company in New York where she was responsible for all aspects of the company?s general management and organized a tour to South East Asia. She gained legal experience with the Manhattan District Attorney?s Office, Frauds Bureau, working on white collar criminal cases. Her passion for the arts originated at a young age through her own involvement with dance and theatre, and she has a strong belief in City Lights mission. Throughout her lifetime she has choreographed, danced, sang, and acted in numerous performances. She volunteers her time as an alumni fundraiser for Williams College. Melissa received a B.A. in English from Williams College and a M.B.A. from The Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago in Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michele Willens

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