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2016-2017 Annual Report CUNY • Creative Arts Team


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John Farmer Steven Feder Donna Ferraro Susan C. Ferraro Anne E. Filipic Carol Fineberg Nancy Fink Katy Finn Isaiah Fish Christopher Fleming Stephen Fleming William J. Fleming Naftali Freedman Katharine Freeman Anna Frenkel Nora and Bernie Friedman Sharon Friedman Catherine Frizell Eridania D. Garcia Nydia E. Garcia William Garcia Lydia GastonGreenberg Marilyn Geller Kelly Giammanco Lisa Gianattasio Gilbert Gil Rose L. Ginsberg Zaida Girardi-Dishy Richard C. Girnius Elizabeth Goldenberg Catherine Gomber Casim Gomez Mohit Gourisaria Nicholas Gravante Judith Graziano Max Greenfield Amy & Steve GreenGorelick John Grillo Kyle A. Griswold Betty Gross Linda Sands Gunn Regina Hairston Michael J. Handley Christopher J. Hanke Evie Hantzopoulos Lori & Khaled Haram Heather Harpham Donna M. Campbell & Benjamin T. Hartman Casey & Caleb Hayes -Deats David W. Hedrick Donine S. Hedrick Karen S. Hedrick

Kara Heffernan Christine Helsing Donna Herbst Diane Hirsch Robert G. Hisaoka Vivian Hoffman Rhona Honey Lesley Hope Colleen Horan Deborah Horowitz Lynn C. Howell Sadie Hughes Seraphene Hyde Jeffrey L. Johnson David R. Jones Nicole Jordan Rachel Jordan Julie Kaplan Ira Kent Katarzyna Klimiuk Conrad Kluck Steven Krause Andrea Kreth Judy Kuhn Elana L. Lagerquist Sandra Lamb Mirian L. Landi Marcy Langstein Heather Lanza Renya Larson Micah Lasher Sarah Law Caroline R. Lawson Doris Leggett-Switzer Deidra Legreca Brienne Lemire Heather Lester Joanne Levine Susan Lobel Nikki Lotito Elizabeth MacFarlane Beth Malone Sue Maloney Mark & Robin Mandell Katherine Mapother Christopher Maring Gerald Markowitz Darlene Marsh Jody Martini Bernice McCann Alexandra McConnellWood Kathleen McGill Brigid McGowan Joan McGuinness Timothy McLaughlin Mary Meade Tracy Meade

Anne & Jeff Meyer Gerard Minaya James Montemarano David T. Montgomery Robert P. Mooney Allyson R. Morgan Marialice Morgan Jay & Cathe Morrow Kenneth Naanep Karina Naumer Andrea Negrete Lisa Newman Andrew Nickolson Carol M. Nicodemi Heather Nielsen Lexy Nistico Chao Huang & Harry Nong Kelly Nye Clare M. O'Callahan Elizabeth M. O'Callahan Malachi S. O'Connor Mary Beth O'Connor Michelle M. O'Connor Jane O'Leary Joanne Oliver Kelly O'Neill Levy Jennifer L. Onopa Elyse Orecchio Melody Ortega Carol Oster Debra Otte Michael Ovalle Raul J. Pacheco Leah Page Margaret Panciera Michael Pantone Livia Pantuliano Hana Pantuso Joanne Pantuso Michele B. Parker Daniel Paterson Richard Patterson Helen Perera Diane Peterson Emma Pfaeffle Sarah Phillips Maurica Pitocchi Natalie A. Pizzolo Tara Eden Polen Catherine Price Dahlia Lopez Ramsay Adam Rauscher Cassidy A. Regan Arsenia Reilly-Collins Julia K. Reimer Howard Reizun Claudia Reyes

Susan Richardson Adam Rivera Maraela Rodriguez Presley Rodriguez Ruth E. Rodriguez Caryn Ronis Dana Rosen Shai Rosenfeld Stina J. Rosenquist Gary Roth Jordan Roth Reina M. Rouzaud Peter Rubin Emily R. Rubinstein Tessa Rudnick Deborah Sale Daisy Salomon Anilsa Sanchez Craig Sanders Peter Saraf Shirley Sarna Amy Sawyers-Williams Heidi Scalza Sarah I. Scarantino Janina L. Scarlet Jeremy Schaar Amy Schaffer Richard Schneider Jeffrey Schoenfeld Jonathan William Schultz Joseph C. Schultz Patti Schultz Aran Scott Breifne Scott Edward Scott Dana Scurlock James Serra Lorraine Serra Jordi Sevilla Katerina Shapiro Jonathan & Shannon Sharp Julia Sharpe-Levine Amy C. Schellenbaum Adrienne Silverman Judyth Silverstein Bikram Singh Robert Siragusa George Sirois Chloe Sit David Skeist Gail S. Smith Shadae Lamar Smith Mark A. Snider Martha D. Snider Polly Snider Susan Snider Whitney Snow

Margarita Soto Victoria Stampa Melissa Stauber-Levy Sheila Steffen Ashley R. Stenger Ivan W. Stockman Elizabeth G. Strom Peter C. Sugar Barbara Sullivan Mark Surabian Rebecca H. Sussman Madeleine Swart Judy Sweeney Liz Sweeney Rebecca Sweeney Howard K. Tate Julia Taylor Jane Savitt Tennen Meghan Thayer Nicole Thayer Helen Thomason Julie Ann Tompkins Amanda Torres Nancy Travers E. Triggs-Camacho Ruth M. Trovato Patrick Tuohy Alanna Tweedy David Unger Joey Valderama Ruth E. Vanwhy Luisa Velasco Erick Vera Robin Verity Nicholas Vermane Alexis Vernon Laura K. von Holt Nancy Walker Linda Walls McCartha Ariel Warmflash Benjamin E. Weber David W. Weigel Keith Wheelock Tom White-O'Connor Daniel M. Williams Melanie WillinghamJaggers Michael Wilson Lara Wolf Erin Woodward Laurie Woog Lindsay Wright Rebecca Yaggy Meredith Yuskewich Hannah Zander Lynda Zimmerman

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Thanks to our FY2017 CATalysts New York State    

NYS Council on the Arts Michael Dendekker, NYS Assembly Ron Kim, NYS Assembly Aravella Simotas, NYS Assembly

New York City NYC Dept. of Correction NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs NYC Dept. of Education NYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development New York City Council Citywide Initiative: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 51 Council Members  NYC Council Discretionary & CASA Grants: Inez Barron, Costa Constantinedes, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Inez Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andy King, Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman, Mark Levine, I. Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Helen Rosenthal, Rafael Salamanca, Ritchie Torres, Paul Vallone, Jumaane Williams, Ruben Wills     

Foundations, Corporations, Universities                         

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The Brian A. Patterson Charitable Fund Broadway Artists Connection The City University of New York (CUNY) CUNY ASAP CUNY Black Male Initiative CUNY K-16 Initiatives CUNY LINCT CUNY Next Steps CUNY Office of Student Affairs Community Service Society of New York The Estee Lauder Companies Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship Homes for the Homeless Jewish Communal Fund Joel M. & Eleanor S. Goldberg Fund Fidelity Charitable Jujamcyn Theaters The Lucille Lortel Foundation Morgan Stanley New York Community Trust: Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education NYU School of Professional Studies The Onyx Group - Rina Baptiste Penguin USA RBC Wealth Management Rose Polidoro Enterprises, Inc. Seoul National University of Education Stephen and Myrna Greenberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Individuals Reem Abukishk Casem AbuLughod Keith Alston Lois S. Amend Tara Amitrano Ellen Ancui Phillip R. Anzalone Julia Arazi Sandra Arkenau Valerie Asciutto Danny Ashkenasi Meghan Farley Astrachan Frank Avella Sarah J. Avery Alexa Aviles Maria Aviles Mirriam Perri & Muriel Badgeley Ann Marie Balcerzak Lisa Ball Daniel Jay Banks Dominick Barbera Margaret Barnhart Sherry Lynn Noris & John Bauman Stephanie M. Bayard Howard Becker Jodi L. Beckwith Paul Bedard Martha Partidge & Robert Benford Rori J. Bergman Ashley Berman Linda Bermas Enid Hamelin & Asher Bernstein Maren Berthelsen Emma Bilderback Thomas J. Black Benjamin Blackshear Reyna Bonaparte Ian Bowater Brandon Braithwaite Cameron Breen Deborah E. Breen Melanie Breen Stuart Brewton Alan Brightman Ellen Brown Kristel J. Brown Angela Bruen Maria Buck Jack Bulger Laura Corazon Cabochan Brigette Carman Daniel Carrier Jacob Castillo

Joseph Del Castillo Michael Cerveris Kathleen Chalfant Susan Champa Katharine Chaston Roberto Chavez Laurence Checler Tommy Chin Charlie Ciuffo Candy Clark Kesha Clarke Nancy Clarke Karen R. Cohen Patricia Conway Carole H. Cook Ria Cooper John Cosentino Jessica Crowe-Rothstein Alexandria Cruz Gerald Cuesta Colin Cunliffe Kenneth C. Curtin Metta Dael Yvonne Dallam Judith Daly Robin D'Amato Stacy E. Davidowitz Claro de los Reyes Amy De Stefano Irene DeBlasio Lawrence DeBlasio Madelene DeLeon Thomas DeLorenzo Colette Desbas Donna M. Desideri Miki'ala S. DeVivo Olivia DiMattio Linda E. Dishy Neil Dombrow Tara Donahue Catherine M. Donohue Christine O. Donohue Claire Donohue Theresa C. Donohue Joseph F. Donohue, Jr. Kerry Dorio Heather Doucet Bernadette Drumgoole Patrick Duggan Lyvon Edebiri Dana Edell Stephanie S. Eiss Edem A. Ekpe Ramy Eletreby Lora Hendrick & Richard Ellenson Staci Emanuel Jessica Epstein

Dear Friends, FY17 marked the 43rd anniversary of CAT’s groundbreaking work in classrooms and communities throughout New York City and the 12th year as a division of The City University of New York. FY17 also saw the retirement of Founding Executive Director Lynda Zimmerman. As CAT’s new Executive Director, I am honored to continue CAT’s legacy and on-going commitment to using theatre with, for, and by our communities to ask essential questions and encourage creativity and critical engagement with the world. CAT’s extraordinarily talented and dedicated staff of educators and teaching artists includes twenty full time staff and more than 50 part-time teaching artists. CAT’s personnel have backgrounds in theater making, performance, education, diverse academic subjects and activism. Every day, I am inspired by them and by the students and adults who participate in our programs throughout New York City. Since its founding in 1974, CAT has reached more than 1,250,000 participants. As one of the largest and longest running arts-in-education organizations in New York City, CAT continues to thrive as a vital part of our city’s cultural landscape. CAT’s reach extends to the national and international level as an award-winning leader in educational theatre. In FY17, with the support of our public and private sector funders, we partnered with nearly 200 schools, community sites and campuses across NYC to serve more than 18,000 individuals. Our work responded to a broad range of needs and ambitions voiced by incredibly diverse participants. CAT helped them learn how to manage the challenges that life throws at all of us; gain new skills for school, work and life; and meet their goals, whether it was earning a degree, reducing violence in their schools and communities, or using theatre to examine critical social issues. I am pleased to share this FY17 Annual Report detailing the innovative and ‘dramatic’ approaches CAT takes. On behalf of the thousands of participants we were able to positively impact this past year, I applaud our program and funding partners for your generosity and commitment to supporting the success of New York youth and adults.

Jeanne Houck, Ph.D. Executive Director

“I like the people at CAT because you can learn and develop your ideas and change the world together.” —CAT Youth Theatre Member

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Thanks To You… 18,292

Students, Teachers and Parents benefitted from

CAT programs in every New York City Council District in FY2017. The partnerships CAT has developed with the public and private sector have enabled CAT to reach young people and their families in all five boroughs. You are an essential partner in CAT’s innovative, critically important educational outreach, helping us provide interactive, issue-based programs that: 

Strengthen academic achievement;

Support youth development and social-emotional growth; and

Increase resiliency in NYC’s young people.

In 2018, we aim to continue to expand how CAT uses drama as a platform for positive youth development and the development of social emotional skills, particularly with at-risk populations and disenfranchised youth, and in partnership with CUNY, City and State agencies, and other nonprofit and community-based organizations. On behalf of the students, teachers, parents and Creative Arts Team members involved in our programs, we offer our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support. We are pleased with this successful year of service and look forward to expanding our efforts in FY 2018.

Thank you for your collective commitment to supporting the needs of young New Yorkers.

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“I asked Shoba, an Indian woman who regularly participates in center activities… what would happen if you pulled in your friends, those seniors who usually just exercise at the center and then go home? What happened is that they took ownership over the theater arts program!” - Program Director, Forest Hills Senior Center

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Inside this report… About CUNY-CAT ................................................................................... 7 CUNY-CAT in FY2017—by the numbers .............................................. 8 Early Learning........................................................................................ 10 Literacy Through Drama ..................................................................... 12 Violence Prevention ............................................................................ 14 After School Programs ......................................................................... 16

College & Workplace Readiness & Success ................................... 18 Life Skills .................................................................................................. 20 Youth Theatre........................................................................................ 22 Shakespeare ......................................................................................... 24 Professional Development .................................................................. 26 CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre .............................................. 28 Where we were in FY2017 ................................................................... 30 Acknowledgments ............................................................................... 32

FY2017 CATalysts................................................................................... 34

“I’ve come to realize how much of an impact one person could make to an entire community. All it takes would be for them to speak up and participate.” —High School Student “Something that I enjoyed a lot during the workshop is the acting and the way how we all worked together.” —Elementary Student “We’ll make time for me and my kids to enjoy each other and to learn together.” —Participating Parent

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“My favorite part is when they ask us teens about challenges we face in our life, because we never really get to talk about it. And it’s a good way for us to express ourselves.” —High School Student

“I liked that the workshop was very interactive and met students in their everyday lives. It was a great help and informative to them during a difficult time... Excellent.” —CUNY Faculty 5


City College of New York Community Health Academy of the Heights CUNY Office of Academic Affairs District 2 Pre-K Center at 1 Peck Slip District 2 Pre-K Center at 52 Chambers Street (TWEED) District 2 Pre-K Center at 590 Sixth Avenue District 79 Office of Student Support Services Frederick Douglass Academy Guttman Community College Harlem Children's Zone UPK High School for Health Professions and Human Services Hunter College IS 528 Bea Fuller Rodgers Jeffery C. Tenzer Learning Center John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Lucille Lortell Theatre Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) Martin Luther King, Jr. High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice Millenium High School New York City Department of Education New York City Department of Education New York Public Library - Mid-Manhattan Branch NYU College Advising Corps Pathways College Preparatory School PS 030 Hernandez/Hughes PS 036 Margaret Douglas PS 123 The Mahalia Jackson School PS 125 Ralph Bunche PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos PS 163 Alfred E. Smith PS 175 Henry H Garnet PS 197 John B. Russwurm PS 314 Muscota PS/IS 276 Battery Park City School Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center- Senior Center The Door The Heritage School The River School UFT Headquarters University Settlement Wagner Pre-K Center

Queens

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Central Queens YM & YWCA Energy Tech High School Excelsior Preparatory High School Forest Hills High School Forest Hills Neighborhood Senior Center Fortune Society

George Motchan Detention Center High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture Horizons Academy-GMDC Rikers I.S. 204 The Oliver W. Holmes School Information Technology High School IS 237 Rachel Carson Intermediate School 237 Q JHS 185 Edward Bleeker LaGuardia Community College NYPL Queens Public Library- Far Rockaway Branch Pan American International High School PS 002Q Alfred Zimberg School PS 054 Hillside PS 092Q Harry T. Stewart Sr. PS 117 Keld/Briarwood School PS 121 Queens PS 124 Osmund A. Church PS 134 Hollis The Langston Hughes School PS 149Q Christa Mcauliffe PS 151Q Mary D. Carter PS 159Q PS 171Q Peter G. Van Alst PS 188 Kingsbury PS 212 PS 222Q Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School PS 228Q Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts PS 229Q Emanuel Kaplan PS 234 PS/IS 268 Queens Public Library- Jamaica Branch Queens Public Library- Long Island City Branch Queensborough Community College Renaissance Charter School Robert N. Davoren Center Rose M. Singer Center Saratoga Family Inn The Borough Center (Queens) The Fortune Society The Laurel Hill School UFT Queens Borough Office Waterside Children's Studio School York Early College Academy

Staten Island College of Staten Island Tottenville High School United Activities Unlimited

Other Boston Park Plaza Hotel Seoul National University of Education 31


Where we were in FY2017... Bronx

Brooklyn

Astor Collegiate Academy BIRCH Family Services- Riverdale Early Childhood Center Bronx Community College Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning Bronx High School for the Visual Arts Bronx Public Library- Mott Haven Branch Bronx School for Law Government and Justice Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists Bronx Works Eximius College Preparatory Academy Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School H.E.R.O. High Hostos Community College IS 217 School of Performing Arts Lehman College Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies North Bronx School of Empowerment NYPL Bronx Public Library- West Farms Branch Pelham Preparatory Academy Prospect Family Inn PS 021X Philip H. Sheridan PS 028X Mount Hope PS 042 Claremont PS 103 Hector Fontanez PS 146 Edward "Pop" Collins School PS 160X The Disney School PS 196X PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School School For Excellence The Highbridge Green School University Heights Secondary School

Academy of Innovative Technology Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn College Brooklyn College Academy Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School Brooklyn Generation High School Brooklyn High School of the Arts Brooklyn Public Library- Bedford Branch Brooklyn Public Library- New Lots Branch Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, And Technology Cobble Hill School of American Studies District 20 Pre-K Center at 59th Street High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus JHS 259 William McKinley School Kingsborough Community College Medgar Evers College Midwood High School at Brooklyn College New York City College of Technology Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow Pre-K Center at 1258 65th Street PS 015K Patrick F. Daly PS 105 The Blythebourne School PS 119 The Amersfort School PS 156 Waverly School PS 164 Caesar Rodney School PS 184 Newport PS 188 Michael E. Berdy PS 214 Michael Friedsam PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School PS 308 Clara Cardwell School PS 316 Elijah Stroud Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College School at Erasmus The School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers, and Performers UFT Brooklyn Borough Office Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare Urban Assembly Unison School Urban Dove Team Charter School William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School YMCA Greater NY YMCA Greater NY- Y Roads Eastern District

Manhattan

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Baruch College Borough of Manhattan Community College CAT Training Center Chinese-American Planning Council

About CAT WHO WE ARE: The Creative Arts Team (CAT) is an arts-in-education program at The City University of New York (CUNY) serving more than 18,000 people annually in New York City, across the nation and around the world. CAT, an innovative leader in the international field of educational and applied theatre since 1974, provides interactive drama programs for students, teachers, parents and adults. CAT works closely on a number of projects with CUNY’s M.A. program in Applied Theater, founded by CAT staff in 2008 as the nation’s first degree program in this field.

WHAT WE DO: Theatre cultivates a unique skill set that is indispensable for the 21st Century – primarily communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. CAT enriches the lives of our participants through a pedagogy which combines educational drama strategies with research-based theories and practices to create participant-centered, interactive drama experiences. The needs, strengths and learning styles of participants inform the actual content of workshops. CAT offers a wide range of programs for students (pre-K through college), educators, parents, schools, and communities that serve diverse needs, such as College Success and Workplace Readiness, Bullying Prevention, Literacy and Healthy Choices, as well as arts enrichment.

With over four decades of dedicated school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, and our award-winning Youth Theatre, CAT has reached over a million students, educators, parents, community members and teaching artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world.

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FY2017—By The Numbers...

4,052 2,297 936 3,585 5,246 $0

High School and Non-Traditional Students participated in CAT’s College Readiness programs

standard-bearer

“...a for socially conscious artists in training.” (American Theatre Magazine) Elementary, Middle & High School students participated in CAT’s After-School Programs

Elementary, Middle & High School students, including homeless populations, participated in CAT’s Bullying & Violence Prevention Programs

NYC Teachers participated in CAT’s Professional Development workshops

Pre-K—12th Graders and young adults throughout NYC participated in CAT’s literacy programs

cost to a student to participate in any CAT program

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CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre The MA in Applied Theatre (MAAT) degree program, the first of its kind in the nation, uses theatre as a medium for education and social development. Students use theatre and drama in a wide variety of non-traditional contexts and venues – including the justice system, healthcare, the political arena, community development, classrooms, museums, and social service agencies. The MA in Applied Theatre was founded in 2008 by members of the Creative Arts Team, The MA program continues to collaborate closely with CAT’s Youth Theatre and other programs. The goal of the program is to educate scholar-practitioners to become future leaders in the field of applied theatre. Students explore key theories in theatre, education, development, and community building, and acquire the skills and strategies necessary for creating and implementing the work. Students gain real-world experience by building and delivering community-based applied theatre projects to earn their degree. A bi-annual visiting artists program brings MAAT students and faculty to teach educational theatre techniques to drama teachers at the University of Rwanda.

MAAT Impact:      

77 Current Students 150 Alumni 71 Collaborative Thesis Projects 109 Community Partners 63 Students or Alumni who work, or have worked, with CAT 6 Years of Project Rwanda

“The Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Program not only gave me access to an existing artistic community but taught me how to build my own. We had to go out and secure community partnerships. Faculty were always there to help us, but made sure we made the first move. Picking my own topics added meaning to my work and deepened the confidence with which I worked. Much of what I am doing now grew out of projects I started while at MAAT.”

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4,113

New Yorkers participated in CAT’s Theatre programs and/or performances

1,236 173 3,711 5,404 18,292

Non-Traditional participants included youth and adults in correctional facilities; court-involved youth; and families in transitional housing.

Schools & Community Sites received CAT services in FY2017

New Yorkers benefitted from City Council grants awarded to CAT, via discretionary allocations, CASA, SU-CASA, Dropout & Violence Prevention programs.

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CUNY students participated in CAT workshops

Young People and Adults, Parents and Educators participated in CAT programs in FY2017

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Professional Development 100% 97%

of participating Young Adult Literacy Providers said they were able to apply what they learned in their classrooms and turnkey the strategies for more staff at their sites, and that the workshops helped address the diverse learning needs of their students.

A vital part of CAT’s mission is to share the interactive, studentcentered teaching methods that make such an impact with young people, ensuring that our work doesn’t end when our actor-teachers leave the classroom. To that end, CAT has been providing professional development opportunities for educators and other youth development professionals for decades. CAT’s robust, practical workshops are enjoyable, hands-on, and tailored to address pertinent topics within the greater NYC community. In 2017, CAT was certified by NYSED as a CTLE (Continuing Teacher & Leader Education) provider, so CAT training can support teacher licensing requirements. In FY2017, CAT’s professional development outreach included workshops in Early Childhood Education, School Violence Prevention, Shakespeare, Dropout Prevention and College Readiness, as well as workshops for Homes for the Homeless educators. FY2017 also included presentations at several conferences, including: American Alliance for Theatre Education, NYC Arts In Education Roundtable Face to Face and CUNY Black Male Initiative Annual Conference. FY2017 was CAT’s third year as Technical Assistance Provider for 16 Young Adult Literacy Programs (YALP) across all 5 boroughs. The overarching goals are to offer support and training in program and curriculum design, student recruitment and retention, partnership facilitation, and dissemination of best practices. YALP sites work with Pre-HSE youth—overaged, under-credited youth (16-24 year-olds reading at a 4th grade level), to put them on track for improving their skills and passing the High School Equivalency exam. In FY17, CAT broadened the approach and dialog about YALP becoming a more actively engaged trauma-informed community by highlighting the interconnectedness of positive youth development, student engagement and youth participation principles, social-emotional learning competencies, cultural responsiveness and restorative justice.

FY2017 Impact:

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1,459 Educators and Youth Development Professionals 2,126 Conference Participants 157 Parents 539 YALP Practitioners & Young Adults from 16 Sites 226 YALTA Workshops, Events & Observations 606 Professional Development, Conference & Parent Workshops

“I came face to face with my own accountability— wicked challenging and really important!” - Early Childhood Educator “[I will] practice what I learned from the PD in my everyday instruction to develop students’ engagement confidence & graded improvement.” – Instructor, Dist. 79 “Best PD in two decades of theatre and dance PDs.” – NYCSSF Teacher “[The workshop] was a tiny bit of another world that is possible in nontraditional learning/educating.” - YALP Instructor 27


Early Learning 97%

of participating classroom teachers utilized interactive strategies for classroom management and students were active, engaged and on-task. CAT’s Early Learning Program (ELP) uses interactive drama to strengthen literacy, critical thinking, and essential social-emotional skills among pre-k through 2nd grade students. Additionally, the ELP team trains teachers in participant-centered pedagogy and drama strategies to help them meet Common Core Standards and better engage children, including those who are traditionally harder to reach. In FY17, with the support of the NYCT Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education for a third year, ELP provided an intensive matrix of professional development workshops, in-class residences and parent workshops to 8 New York City public schools, to bolster literacy skills among under-resourced students. ELP also continued its partnerships with Birch Family Services, educational centers for young people with autism and other developmental disabilities; Homes for the Homeless, a group of Tier II transitional housing shelters for families; and with United Federation of Teachers, providing professional development workshops to its members. ELP’s groundbreaking work with early childhood students continues to prompt requests from the city for CAT staff to share their work. ELP’s director, Helen Wheelock, has led a series of trainings for the New York Public Library, the New York Education’s Department of Arts and Special Projects, and NYC DOE District 2 Pre-K centers.

FY2017 Impact:  3,421 Early Learners from Head Start & Pre-K through 2nd Grade  779 Early Childhood Educators  157 Parents  45 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  48 Emergent Literacy & Mentoring Residencies  261 Professional Development Workshops  36 Parent Workshops  1,953 Direct Student Service Hours; 2,664 Total Service Hours 26

“One of the success stories in my classroom is that one particular student would always shine during CAT. I noticed he would participate more often. He would also repeat and attempt to learn more of the English language during CAT. I remember the first time he used a complete sentence was through the creative arts… I see my students thinking creatively, improvising and enjoying stories because of CAT! Thank you CAT for being a great and influential program for my students!” Teacher, PS 228Q 11


NYC Student Shakespeare Festival 100%

of participating teachers reported increased literacy and social-emotional competencies among their students, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, interpreting and making connections, collaboration and creative problem solving. Founded in 1993 on the belief that Shakespeare is best learned in the act of performing his words, CAT's NYC Student Shakespeare Festival (NYCSSF) has provided more than 10,000 young people and 400 teachers with a chance to create their own work of original theatre using Shakespeare's text and to perform their work on an off-Broadway stage. Participating teachers from schools throughout the city attend an interactive Professional Development series, followed by in-class residencies with our Shakespeare Festival teaching artists. Teachers and their students create a 10-minute scene, exploring an issue important to the students using only the words of Shakespeare. This diverse group of students and teachers then come together to perform their scenes and participate in peer-to-peer feedback sessions at the culminating, multiday Festival. FY17 was our second year of requiring that each piece include a rap, song, or rhythmic chant using Shakespeare’s text. This wildly successful experiment, with students age 6 to 18 rapping and singing their way through Shakespeare’s legendary poetry, made our 2017 Festival the best yet. Teachers found a beautiful balance of freedom and structure with their students, offering them a powerful expressive tool to tackle such issues as bullying, racism, misogyny, gossip and the media, and all types of love and family tension, through the words of William Shakespeare. CAT has found that addressing topical issues through the lens of Shakespeare often gives students (and teachers) more accessible ways to understand and love Shakespeare.

FY2017 Impact:

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633 2nd-12th Grade Students 24 Teacher participants 22 Classes from 17 citywide participating Schools 102 Shakespeare in the Classroom Workshops 15 Hours of Professional Development 3 Culminating Festival Days at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 445 Direct Student Service Hours

“The Festival is a reminder to me of the power of CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Socialemotional learning is just as important as developing academic skills. CAT’s Student Shakespeare Festival accomplishes BOTH beautifully.” - Participating Middle School Teacher “I learned that I was born to be a Shakespearean actor.” - 7th Grade Student 25


Literacy Through Drama 62%

of tracked students improved their grades by 3 or more points in English Language Arts (ELA) or Social Studies. CAT’s Literacy Through Drama (LTD) program is anchored is using drama to examine the world; in doing so participants are provided opportunities to explore social and academic literacy. FY17 Literacy Initiatives included year-long, intensive, in-school residencies in seven high schools, and yearlong after-school programs in three middle schools and two high schools. The in-school, project-based curriculum, developed in close coordination with classroom teachers, directly addressed academic learning objectives in accordance with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and other subjects with the goal of improving academic skills, socioemotional health, world readiness and active global citizenship. The after-school program gave students the ability to express themselves creatively in ways they did not often have during in-school hours. The program was a creative space where participants were accepted and their limits challenged through thoughtful, quality dramatic and creative experiences. The facilitators worked together to create a balance of structure and freedom while striving to meet the participants where they are, academically and socio-emotionally. If FY17, CAT began a 3-year after-school program, COMPASS, to provide encouragement, support and a sense of community to help participants successfully transition from middle school to high school, stay on track through the 10th grade, and make the most of their high school experience.

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2,120 Direct Service Hours of Literacy Programming 445 In-School Students, Grades 3-6 146 In-School Students, Grades 6-8 845 In-School Students, Grades 9-12 100 After-School Students, Grades 6-8 61 After-School Students, Grades 9-12 134 Summer Intensive Students, Grades 9-12 37 Literacy Residencies 12 Schools in Year-Long Programs

“My favorite part of this class was the interactiveness and freedom of creativity that was incorporated into each meeting. The games were the best but the activities where we used ourselves and objects to create scenes and stories were great as well.” “My favorite part of this class was having the chance to perform in front of everyone, also sharing my ideas. Also, my favorite part of this class was just having fun and creating ideas or brainstorming.” - High School Students

19 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites 13


Youth Theatre 92%

of CAT Youth Theatre Members reported that the program increased their performance skills and helped them use the power of theatre to communicate and explore what is happening in the world around them. CAT Youth Theatre is an award-winning after-school program that helps young people to thrive–on stage and in life. Membership is free and there are no auditions required, just a commitment to be an active participant of the CAT Youth Theatre community. Members create socially relevant, artistically sophisticated original plays while learning vital life skills, enabling youth to become self-confident, compassionate and accountable; to develop relationships across differences; build community; and be prepared to act as contributing citizens. The collaborative theatre process gives young people the opportunity to make new meanings from the material of their lives. Members learn theatre skills, such as improvisation and scene work, rehearsal, critical reflection, and group discussion as they look at the world around them, decide what they want their theatre to say, and what their role in the world should be. It inspires creativity, builds self-esteem and resiliency, broadens horizons, and develops social awareness. The CAT Youth Theatre presented 10 performances of LAN*GUAGE, the 2017 original show, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in February. It focused on the power of the spoken word, and challenged violent language, hate speech, derogatory terminology, and outdated clichés. Scenes explored ancestry, history, mother tongues being taken away or forbidden, the relationship between language and culture, what we value, and the current political climate. CAT’s Youth Theatre program for middle school students, Junior Youth Theatre, presented three original performances throughout the year – ALL AT SEA in August, LITTLE RED REMIX in December, and HEALTHY LIFE in May. Youth Theatre alumni closed out FY17 with a performance by The Ensemble, a select group of skilled devisers and performers.

FY2017 Impact:  65 High School Students/Youth Theatre Members  67 Middle School Students/Jr. Youth Theatre Members  593 Hours of After-School Theatre Programming  959 Audience Members attended the Youth Theatre production at Baruch Performing Arts Center

 216 Audience Members attended the three Jr. Youth Theatre shows 14

“The main reason I come to CAT is for the love and the diversity. CAT is filled with such loving and amazing people and it creates such a beautiful community that I feel privileged to be a part of. The diversity is so important because my school lacks that and I feel it’s necessary to see and hear other people’s stories and experiences.” “I’ve learned to say what I wanted to say about certain issues that I felt strongly about earlier but never had the voice to say earlier.” - Youth Theatre Members 23


Violence Prevention 94%

of participating students said the CAT workshops

helped them learn the consequences of violent behavior; 91% said they learned about differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. CAT works with students and adults to identify and address the root triggers for aggression and conflict -- from cyberbullying to gun violence. Drama-based workshops help participants identify what bullying and violence looks like in a variety of scenes and settings, and provides a space to practice critical thinking, deescalation, and pro-social communication. Whether participants take the role of aggressor, victim or bystander, all come to see the consequences each one’s actions can have to improve the situation – or make it combust. In FY2017, CAT delivered violence prevention programming including in-school student workshops and professional developments to promote safe school environments. The workshops gave participants a voice in defining healthy relationships, analyzing power dynamics, and examining hierarchies. CAT delivered in-school violence prevention residencies at PS/MS 308 and Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn, and IS 204 in Queens as part of the City Council’s Crisis Management Systems initiative, and brought violence prevention workshops to other sites by request, including middle schools, high schools, and transitional housing facilities.

FY2017 Impact:        

22

66 Elementary & Middle School Students in Transitional Housing Sites 566 Middle School Students 328 High School Students & Community Members 20 Educators from Transitional Housing Sites 25 Residencies 256 Workshops for Students 625 Direct Student Service Hours, 630 Total 10 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites

“The students are engaged and very expressive. Based on conversation with a parent the students are definitely reflecting on the class workshops and experiencing an impact.” – High School Teacher “My ‘aha’ was hearing other peoples’ views on deescalation, like meeting privately so that other people don’t try to escalate the problem, not resolving in someone being embarrassed.” – High School Student “I learned different people vent and think about conflicts in different points of view.”

– High School Student

15


Life Skills 94% 100%

of participating youth reported that the CAT workshops helped them identify unhealthy behavior and early warning signs of high-conflict situations, helped them develop coping strategies for stressful situations and inspired them to invest in their own well-being.

CAT’s College and Adult Program (CAP) focuses on specific issues, circumstances and behaviors that create obstacles in our everyday lives, particularly as they affect academic and career opportunities. CAP workshops encourage participants to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of these challenges to discover solutions and hone problem-solving, decision-making, self-advocacy, communication and critical thinking skills. CAP works with diverse traditional and nontraditional populations: high school students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated, people in transitional housing, immigrants and CUNY students. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to keep them there through graduation, and ready them for entering the workforce. Program partners include: CUNY LINCT, CUNY Prep, CUNY ASAP, College Focus, Black Male Initiative, and Fatherhood Academy; as well as Homes for the Homeless and Rikers Island Detention Facilities In 2016-17, the CAP team began CUNY Next Steps, a new partnership with CUNY and Rikers Island, focusing for the first time on the adult population. Life Skills residencies with the youth population at Rikers continued, addressing topics such as college and workplace readiness, health and wellness, communication and financial literacy. The adult population examined the difference between having a job and a career, and explored translating their passions into ambition and profession. They dug into work readiness through non-traditional exposure to entrepreneurial artists, including guest musicians, playwrights, filmmakers, historians, storytellers and poets. Participants received the artists with curiosity and engagement, joining in a wide variety of activities and discussions. The program culminated in an emotional ceremony, during which they accepted CUNY-CAT Certificates and court letters and were able to visit with family members.

“This program gave me an idea of other people’s point of view.” - Rikers Youth Participant “The questions and discussions are a very nice way to get the [young men] thinking.”

- Rikers Staff

FY2017 Impact:

16

242 Incarcerated Youth

273 Incarcerated Adults

600 Hours of Direct Service

4 Rikers Island Detention Facilities 21


After-School Programs 100%

of responding school staff noted improved selfexpression, collaboration, problem-solving, and characterdevelopment skills; 86% reported increased empathy and improved observation, focus and performative/presentation skill. CAT brings a youth-driven, student-centered approach to hundreds of students in dozens of schools each year, through after-school drama programs that support NYS Arts Standards and NYC Blueprint theatre learning standards while fostering social-emotional and academic growth. In FY13, CAT developed the Theatre Arts Program (TAP), an ongoing after-school theatre-making program for the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, which had no previous theatre programming. Since then, CAT has developed many CASA (Cultural After School Adventures) programs, providing similar theatre-making models in elementary, middle and high schools across the city. In FY17, CAT’s 22 CASA programs throughout the city served students ranging from first graders to high schoolers. First grade students worked on theatre games and interactive storytelling, using classic fairy tales to fuel role playing, improvisation and narrative structures. 2nd to 5th grade students focused on improvisation, creating characters and scenes, building group dynamics, and sharing presentations. In middle and high schools, youth ideas and voices were at the center of the theater-making process. Through theater exercises, such as tableau, role play, discussion and scene development, students identified what they wanted to work on, then collectively created and performed their ideas. Once they had built an "ensemble" and were comfortable with the creative tools, they collaborated to make pieces that expressed their ideas about the world. Most residencies culminated in final sharings, during which students performed scenes, read work, and engaged visitors in their favorite interactive exercises. Audiences included parents, siblings, friends, teachers and community members.

FY2017 Impact:

20

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58 After-School Residencies held in 28 Schools 161 Middle & High School Students in Literacy Programs 695 Elementary, Middle & High School Students in Theatre Programs

4,095 Direct Service Hours

“A very shy student who (according to her teacher) does not often participate in class, surprised us all with her role in the final performance she worked with 3 other girls and performed a skit, taking a very vocal role.” “The participant groups were quite eclectic. The students represented our English Language Learners as well as our Special Needs students. Seeing them work collaboratively during Grandma’s Keys and happily competitive during Sheep & Shepherds was particularly impressive. Mr. A and Ms. T are truly gifted children’s theater arts leaders.”

Elementary School Staff 17


College & Workplace Readiness & Success 100%

of participating CUNY staff members reported that the Freshman Orientation sessions gave students a better understanding of the resources and services available to them on campus, and helped students acknowledge how vital time management, communication and leadership skills are to their success in college. CAT’s College and Adult Program (CAP) focuses on specific issues, circumstances and behaviors that create obstacles in our everyday lives, particularly as they affect academic and career opportunities. CAP workshops encourage participants to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of these challenges to discover solutions and hone problem-solving, decision-making, selfadvocacy, communication and critical thinking skills.

CAP works with diverse traditional and nontraditional populations: high school students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated, people in transitional housing, immigrants and CUNY students. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to keep them there through graduation, and ready them for entering the workforce. Program partners include: CUNY LINCT, CUNY Prep, CUNY ASAP, College Focus, Black Male Initiative, and Fatherhood Academy; as well as Homes for the Homeless and Rikers Island Detention Facilities (see Life Skills on the following page). In 2016-17, the CAP team increased their footprint on CUNY campuses by leading college orientation sessions for more than 2,700 incoming CUNY students. CAP continued to provide workshops addressing Title IX Sexual Harassment and Hazing issues, adding to a menu of other workshops ranging from Financial Literacy and confronting our violent culture, to communicating effectively with a professor, or improving time management.

“I thought this was an AMAZING workshop for the students. I loved all of the interactions, the listening games, communication games & skills. I am amazed at how they learned to work together. This should be in ALL schools to get our students college ready!” – CUNY Faculty

FY2017 Impact:

18

1,304 Middle & High School Students

5,428 College Students

58 Sites, including 17 College campuses, 22 High Schools and 1 Middle School

“One moment I had was the ‘SMART’ goals, I never learned how to make obtainable goals before.”

– CUNY Student 19


College & Workplace Readiness & Success 100%

of participating CUNY staff members reported that the Freshman Orientation sessions gave students a better understanding of the resources and services available to them on campus, and helped students acknowledge how vital time management, communication and leadership skills are to their success in college. CAT’s College and Adult Program (CAP) focuses on specific issues, circumstances and behaviors that create obstacles in our everyday lives, particularly as they affect academic and career opportunities. CAP workshops encourage participants to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of these challenges to discover solutions and hone problem-solving, decision-making, selfadvocacy, communication and critical thinking skills.

CAP works with diverse traditional and nontraditional populations: high school students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated, people in transitional housing, immigrants and CUNY students. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to keep them there through graduation, and ready them for entering the workforce. Program partners include: CUNY LINCT, CUNY Prep, CUNY ASAP, College Focus, Black Male Initiative, and Fatherhood Academy; as well as Homes for the Homeless and Rikers Island Detention Facilities (see Life Skills on the following page). In 2016-17, the CAP team increased their footprint on CUNY campuses by leading college orientation sessions for more than 2,700 incoming CUNY students. CAP continued to provide workshops addressing Title IX Sexual Harassment and Hazing issues, adding to a menu of other workshops ranging from Financial Literacy and confronting our violent culture, to communicating effectively with a professor, or improving time management.

“I thought this was an AMAZING workshop for the students. I loved all of the interactions, the listening games, communication games & skills. I am amazed at how they learned to work together. This should be in ALL schools to get our students college ready!” – CUNY Faculty

FY2017 Impact:

18

1,304 Middle & High School Students

5,428 College Students

58 Sites, including 17 College campuses, 22 High Schools and 1 Middle School

“One moment I had was the ‘SMART’ goals, I never learned how to make obtainable goals before.”

– CUNY Student 19


After-School Programs 100%

of responding school staff noted improved selfexpression, collaboration, problem-solving, and characterdevelopment skills; 86% reported increased empathy and improved observation, focus and performative/presentation skill. CAT brings a youth-driven, student-centered approach to hundreds of students in dozens of schools each year, through after-school drama programs that support NYS Arts Standards and NYC Blueprint theatre learning standards while fostering social-emotional and academic growth. In FY13, CAT developed the Theatre Arts Program (TAP), an ongoing after-school theatre-making program for the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, which had no previous theatre programming. Since then, CAT has developed many CASA (Cultural After School Adventures) programs, providing similar theatre-making models in elementary, middle and high schools across the city. In FY17, CAT’s 22 CASA programs throughout the city served students ranging from first graders to high schoolers. First grade students worked on theatre games and interactive storytelling, using classic fairy tales to fuel role playing, improvisation and narrative structures. 2nd to 5th grade students focused on improvisation, creating characters and scenes, building group dynamics, and sharing presentations. In middle and high schools, youth ideas and voices were at the center of the theater-making process. Through theater exercises, such as tableau, role play, discussion and scene development, students identified what they wanted to work on, then collectively created and performed their ideas. Once they had built an "ensemble" and were comfortable with the creative tools, they collaborated to make pieces that expressed their ideas about the world. Most residencies culminated in final sharings, during which students performed scenes, read work, and engaged visitors in their favorite interactive exercises. Audiences included parents, siblings, friends, teachers and community members.

FY2017 Impact:

20

   

58 After-School Residencies held in 28 Schools 161 Middle & High School Students in Literacy Programs 695 Elementary, Middle & High School Students in Theatre Programs

4,095 Direct Service Hours

“A very shy student who (according to her teacher) does not often participate in class, surprised us all with her role in the final performance she worked with 3 other girls and performed a skit, taking a very vocal role.” “The participant groups were quite eclectic. The students represented our English Language Learners as well as our Special Needs students. Seeing them work collaboratively during Grandma’s Keys and happily competitive during Sheep & Shepherds was particularly impressive. Mr. A and Ms. T are truly gifted children’s theater arts leaders.”

Elementary School Staff 17


Life Skills 94% 100%

of participating youth reported that the CAT workshops helped them identify unhealthy behavior and early warning signs of high-conflict situations, helped them develop coping strategies for stressful situations and inspired them to invest in their own well-being.

CAT’s College and Adult Program (CAP) focuses on specific issues, circumstances and behaviors that create obstacles in our everyday lives, particularly as they affect academic and career opportunities. CAP workshops encourage participants to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of these challenges to discover solutions and hone problem-solving, decision-making, self-advocacy, communication and critical thinking skills. CAP works with diverse traditional and nontraditional populations: high school students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated, people in transitional housing, immigrants and CUNY students. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to keep them there through graduation, and ready them for entering the workforce. Program partners include: CUNY LINCT, CUNY Prep, CUNY ASAP, College Focus, Black Male Initiative, and Fatherhood Academy; as well as Homes for the Homeless and Rikers Island Detention Facilities In 2016-17, the CAP team began CUNY Next Steps, a new partnership with CUNY and Rikers Island, focusing for the first time on the adult population. Life Skills residencies with the youth population at Rikers continued, addressing topics such as college and workplace readiness, health and wellness, communication and financial literacy. The adult population examined the difference between having a job and a career, and explored translating their passions into ambition and profession. They dug into work readiness through non-traditional exposure to entrepreneurial artists, including guest musicians, playwrights, filmmakers, historians, storytellers and poets. Participants received the artists with curiosity and engagement, joining in a wide variety of activities and discussions. The program culminated in an emotional ceremony, during which they accepted CUNY-CAT Certificates and court letters and were able to visit with family members.

“This program gave me an idea of other people’s point of view.” - Rikers Youth Participant “The questions and discussions are a very nice way to get the [young men] thinking.”

- Rikers Staff

FY2017 Impact:

16

242 Incarcerated Youth

273 Incarcerated Adults

600 Hours of Direct Service

4 Rikers Island Detention Facilities 21


Violence Prevention 94%

of participating students said the CAT workshops

helped them learn the consequences of violent behavior; 91% said they learned about differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. CAT works with students and adults to identify and address the root triggers for aggression and conflict -- from cyberbullying to gun violence. Drama-based workshops help participants identify what bullying and violence looks like in a variety of scenes and settings, and provides a space to practice critical thinking, deescalation, and pro-social communication. Whether participants take the role of aggressor, victim or bystander, all come to see the consequences each one’s actions can have to improve the situation – or make it combust. In FY2017, CAT delivered violence prevention programming including in-school student workshops and professional developments to promote safe school environments. The workshops gave participants a voice in defining healthy relationships, analyzing power dynamics, and examining hierarchies. CAT delivered in-school violence prevention residencies at PS/MS 308 and Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn, and IS 204 in Queens as part of the City Council’s Crisis Management Systems initiative, and brought violence prevention workshops to other sites by request, including middle schools, high schools, and transitional housing facilities.

FY2017 Impact:        

22

66 Elementary & Middle School Students in Transitional Housing Sites 566 Middle School Students 328 High School Students & Community Members 20 Educators from Transitional Housing Sites 25 Residencies 256 Workshops for Students 625 Direct Student Service Hours, 630 Total 10 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites

“The students are engaged and very expressive. Based on conversation with a parent the students are definitely reflecting on the class workshops and experiencing an impact.” – High School Teacher “My ‘aha’ was hearing other peoples’ views on deescalation, like meeting privately so that other people don’t try to escalate the problem, not resolving in someone being embarrassed.” – High School Student “I learned different people vent and think about conflicts in different points of view.”

– High School Student

15


Youth Theatre 92%

of CAT Youth Theatre Members reported that the program increased their performance skills and helped them use the power of theatre to communicate and explore what is happening in the world around them. CAT Youth Theatre is an award-winning after-school program that helps young people to thrive–on stage and in life. Membership is free and there are no auditions required, just a commitment to be an active participant of the CAT Youth Theatre community. Members create socially relevant, artistically sophisticated original plays while learning vital life skills, enabling youth to become self-confident, compassionate and accountable; to develop relationships across differences; build community; and be prepared to act as contributing citizens. The collaborative theatre process gives young people the opportunity to make new meanings from the material of their lives. Members learn theatre skills, such as improvisation and scene work, rehearsal, critical reflection, and group discussion as they look at the world around them, decide what they want their theatre to say, and what their role in the world should be. It inspires creativity, builds self-esteem and resiliency, broadens horizons, and develops social awareness. The CAT Youth Theatre presented 10 performances of LAN*GUAGE, the 2017 original show, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in February. It focused on the power of the spoken word, and challenged violent language, hate speech, derogatory terminology, and outdated clichés. Scenes explored ancestry, history, mother tongues being taken away or forbidden, the relationship between language and culture, what we value, and the current political climate. CAT’s Youth Theatre program for middle school students, Junior Youth Theatre, presented three original performances throughout the year – ALL AT SEA in August, LITTLE RED REMIX in December, and HEALTHY LIFE in May. Youth Theatre alumni closed out FY17 with a performance by The Ensemble, a select group of skilled devisers and performers.

FY2017 Impact:  65 High School Students/Youth Theatre Members  67 Middle School Students/Jr. Youth Theatre Members  593 Hours of After-School Theatre Programming  959 Audience Members attended the Youth Theatre production at Baruch Performing Arts Center

 216 Audience Members attended the three Jr. Youth Theatre shows 14

“The main reason I come to CAT is for the love and the diversity. CAT is filled with such loving and amazing people and it creates such a beautiful community that I feel privileged to be a part of. The diversity is so important because my school lacks that and I feel it’s necessary to see and hear other people’s stories and experiences.” “I’ve learned to say what I wanted to say about certain issues that I felt strongly about earlier but never had the voice to say earlier.” - Youth Theatre Members 23


Literacy Through Drama 62%

of tracked students improved their grades by 3 or more points in English Language Arts (ELA) or Social Studies. CAT’s Literacy Through Drama (LTD) program is anchored is using drama to examine the world; in doing so participants are provided opportunities to explore social and academic literacy. FY17 Literacy Initiatives included year-long, intensive, in-school residencies in seven high schools, and yearlong after-school programs in three middle schools and two high schools. The in-school, project-based curriculum, developed in close coordination with classroom teachers, directly addressed academic learning objectives in accordance with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and other subjects with the goal of improving academic skills, socioemotional health, world readiness and active global citizenship. The after-school program gave students the ability to express themselves creatively in ways they did not often have during in-school hours. The program was a creative space where participants were accepted and their limits challenged through thoughtful, quality dramatic and creative experiences. The facilitators worked together to create a balance of structure and freedom while striving to meet the participants where they are, academically and socio-emotionally. If FY17, CAT began a 3-year after-school program, COMPASS, to provide encouragement, support and a sense of community to help participants successfully transition from middle school to high school, stay on track through the 10th grade, and make the most of their high school experience.

FY2017 Impact:           24

2,120 Direct Service Hours of Literacy Programming 445 In-School Students, Grades 3-6 146 In-School Students, Grades 6-8 845 In-School Students, Grades 9-12 100 After-School Students, Grades 6-8 61 After-School Students, Grades 9-12 134 Summer Intensive Students, Grades 9-12 37 Literacy Residencies 12 Schools in Year-Long Programs

“My favorite part of this class was the interactiveness and freedom of creativity that was incorporated into each meeting. The games were the best but the activities where we used ourselves and objects to create scenes and stories were great as well.” “My favorite part of this class was having the chance to perform in front of everyone, also sharing my ideas. Also, my favorite part of this class was just having fun and creating ideas or brainstorming.” - High School Students

19 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites 13


NYC Student Shakespeare Festival 100%

of participating teachers reported increased literacy and social-emotional competencies among their students, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, interpreting and making connections, collaboration and creative problem solving. Founded in 1993 on the belief that Shakespeare is best learned in the act of performing his words, CAT's NYC Student Shakespeare Festival (NYCSSF) has provided more than 10,000 young people and 400 teachers with a chance to create their own work of original theatre using Shakespeare's text and to perform their work on an off-Broadway stage. Participating teachers from schools throughout the city attend an interactive Professional Development series, followed by in-class residencies with our Shakespeare Festival teaching artists. Teachers and their students create a 10-minute scene, exploring an issue important to the students using only the words of Shakespeare. This diverse group of students and teachers then come together to perform their scenes and participate in peer-to-peer feedback sessions at the culminating, multiday Festival. FY17 was our second year of requiring that each piece include a rap, song, or rhythmic chant using Shakespeare’s text. This wildly successful experiment, with students age 6 to 18 rapping and singing their way through Shakespeare’s legendary poetry, made our 2017 Festival the best yet. Teachers found a beautiful balance of freedom and structure with their students, offering them a powerful expressive tool to tackle such issues as bullying, racism, misogyny, gossip and the media, and all types of love and family tension, through the words of William Shakespeare. CAT has found that addressing topical issues through the lens of Shakespeare often gives students (and teachers) more accessible ways to understand and love Shakespeare.

FY2017 Impact:

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633 2nd-12th Grade Students 24 Teacher participants 22 Classes from 17 citywide participating Schools 102 Shakespeare in the Classroom Workshops 15 Hours of Professional Development 3 Culminating Festival Days at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 445 Direct Student Service Hours

“The Festival is a reminder to me of the power of CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Socialemotional learning is just as important as developing academic skills. CAT’s Student Shakespeare Festival accomplishes BOTH beautifully.” - Participating Middle School Teacher “I learned that I was born to be a Shakespearean actor.” - 7th Grade Student 25


Early Learning 97%

of participating classroom teachers utilized interactive strategies for classroom management and students were active, engaged and on-task. CAT’s Early Learning Program (ELP) uses interactive drama to strengthen literacy, critical thinking, and essential social-emotional skills among pre-k through 2nd grade students. Additionally, the ELP team trains teachers in participant-centered pedagogy and drama strategies to help them meet Common Core Standards and better engage children, including those who are traditionally harder to reach. In FY17, with the support of the NYCT Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education for a third year, ELP provided an intensive matrix of professional development workshops, in-class residences and parent workshops to 8 New York City public schools, to bolster literacy skills among under-resourced students. ELP also continued its partnerships with Birch Family Services, educational centers for young people with autism and other developmental disabilities; Homes for the Homeless, a group of Tier II transitional housing shelters for families; and with United Federation of Teachers, providing professional development workshops to its members. ELP’s groundbreaking work with early childhood students continues to prompt requests from the city for CAT staff to share their work. ELP’s director, Helen Wheelock, has led a series of trainings for the New York Public Library, the New York Education’s Department of Arts and Special Projects, and NYC DOE District 2 Pre-K centers.

FY2017 Impact:  3,421 Early Learners from Head Start & Pre-K through 2nd Grade  779 Early Childhood Educators  157 Parents  45 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  48 Emergent Literacy & Mentoring Residencies  261 Professional Development Workshops  36 Parent Workshops  1,953 Direct Student Service Hours; 2,664 Total Service Hours 26

“One of the success stories in my classroom is that one particular student would always shine during CAT. I noticed he would participate more often. He would also repeat and attempt to learn more of the English language during CAT. I remember the first time he used a complete sentence was through the creative arts… I see my students thinking creatively, improvising and enjoying stories because of CAT! Thank you CAT for being a great and influential program for my students!” Teacher, PS 228Q 11


Professional Development 100% 97%

of participating Young Adult Literacy Providers said they were able to apply what they learned in their classrooms and turnkey the strategies for more staff at their sites, and that the workshops helped address the diverse learning needs of their students.

A vital part of CAT’s mission is to share the interactive, studentcentered teaching methods that make such an impact with young people, ensuring that our work doesn’t end when our actor-teachers leave the classroom. To that end, CAT has been providing professional development opportunities for educators and other youth development professionals for decades. CAT’s robust, practical workshops are enjoyable, hands-on, and tailored to address pertinent topics within the greater NYC community. In 2017, CAT was certified by NYSED as a CTLE (Continuing Teacher & Leader Education) provider, so CAT training can support teacher licensing requirements. In FY2017, CAT’s professional development outreach included workshops in Early Childhood Education, School Violence Prevention, Shakespeare, Dropout Prevention and College Readiness, as well as workshops for Homes for the Homeless educators. FY2017 also included presentations at several conferences, including: American Alliance for Theatre Education, NYC Arts In Education Roundtable Face to Face and CUNY Black Male Initiative Annual Conference. FY2017 was CAT’s third year as Technical Assistance Provider for 16 Young Adult Literacy Programs (YALP) across all 5 boroughs. The overarching goals are to offer support and training in program and curriculum design, student recruitment and retention, partnership facilitation, and dissemination of best practices. YALP sites work with Pre-HSE youth—overaged, under-credited youth (16-24 year-olds reading at a 4th grade level), to put them on track for improving their skills and passing the High School Equivalency exam. In FY17, CAT broadened the approach and dialog about YALP becoming a more actively engaged trauma-informed community by highlighting the interconnectedness of positive youth development, student engagement and youth participation principles, social-emotional learning competencies, cultural responsiveness and restorative justice.

FY2017 Impact:

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1,459 Educators and Youth Development Professionals 2,126 Conference Participants 157 Parents 539 YALP Practitioners & Young Adults from 16 Sites 226 YALTA Workshops, Events & Observations 606 Professional Development, Conference & Parent Workshops

“I came face to face with my own accountability— wicked challenging and really important!” - Early Childhood Educator “[I will] practice what I learned from the PD in my everyday instruction to develop students’ engagement confidence & graded improvement.” – Instructor, Dist. 79 “Best PD in two decades of theatre and dance PDs.” – NYCSSF Teacher “[The workshop] was a tiny bit of another world that is possible in nontraditional learning/educating.” - YALP Instructor 27


4,113

New Yorkers participated in CAT’s Theatre programs and/or performances

1,236 173 3,711 5,404 18,292

Non-Traditional participants included youth and adults in correctional facilities; court-involved youth; and families in transitional housing.

Schools & Community Sites received CAT services in FY2017

New Yorkers benefitted from City Council grants awarded to CAT, via discretionary allocations, CASA, SU-CASA, Dropout & Violence Prevention programs.

28

CUNY students participated in CAT workshops

Young People and Adults, Parents and Educators participated in CAT programs in FY2017

9


FY2017—By The Numbers...

4,052 2,297 936 3,585 5,246 $0

High School and Non-Traditional Students participated in CAT’s College Readiness programs

standard-bearer

“...a for socially conscious artists in training.” (American Theatre Magazine) Elementary, Middle & High School students participated in CAT’s After-School Programs

Elementary, Middle & High School students, including homeless populations, participated in CAT’s Bullying & Violence Prevention Programs

NYC Teachers participated in CAT’s Professional Development workshops

Pre-K—12th Graders and young adults throughout NYC participated in CAT’s literacy programs

cost to a student to participate in any CAT program

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CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre The MA in Applied Theatre (MAAT) degree program, the first of its kind in the nation, uses theatre as a medium for education and social development. Students use theatre and drama in a wide variety of non-traditional contexts and venues – including the justice system, healthcare, the political arena, community development, classrooms, museums, and social service agencies. The MA in Applied Theatre was founded in 2008 by members of the Creative Arts Team, The MA program continues to collaborate closely with CAT’s Youth Theatre and other programs. The goal of the program is to educate scholar-practitioners to become future leaders in the field of applied theatre. Students explore key theories in theatre, education, development, and community building, and acquire the skills and strategies necessary for creating and implementing the work. Students gain real-world experience by building and delivering community-based applied theatre projects to earn their degree. A bi-annual visiting artists program brings MAAT students and faculty to teach educational theatre techniques to drama teachers at the University of Rwanda.

MAAT Impact:      

77 Current Students 150 Alumni 71 Collaborative Thesis Projects 109 Community Partners 63 Students or Alumni who work, or have worked, with CAT 6 Years of Project Rwanda

“The Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Program not only gave me access to an existing artistic community but taught me how to build my own. We had to go out and secure community partnerships. Faculty were always there to help us, but made sure we made the first move. Picking my own topics added meaning to my work and deepened the confidence with which I worked. Much of what I am doing now grew out of projects I started while at MAAT.”

-Irene Kapustina, ‘15 Alum 29


Where we were in FY2017... Bronx

Brooklyn

Astor Collegiate Academy BIRCH Family Services- Riverdale Early Childhood Center Bronx Community College Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning Bronx High School for the Visual Arts Bronx Public Library- Mott Haven Branch Bronx School for Law Government and Justice Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists Bronx Works Eximius College Preparatory Academy Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School H.E.R.O. High Hostos Community College IS 217 School of Performing Arts Lehman College Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies North Bronx School of Empowerment NYPL Bronx Public Library- West Farms Branch Pelham Preparatory Academy Prospect Family Inn PS 021X Philip H. Sheridan PS 028X Mount Hope PS 042 Claremont PS 103 Hector Fontanez PS 146 Edward "Pop" Collins School PS 160X The Disney School PS 196X PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School School For Excellence The Highbridge Green School University Heights Secondary School

Academy of Innovative Technology Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn College Brooklyn College Academy Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School Brooklyn Generation High School Brooklyn High School of the Arts Brooklyn Public Library- Bedford Branch Brooklyn Public Library- New Lots Branch Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, And Technology Cobble Hill School of American Studies District 20 Pre-K Center at 59th Street High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus JHS 259 William McKinley School Kingsborough Community College Medgar Evers College Midwood High School at Brooklyn College New York City College of Technology Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow Pre-K Center at 1258 65th Street PS 015K Patrick F. Daly PS 105 The Blythebourne School PS 119 The Amersfort School PS 156 Waverly School PS 164 Caesar Rodney School PS 184 Newport PS 188 Michael E. Berdy PS 214 Michael Friedsam PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School PS 308 Clara Cardwell School PS 316 Elijah Stroud Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College School at Erasmus The School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers, and Performers UFT Brooklyn Borough Office Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare Urban Assembly Unison School Urban Dove Team Charter School William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School YMCA Greater NY YMCA Greater NY- Y Roads Eastern District

Manhattan

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Baruch College Borough of Manhattan Community College CAT Training Center Chinese-American Planning Council

About CAT WHO WE ARE: The Creative Arts Team (CAT) is an arts-in-education program at The City University of New York (CUNY) serving more than 18,000 people annually in New York City, across the nation and around the world. CAT, an innovative leader in the international field of educational and applied theatre since 1974, provides interactive drama programs for students, teachers, parents and adults. CAT works closely on a number of projects with CUNY’s M.A. program in Applied Theater, founded by CAT staff in 2008 as the nation’s first degree program in this field.

WHAT WE DO: Theatre cultivates a unique skill set that is indispensable for the 21st Century – primarily communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. CAT enriches the lives of our participants through a pedagogy which combines educational drama strategies with research-based theories and practices to create participant-centered, interactive drama experiences. The needs, strengths and learning styles of participants inform the actual content of workshops. CAT offers a wide range of programs for students (pre-K through college), educators, parents, schools, and communities that serve diverse needs, such as College Success and Workplace Readiness, Bullying Prevention, Literacy and Healthy Choices, as well as arts enrichment.

With over four decades of dedicated school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, and our award-winning Youth Theatre, CAT has reached over a million students, educators, parents, community members and teaching artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world.

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City College of New York Community Health Academy of the Heights CUNY Office of Academic Affairs District 2 Pre-K Center at 1 Peck Slip District 2 Pre-K Center at 52 Chambers Street (TWEED) District 2 Pre-K Center at 590 Sixth Avenue District 79 Office of Student Support Services Frederick Douglass Academy Guttman Community College Harlem Children's Zone UPK High School for Health Professions and Human Services Hunter College IS 528 Bea Fuller Rodgers Jeffery C. Tenzer Learning Center John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Lucille Lortell Theatre Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) Martin Luther King, Jr. High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice Millenium High School New York City Department of Education New York City Department of Education New York Public Library - Mid-Manhattan Branch NYU College Advising Corps Pathways College Preparatory School PS 030 Hernandez/Hughes PS 036 Margaret Douglas PS 123 The Mahalia Jackson School PS 125 Ralph Bunche PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos PS 163 Alfred E. Smith PS 175 Henry H Garnet PS 197 John B. Russwurm PS 314 Muscota PS/IS 276 Battery Park City School Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center- Senior Center The Door The Heritage School The River School UFT Headquarters University Settlement Wagner Pre-K Center

Queens

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Central Queens YM & YWCA Energy Tech High School Excelsior Preparatory High School Forest Hills High School Forest Hills Neighborhood Senior Center Fortune Society

George Motchan Detention Center High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture Horizons Academy-GMDC Rikers I.S. 204 The Oliver W. Holmes School Information Technology High School IS 237 Rachel Carson Intermediate School 237 Q JHS 185 Edward Bleeker LaGuardia Community College NYPL Queens Public Library- Far Rockaway Branch Pan American International High School PS 002Q Alfred Zimberg School PS 054 Hillside PS 092Q Harry T. Stewart Sr. PS 117 Keld/Briarwood School PS 121 Queens PS 124 Osmund A. Church PS 134 Hollis The Langston Hughes School PS 149Q Christa Mcauliffe PS 151Q Mary D. Carter PS 159Q PS 171Q Peter G. Van Alst PS 188 Kingsbury PS 212 PS 222Q Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School PS 228Q Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts PS 229Q Emanuel Kaplan PS 234 PS/IS 268 Queens Public Library- Jamaica Branch Queens Public Library- Long Island City Branch Queensborough Community College Renaissance Charter School Robert N. Davoren Center Rose M. Singer Center Saratoga Family Inn The Borough Center (Queens) The Fortune Society The Laurel Hill School UFT Queens Borough Office Waterside Children's Studio School York Early College Academy

Staten Island College of Staten Island Tottenville High School United Activities Unlimited

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Inside this report… About CUNY-CAT ................................................................................... 7 CUNY-CAT in FY2017—by the numbers .............................................. 8 Early Learning........................................................................................ 10 Literacy Through Drama ..................................................................... 12 Violence Prevention ............................................................................ 14 After School Programs ......................................................................... 16

College & Workplace Readiness & Success ................................... 18 Life Skills .................................................................................................. 20 Youth Theatre........................................................................................ 22 Shakespeare ......................................................................................... 24 Professional Development .................................................................. 26 CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre .............................................. 28 Where we were in FY2017 ................................................................... 30 Acknowledgments ............................................................................... 32

FY2017 CATalysts................................................................................... 34

“I’ve come to realize how much of an impact one person could make to an entire community. All it takes would be for them to speak up and participate.” —High School Student “Something that I enjoyed a lot during the workshop is the acting and the way how we all worked together.” —Elementary Student “We’ll make time for me and my kids to enjoy each other and to learn together.” —Participating Parent

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“My favorite part is when they ask us teens about challenges we face in our life, because we never really get to talk about it. And it’s a good way for us to express ourselves.” —High School Student

“I liked that the workshop was very interactive and met students in their everyday lives. It was a great help and informative to them during a difficult time... Excellent.” —CUNY Faculty 5


Thanks To You… 18,292

Students, Teachers and Parents benefitted from

CAT programs in every New York City Council District in FY2017. The partnerships CAT has developed with the public and private sector have enabled CAT to reach young people and their families in all five boroughs. You are an essential partner in CAT’s innovative, critically important educational outreach, helping us provide interactive, issue-based programs that: 

Strengthen academic achievement;

Support youth development and social-emotional growth; and

Increase resiliency in NYC’s young people.

In 2018, we aim to continue to expand how CAT uses drama as a platform for positive youth development and the development of social emotional skills, particularly with at-risk populations and disenfranchised youth, and in partnership with CUNY, City and State agencies, and other nonprofit and community-based organizations. On behalf of the students, teachers, parents and Creative Arts Team members involved in our programs, we offer our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support. We are pleased with this successful year of service and look forward to expanding our efforts in FY 2018.

Thank you for your collective commitment to supporting the needs of young New Yorkers.

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“I asked Shoba, an Indian woman who regularly participates in center activities… what would happen if you pulled in your friends, those seniors who usually just exercise at the center and then go home? What happened is that they took ownership over the theater arts program!” - Program Director, Forest Hills Senior Center

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Thanks to our FY2017 CATalysts New York State    

NYS Council on the Arts Michael Dendekker, NYS Assembly Ron Kim, NYS Assembly Aravella Simotas, NYS Assembly

New York City NYC Dept. of Correction NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs NYC Dept. of Education NYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development New York City Council Citywide Initiative: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 51 Council Members  NYC Council Discretionary & CASA Grants: Inez Barron, Costa Constantinedes, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Inez Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andy King, Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman, Mark Levine, I. Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Helen Rosenthal, Rafael Salamanca, Ritchie Torres, Paul Vallone, Jumaane Williams, Ruben Wills     

Foundations, Corporations, Universities                         

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The Brian A. Patterson Charitable Fund Broadway Artists Connection The City University of New York (CUNY) CUNY ASAP CUNY Black Male Initiative CUNY K-16 Initiatives CUNY LINCT CUNY Next Steps CUNY Office of Student Affairs Community Service Society of New York The Estee Lauder Companies Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship Homes for the Homeless Jewish Communal Fund Joel M. & Eleanor S. Goldberg Fund Fidelity Charitable Jujamcyn Theaters The Lucille Lortel Foundation Morgan Stanley New York Community Trust: Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education NYU School of Professional Studies The Onyx Group - Rina Baptiste Penguin USA RBC Wealth Management Rose Polidoro Enterprises, Inc. Seoul National University of Education Stephen and Myrna Greenberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Individuals Reem Abukishk Casem AbuLughod Keith Alston Lois S. Amend Tara Amitrano Ellen Ancui Phillip R. Anzalone Julia Arazi Sandra Arkenau Valerie Asciutto Danny Ashkenasi Meghan Farley Astrachan Frank Avella Sarah J. Avery Alexa Aviles Maria Aviles Mirriam Perri & Muriel Badgeley Ann Marie Balcerzak Lisa Ball Daniel Jay Banks Dominick Barbera Margaret Barnhart Sherry Lynn Noris & John Bauman Stephanie M. Bayard Howard Becker Jodi L. Beckwith Paul Bedard Martha Partidge & Robert Benford Rori J. Bergman Ashley Berman Linda Bermas Enid Hamelin & Asher Bernstein Maren Berthelsen Emma Bilderback Thomas J. Black Benjamin Blackshear Reyna Bonaparte Ian Bowater Brandon Braithwaite Cameron Breen Deborah E. Breen Melanie Breen Stuart Brewton Alan Brightman Ellen Brown Kristel J. Brown Angela Bruen Maria Buck Jack Bulger Laura Corazon Cabochan Brigette Carman Daniel Carrier Jacob Castillo

Joseph Del Castillo Michael Cerveris Kathleen Chalfant Susan Champa Katharine Chaston Roberto Chavez Laurence Checler Tommy Chin Charlie Ciuffo Candy Clark Kesha Clarke Nancy Clarke Karen R. Cohen Patricia Conway Carole H. Cook Ria Cooper John Cosentino Jessica Crowe-Rothstein Alexandria Cruz Gerald Cuesta Colin Cunliffe Kenneth C. Curtin Metta Dael Yvonne Dallam Judith Daly Robin D'Amato Stacy E. Davidowitz Claro de los Reyes Amy De Stefano Irene DeBlasio Lawrence DeBlasio Madelene DeLeon Thomas DeLorenzo Colette Desbas Donna M. Desideri Miki'ala S. DeVivo Olivia DiMattio Linda E. Dishy Neil Dombrow Tara Donahue Catherine M. Donohue Christine O. Donohue Claire Donohue Theresa C. Donohue Joseph F. Donohue, Jr. Kerry Dorio Heather Doucet Bernadette Drumgoole Patrick Duggan Lyvon Edebiri Dana Edell Stephanie S. Eiss Edem A. Ekpe Ramy Eletreby Lora Hendrick & Richard Ellenson Staci Emanuel Jessica Epstein

Dear Friends, FY17 marked the 43rd anniversary of CAT’s groundbreaking work in classrooms and communities throughout New York City and the 12th year as a division of The City University of New York. FY17 also saw the retirement of Founding Executive Director Lynda Zimmerman. As CAT’s new Executive Director, I am honored to continue CAT’s legacy and on-going commitment to using theatre with, for, and by our communities to ask essential questions and encourage creativity and critical engagement with the world. CAT’s extraordinarily talented and dedicated staff of educators and teaching artists includes twenty full time staff and more than 50 part-time teaching artists. CAT’s personnel have backgrounds in theater making, performance, education, diverse academic subjects and activism. Every day, I am inspired by them and by the students and adults who participate in our programs throughout New York City. Since its founding in 1974, CAT has reached more than 1,250,000 participants. As one of the largest and longest running arts-in-education organizations in New York City, CAT continues to thrive as a vital part of our city’s cultural landscape. CAT’s reach extends to the national and international level as an award-winning leader in educational theatre. In FY17, with the support of our public and private sector funders, we partnered with nearly 200 schools, community sites and campuses across NYC to serve more than 18,000 individuals. Our work responded to a broad range of needs and ambitions voiced by incredibly diverse participants. CAT helped them learn how to manage the challenges that life throws at all of us; gain new skills for school, work and life; and meet their goals, whether it was earning a degree, reducing violence in their schools and communities, or using theatre to examine critical social issues. I am pleased to share this FY17 Annual Report detailing the innovative and ‘dramatic’ approaches CAT takes. On behalf of the thousands of participants we were able to positively impact this past year, I applaud our program and funding partners for your generosity and commitment to supporting the success of New York youth and adults.

Jeanne Houck, Ph.D. Executive Director

“I like the people at CAT because you can learn and develop your ideas and change the world together.” —CAT Youth Theatre Member

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John Farmer Steven Feder Donna Ferraro Susan C. Ferraro Anne E. Filipic Carol Fineberg Nancy Fink Katy Finn Isaiah Fish Christopher Fleming Stephen Fleming William J. Fleming Naftali Freedman Katharine Freeman Anna Frenkel Nora and Bernie Friedman Sharon Friedman Catherine Frizell Eridania D. Garcia Nydia E. Garcia William Garcia Lydia GastonGreenberg Marilyn Geller Kelly Giammanco Lisa Gianattasio Gilbert Gil Rose L. Ginsberg Zaida Girardi-Dishy Richard C. Girnius Elizabeth Goldenberg Catherine Gomber Casim Gomez Mohit Gourisaria Nicholas Gravante Judith Graziano Max Greenfield Amy & Steve GreenGorelick John Grillo Kyle A. Griswold Betty Gross Linda Sands Gunn Regina Hairston Michael J. Handley Christopher J. Hanke Evie Hantzopoulos Lori & Khaled Haram Heather Harpham Donna M. Campbell & Benjamin T. Hartman Casey & Caleb Hayes -Deats David W. Hedrick Donine S. Hedrick Karen S. Hedrick

Kara Heffernan Christine Helsing Donna Herbst Diane Hirsch Robert G. Hisaoka Vivian Hoffman Rhona Honey Lesley Hope Colleen Horan Deborah Horowitz Lynn C. Howell Sadie Hughes Seraphene Hyde Jeffrey L. Johnson David R. Jones Nicole Jordan Rachel Jordan Julie Kaplan Ira Kent Katarzyna Klimiuk Conrad Kluck Steven Krause Andrea Kreth Judy Kuhn Elana L. Lagerquist Sandra Lamb Mirian L. Landi Marcy Langstein Heather Lanza Renya Larson Micah Lasher Sarah Law Caroline R. Lawson Doris Leggett-Switzer Deidra Legreca Brienne Lemire Heather Lester Joanne Levine Susan Lobel Nikki Lotito Elizabeth MacFarlane Beth Malone Sue Maloney Mark & Robin Mandell Katherine Mapother Christopher Maring Gerald Markowitz Darlene Marsh Jody Martini Bernice McCann Alexandra McConnellWood Kathleen McGill Brigid McGowan Joan McGuinness Timothy McLaughlin Mary Meade Tracy Meade

Anne & Jeff Meyer Gerard Minaya James Montemarano David T. Montgomery Robert P. Mooney Allyson R. Morgan Marialice Morgan Jay & Cathe Morrow Kenneth Naanep Karina Naumer Andrea Negrete Lisa Newman Andrew Nickolson Carol M. Nicodemi Heather Nielsen Lexy Nistico Chao Huang & Harry Nong Kelly Nye Clare M. O'Callahan Elizabeth M. O'Callahan Malachi S. O'Connor Mary Beth O'Connor Michelle M. O'Connor Jane O'Leary Joanne Oliver Kelly O'Neill Levy Jennifer L. Onopa Elyse Orecchio Melody Ortega Carol Oster Debra Otte Michael Ovalle Raul J. Pacheco Leah Page Margaret Panciera Michael Pantone Livia Pantuliano Hana Pantuso Joanne Pantuso Michele B. Parker Daniel Paterson Richard Patterson Helen Perera Diane Peterson Emma Pfaeffle Sarah Phillips Maurica Pitocchi Natalie A. Pizzolo Tara Eden Polen Catherine Price Dahlia Lopez Ramsay Adam Rauscher Cassidy A. Regan Arsenia Reilly-Collins Julia K. Reimer Howard Reizun Claudia Reyes

Susan Richardson Adam Rivera Maraela Rodriguez Presley Rodriguez Ruth E. Rodriguez Caryn Ronis Dana Rosen Shai Rosenfeld Stina J. Rosenquist Gary Roth Jordan Roth Reina M. Rouzaud Peter Rubin Emily R. Rubinstein Tessa Rudnick Deborah Sale Daisy Salomon Anilsa Sanchez Craig Sanders Peter Saraf Shirley Sarna Amy Sawyers-Williams Heidi Scalza Sarah I. Scarantino Janina L. Scarlet Jeremy Schaar Amy Schaffer Richard Schneider Jeffrey Schoenfeld Jonathan William Schultz Joseph C. Schultz Patti Schultz Aran Scott Breifne Scott Edward Scott Dana Scurlock James Serra Lorraine Serra Jordi Sevilla Katerina Shapiro Jonathan & Shannon Sharp Julia Sharpe-Levine Amy C. Schellenbaum Adrienne Silverman Judyth Silverstein Bikram Singh Robert Siragusa George Sirois Chloe Sit David Skeist Gail S. Smith Shadae Lamar Smith Mark A. Snider Martha D. Snider Polly Snider Susan Snider Whitney Snow

Margarita Soto Victoria Stampa Melissa Stauber-Levy Sheila Steffen Ashley R. Stenger Ivan W. Stockman Elizabeth G. Strom Peter C. Sugar Barbara Sullivan Mark Surabian Rebecca H. Sussman Madeleine Swart Judy Sweeney Liz Sweeney Rebecca Sweeney Howard K. Tate Julia Taylor Jane Savitt Tennen Meghan Thayer Nicole Thayer Helen Thomason Julie Ann Tompkins Amanda Torres Nancy Travers E. Triggs-Camacho Ruth M. Trovato Patrick Tuohy Alanna Tweedy David Unger Joey Valderama Ruth E. Vanwhy Luisa Velasco Erick Vera Robin Verity Nicholas Vermane Alexis Vernon Laura K. von Holt Nancy Walker Linda Walls McCartha Ariel Warmflash Benjamin E. Weber David W. Weigel Keith Wheelock Tom White-O'Connor Daniel M. Williams Melanie WillinghamJaggers Michael Wilson Lara Wolf Erin Woodward Laurie Woog Lindsay Wright Rebecca Yaggy Meredith Yuskewich Hannah Zander Lynda Zimmerman

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