Education - QTEd

Summer Performance Program


Show Stoppers: Summer Musical Theatre Program

Rising young stars will create and perform an original pocket-sized musical play in just two weeks!  Our program takes students through the entire of process of creating a musical play from auditions to writing and rehearsing, culminating in a performance on our Mainstage. Working with our professional and dynamic teaching artists, students will engage their imaginations, study the process of theatre and work together as an ensemble to put on a production of their own design during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience. 


QT Show Stoppers Summer Musical Theatre Program is open to all kids – no experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun. Acceptance into the program is on a first come-first served basis. Auditions for roles will take place once the session has begun. Space is limited so register today! We are offering three 2-week sessions.


Registration for Queens Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Program opens March 1, 2020. 



Click Here to Register Online 


Contact Director of Education Richard Hinojosa at if you have any questions regarding our Summer Performance Program.




Available Discounts

Early Registration Discount

Register before April 1, 2020 and we’ll waive the registration fee.

Sibling Discount

Save an additional $25 per child for registering siblings.

Returning Student Discount

Returning students save 10% off total fees.


Registration/Cancellation Policies

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for all sessions. A 50% deposit (plus the $15 registration fee) is required upon registration in order to reserve a space in the program. Full payment is due by July 1st for all sessions. All cancelation requests must be submitted in writing to  Students withdrawing from a session must cancel at least two weeks prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus the $15 registration fee). Students withdrawing from a session less than two weeks prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after the start of the session, regardless of attendance. Queens Theatre reserves the right to cancel any session that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. If the session does not meet our enrollment requirements all payments will be refunded to pre-registered parties in that session.





Show Shoppers

Program Days

Monday - Friday

Primary Program Hours

9:30am - 4pm
(Students bring their own lunch)

Early Drop Off

9am - 9:30am (No Charge)

Program Age Group

7 to 12 years old (Sessions 1 - 3)

13 to 17 years old (Teen Session)

Program Pricing (Per Child)

One Session: $750 per 2 week session
Two or more Sessions: $700 per 2 week session

Program Registration Fee

$15 per child

Program Dates

Session One

July 6, 2020 to July 17, 2020 

Session Two

July 20, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Session Three

August 3, 2020 to August 14, 2020

Teen Session

August 3, 2020 to August 14, 2020 (13 to 17)




SET - Senior Ensemble Theatre

This is your chance to take the spotlight!!

Queens Theatre's Senior Ensemble Theatre (SET) program is running at CommonPoint Queens Senior Center in Little Neck. 

The program meets every Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 PM starting January 8th through April 8th.  No experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun!  

Contact Richard Hinojosa for more information. Email or call 718-971-5839. 

Our community’s senior citizens bring to the performing arts a lifetime rich in human experience.  In six or more decades of living, they have witnessed world-shaking events and ridden the personal roller coasters of joy, sadness, good fortune and adversity that are essential to conveying high-quality theatre.  What better vehicle than the stage for the dramatization of their special insights?  Queens Theatre’s Senior Ensemble Theatre (SET) program provides a vital sense of commitment and joy in the lives of mature adults and demonstrates the possibilities for expanded horizons late in life.

Queens Theatre Education (QTEd) will partner with senior centers in Queens Communities to bring theatre arts to the center’s guests.  QTEd’s Director of Education will work with area senior center Program Directors to engage participants and promote our program in the community. Once the ensemble is gathered, QTEd will hire a professional theatre director/teaching artist and musical director to lead the group in exploring physical and vocal expression through various settings and characters.  The directors will help the ensemble chose scenes, songs and develop monologues that offer a variety of roles well suited for older performers. The material we propose present a positive image of the aging experience and provide an opportunity for seniors to enhance their mental acuity, be physically active and form new and lasting bonds with ensemble members. The directors will guide the ensemble members toward a cabaret-style performance goal. Rehearsals and workshops will take place at the senior center and the final performances will take place at the center as well as in Queens Theatre’s Studio or Cabaret Theatre.  QT’s professional crew will design lights, sound and run the production at the Theatre.  Friends and family will be invited to attend the final performance at QT free of charge.

Here's a snippet of this fall's Senior Ensemble Final Performance at Queens Theatre:





Corona Senior CenterBesa me muchoDancers from Corona Senior Center





Student Matinee Series

Queens Theatre is proud to present a new season of our Student Matinee Series offering students free matinee performances of its Theatre and Dance Series. Each performance takes place on a Friday morning beginning at 10:30 AM (unless otherwise specified). We ask that you please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show begins. There is ample parking available for buses right next to the Theatre. There will be a Talk Back session following the performance and a study guide will be given to each student.  Please limit the number of seats requested to 60.


Student Matinee Events This Season: 

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Hiplet Ballerinas


Seating is limited and is on a “first come, first serve” basis.  To reserve seats for your school, call the box office at 718.760.0064

For more information, please call Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education, at 718.971.5839 or e-mail


Queens Theatre English Language Learner Program


Residency Summary

Queens Theatre Education’s QTELL program facilitates language acquisition, builds confidence and improves story-writing skills by involving students in theatre activities such as improvisation and ensemble building games.  In 12 to 15 week units, English Language Learner (ELL) students will create and perform an original play that is developed through workshops that take them through the entire process of building a story.  First, they discuss plot, setting and character development.  Then they collaborate as a class and utilize all of the group’s ideas to form a single story. Once the story is written, they explore physical, vocal and emotional expression, the elements to staging and staying in character while working as an ensemble to bring their imaginary worlds to life.

QTELL Learning Outcomes

Students will know and/or be able to-

1. Embody a full understanding of English vocabulary used in theatre and storytelling.
2. React with less delay (due to English comprehension) and in a manner that logically makes sense.
3. Contribute their ideas to the group confidently without feeling judged or fear that their idea is not helpful or “wrong”.
4. Participate fully while challenging themselves to take risks.
5. Expand general English vocabulary through story building and acting lessons.
6. Collaborate and say “YES AND” to other’s ideas and feedback. 


Teachers will assist the teaching artist and program director in creating a scaffold for the workshops that are age appropriate and grade specific. The teachers will guide the teaching artist and program through relative and current curriculum.  They will provide reading lists and information on other current units of study that the students are working on during the residency. The teacher and teaching artist will incorporate the units into the workshops.


Partnering teachers are asked to participate in each workshop.  The teaching artist will ask them to do the theatre activities along with the students and then he/she will turn the leadership of some activities over to the teacher.  The goal is to provide the teacher with the ability to lead theatre activities as part of the curriculum after the program has concluded.


The teaching artist, program director, principal and teachers will meet monthly to review how the students and teachers are progressing in the program.  QT will ask teachers to share anecdotal evidence on student performance in class.  The program director will evaluate the progress of the teachers’ professional development during the workshops with the principal.


The program is evaluated through several standards and benchmarks that are both quantitative and qualitative.  In partnership with the school, Queens Theatre will track the students’ performance on the NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) for that school year.  QT will also track the student’s reading levels and running records including fluency, comprehension and interest survey.  QT will also record anecdotal evidence from the teachers on student performance in class. We will interview the student’s teachers from the previous year and evaluate their progress.  QT will also provide all participants, teachers and students, with an opinion survey form to be completed at the beginning middle and end of the program that will help us to evaluate effectiveness from their perspective. Our program is flexible and can be adjusted to meet the particular needs of a school, class or student.  QT’s program director and teaching artist will meet with the teachers and administrators every two weeks during the program to track the students’ progress and to evaluate our methods school-by-school, class-by-class and student- by-student.


Click to download a QTELL residency lesson plan


Since 2007, Queens Theatre has had the privilege of being involved with the CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) program. In that time, we have provided well over 3000 students in over two dozen schools in the Queens community with the opportunity to express their creativity and opinions through the act of creating and performing an original play. The students learned all about the intricacies of theatrical language and techniques but even more importantly they discovered free expression, gained problem solving skills and built community through teamwork and responsibility to the group. 

Our CASA program, or CentreStage as it is known here at Queens Theatre, is generously funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the city council so there is no cost to your school.  We hire and pay a teacher or administrator from your school to help coordinate the program at your institution.  Additionally, we exclusively hire working professional actors, directors and writers, who are also highly trained teaching artists, to go into your school and lend their knowledge and experience to your students.  At the start of the program I meet with the principal, school coordinator and teaching artist in order to shape the program according to your needs. We can design it to focus on literacy or social issues or to a specific subject such as history or science. An important part of learning about the theatre is to experience it. To that end, we invite the students and three of their family members to attend one of our productions free of charge. 

Due to our experience and knowledge with administering CentreStage, the program is run efficiently and is designed to have a high impact. I am constantly evaluating the program for its effectiveness. Twice a week for two hours each day, your students will learn the essential tools of theatre, including improvisation, character and story development, staging, vocal projection and the communication of emotion. CentreStage also employs writing exercises that teach the elements of storytelling. Furthermore, our program gives the students a taste of other performing arts by including at least one song and/or dance number in each play. We also print and bind a special commemorative anthology of the plays and give them as gifts to the students and teachers. 

One of the most remarkable aspects of our program is the culminating event. Early in June, your students are brought here to the Queens Theatre where they are given the chance to perform on our main stage and with a professional theatre director and stage crew.  Lights, set and sound are designed just for them.  We pour all of our expertise and resources into the production so it is of the very highest quality and equal to any of the touring productions that grace our main stage. Family and friends are invited to the theatre, free of charge, to feel the pride and delight that stems from watching their children achieve their goal. It is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved and Queens Theatre is proud to be a part of it. 

We would like to invite your school to participate in our program.  If you are interested in having CentreStage come to your school please contact me at or call me at 718-971-5839. 


Page to Stage

Family Reading Hour

Studies show that reading to your child for just 20 minutes a day helps to improve vocabulary and behavioral performance in school. Page to Stage, now in its third year, bridges the gap between live performance and the written word – bringing books to life as a part of the reading process – while concurrently working to develop a child’s passion for reading. 

Page to Stage focuses on books that have been adapted to the stage and have upcoming productions as a part of the Queens Theatre’s Family Series. A professional teaching artist will perform a dramatic reading of the story (either the whole story or an excerpt, depending on the book’s length) for the children in an intimate setting. The teaching artist will then lead the children in fun and interactive theatre games designed to highlight the themes of the book and nurture creative story building. At the end of the reading/workshop, Queens Theatre will provide participants with a voucher for two tickets to Queens Theatre’s performance of the adaptation of the book read. There are no costs incurred by Queens Library branches and the program is offered free to the public.

Reading Events this season:

TBD (Please refer back here for special readings of The Ugly Duckling, Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables this season)


Living Literature

Page to Stage Living Literature focuses on a selection of literature for adaptation to the stage.  Students choose a short story or a myth and, working with Queens Theatre’s teaching artist staff, analyze its central themes and characters, define the major plot points and determine how best to tell the story in a 10 minute play. Once the script is created, the students work with the teaching artists on staging and rehearsing the play.   


QTEd's Living Literature program will return.  Check back for more details!