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2017-2018 Annual Report CUNY • Creative Arts Team


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Mohit Gourisaria Nichole Graham Kristin Granlund Jackie & Nick Gravante Amy & Steven Green-Gorelick Max Greenfield John Grillo Heather Grundy Nancy Hammock Patti Handley Evie Hantzopoulos Lori Haram Heather Harpham Janet S. Hayakawa Donine S. Hedrick Karen S. Hedrick Dinah Heller Jane Herzog Diane & Steve Hirsch Sarah & Harvey Hoffman Vivian Hoffman J. D. Holdway Oma S. Holloway Rhona Honey Colleen Horan Jeanne Houck Talib A. Hudson Russell Imbrenda Dawn Jackson Younhee Jang Juan Jaramillo Jeffrey L. Johnson Lisa Jones David Jones Jessica Kaemingk Joanne & Bernie Kandler Julie Kaplan Seth Kaufman Ira W. Kent Henry William Keyser William Keyser Young Jun Kim Marina Kisel Lisa A. Klausing Nicole Kontolefa Adam Krause Steven Krause Stacey Kyser Shadae Lamar Smith Gabrialle E Landsverk Marcy S Langstein David & Suzu Ledoux Eun Young Lee Holly Lee Gaylene B. Lee Ed & Cindy Light Donna Linderman Susan Lobel Marion Lopez Teresa Lotz Antonio Lyons Jessica Macciariello

Elizabeth MacFarlane Sue A. Maloney Mary Beth Maloney Leonid Mamut Katherine Mapother Sonali Das & Pavel Mares Barry S. Margolin Michael J. Margolin Rosalie Margolis Gerald Markowitz Clifford J. Marnick Bridget A. Maron Dara Marsh Darlene Marsh Michael Mastrototaro Michelle Matos Ah-Keisha McCants James D. McCarthy Shaune McCarthy Caitlin E. McGarty Francis McGinnis Joan McGuinness Tracy Meade & Rob Bates Callie Meaney Alexandra Miletta Thomas Miller Amanda Minck Lin-Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nada Michael A. Mitchell David Mitnowsky Robert Mooney Mandy Moore Allyson R. Morgan Sara Morgulis Cathe & Jay Morrow Thomas S. Morse Maria Muentes Karen Mui Devin Murphy Kenneth L. Naanep Geoffrey Nauffts Godfrey Nazareth Julia Nickerson Gregory P. Nickerson Andrew Nickolson Carol M Nicodemi Sherry Norris & Jack Bauman Elizabeth M. O'Callahan Michelle M. O'Connor Joanne Oliver Cecily O'Neill Barb O'Neill Kelly O'Neill Levy Joanne Orecchio Elyse Orecchio Staci Ortiz Carol Oster & Art Freeman Debra Otte Michael Ovalle Raul J. Pacheco Michael Pantone

Joanne Pantuso Eva J. Pantuso Hana M. Pantuso Tessa Pantuso Robert Paterno Daniel Paterson Nellie Perera Maria Perez Diane Peterson Chris Phelps Anupama E. Pilbrow Julian Pimiento Bryce Pinkham Omar T. Pollard Catherine L. C. Price Liza Pross Steven Ratner Cassidy Regan Arsenia Reilly-Collins Julia K. Reimer Adam Rivera & Anilsa Sanchez Sandra Rivera-Perez Cesar & Elizabeth Robalino Veronica Rodriguez Presley Rodriguez Caryn Ronis Lindsay Rosen Dana Rosen Elisabeth Rosen Irwin Donald Rosuck Jordan Roth Gary Roth Tiffany B. Rothman Erica Rotstein Kristie Rubendunst Dr. Peter Rubin Emily Rubinstein Craig & Marilyn Sanders Filomena Santaniello Decicco Ma-Alona Santos John R. Sauter Amy Sawyers Amy C. Schellenbaum Grace Schiraldi Jeffrey Schoenfeld Mary Beth Schultz Jonathan William Schultz Stefanie Schussel Nancy Schwartz Rene O. Segura Leslie Seiden Jonathan R. Seidenwurm John & Sue Seminerio Dan Shaheen Sari Sharaby Susan Sharer Mikuko Shimura Lauren Shpall-Brown Stacey Siak Ariadne Sigault Lauren Silcott Robert Siragusa

David Skeist Mark A. Snider John Snider Susan Snider Martha D. Snider Margarita Soto Laura G. Speziale Jamie Steele Ivan W. Stockman Natalie Stringer Michael Angelo Stuno Allison Sturm Barbara Sullivan Lizabeth Surillo Madeleine Swart Judy Sweeney Stacey Tadelis Debbie Tangen-Mill Julia Taylor Nicole Thayer Meghan Thayer Anthony Thomas Joel Thomas Julie Ann Tompkins Danielle C. Trebotica Ruth M. Trovato Christine Cora True-Frost Demos Tsilikoudis & Yasmine Falk Alanna Tweedy Desiree Unger Amanda Vagnone Kathryn Vagnone Jan W Valle Ruth E. VanWhy Erick Vera Nicholas W. Vermane Laura K. von Holt Marisa Vural Laura N. Vural Suzanne Walsh Ariel Warmflash David Ward Benjamin Weber David A. Weber David Weigel Lewis Weissman Abby Wenzel Keith Wheelock Leslie White Tom & Beth White-O'Connor Thomas Wierzbowski Felicia Williams Daniel M. Williams Steve & Jeanne Wishengrad Lara Wolf Erin Woodward Kirk Woodward Steve Yoo Meredith Yuskewich Lynda Zimmerman Anna Zivian

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Thanks to our FY2018 CATalysts New York City & State Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment (MOME) 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 Corey Johnson and 51 Council Members  NYC Council Discretionary, Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA), SU-CASA, Dropout Prevention Initiative (DPI), and Crisis Management Systems (CMS) Grants: Adrienne E. Adams, Inez Barron, Costa Constantinedes, Robert Cornegy, Mathieu Eugene, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andy King, Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman, I. Daneek Miller, Bill Perkins, Helen Rosenthal, Ritchie Torres, Paul Vallone, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Jumaane Williams  NYS Council on the Arts      

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

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Anbinder Family Foundation Bank of America Birch Family Services The Brian A. Patterson Charitable Fund Brooklyn Community Foundation Chinese-American Planning Council 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 Cypress Hills Development Corp. HistoryMiami Museum Homes for the Homeless Jewish Communal Fund Jujamcyn Theaters The Lucille Lortel Foundation Morgan Stanley New York Community Trust: Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education The ONE Festival Penguin USA RBC Wealth Management Scherman Foundation Seoul National University of Education TowerBrook Foundation Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Individuals Casem AbuLughod Yara Adam Katherine Almirañez Constantin Andrianakis Bridget Kelso Anthony Kevin Anthony Phillip Anzalone Julia Arazi William Artuso Danny Ashkenasi Alexa Aviles Caroline N. Azano Ann Marie Balcerzak Margaret Barnhart Kimberly Barry Shawn C. Bassett William & Joanna Baron Sherry & John Bauman Joshua Bauml Paul Bedard Rori J. Bergman Ashley Berman Linda Bermas Maren Berthelsen Michael & Julia Birman Thomas J. Black II Sonya Blackmon Lois Bodnick Nicholas Boukis James Boyer & Amy De Stefano Brigid C. Brady Gloria Brand Heather Brassner Deborah Breen Fatmata Britton Lois Broderick Kristel J. Brown Elyse Buxbaum Katharine Byrne Laura Corazon Cabochan Madeline Calandrillo Johnny Camacho Donna Campbell Marisa del Campo Susan Cannon Grace V. Cannon Brigette Carman Kristin Carney Daniel Carrier Susan R. Cassidy Rachel Castillo Joseph Del Castillo Jessica Cermak Michael Cerveris Susan Champa Jose Chavez-Garcia Laurence Checler Claire Cipriani Nancy Clarke Suzanne Clifton Walsh

Dara Beth Cohen Melonie Collado Anne Coneys Cass Conrad Patricia A. Conway Kathryn Creagh Jessica Crowe-Rothstein Alexandria Cruz Daniel Cruz John D. Curtin Kenneth Curtin & Mary Gargan Judith Daly Zuzana Das Stacy E. Davidowitz Ramone Davis Cori J. Davis Claro de los Reyes Anthony J. DeAngelis Yajaira Deleon Thomas & Loretta De Lorenzo Andrea B. Dishy Nicolette Dixon Chris & Bob Donohue Claire C. Donohue Paul F. Donohue Theresa C. Donohue Pune Dracker Nicole Dumas Lynn Dunning Vaughn Laurie Durrett Symone Edwards Stephanie S. Eiss Ramy Eletreby Richard & Lora Ellenson Rachel E. Evans Shevah Faber Joe Ferraro Susan C. Ferraro Donna Ferraro Alanna Finn Katy Finn Shawn Fischer Sylvia Fish William J. Fleming Stephen Fleming Alexandria Fleming Joseph A. Fleming Mitalene Fletcher Priscilla Flores Jake Flum Alexander Freedgood Katharine Freeman Anna Frenkel Nydia E. Garcia Eridania D. Garcia Carli Gaughf Cynthia Geiger Marilyn Geller Richard C. Girnius David Glennon Sam Gold

Dear Friends, I am excited to share The Creative Arts Team’s FY18 annual report with you. Thank you for being part of a community that supports CUNY-CAT’s on-going commitment to use interactive drama and theatre to seed change in communities, encourage young learners as they become critical thinkers, and engage people to re-imagine their own lives, goals, and future success. FY18 has been a wonderful year, marking the 44th anniversary of CAT’s groundbreaking arts-in-education work in classrooms and communities throughout New York City, and our 13th year at CUNY as one of the University’s K-16 Initiatives. In FY18, CAT partnered with nearly 180 schools, colleges and community sites across NYC to serve more than 19,000 individuals. Our work responded to a broad range of needs and ambitions voiced by incredibly diverse participants. Every day, I am inspired by CAT’s educators, teaching artists, students and adult participants who continue the impactful work of our longstanding, high-impact programs, including the Literacy Through Drama program, Early Learning Program, College and Adult Program, CAT Youth Theatre, NYC Student Shakespeare Festival, and the Young Adult Literacy Technical Assistance Program.

We also launched new programming in FY18, including the CreateNYC: Leadership Accelerator, a partnership with CUNY SPS and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to support equity in leadership for arts and culture professionals. Additionally, we partnered with the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment and NY is Music to develop a new multi-year program for high school students that launched in July 2018. Sound Thinking NYC addresses gender equity in New York’s thriving music industry, teaches leadership skills, and introduces students to career pathways in music and sound production. On behalf of CAT and the thousands of participants we reached this past year, I thank our program and funding partners, individual donors, City Council Members, and colleagues and friends who support CAT in so many ways. Your generosity and commitment contributes tremendously to the successful programming that serves communities throughout New York City and beyond.

Jeanne Houck, Ph.D. Executive Director

“CAT helped me figure out who I am and what I want to be.” - High School Participant

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Thanks To You… 19,859

Students, Teachers and Parents benefitted from

CAT programs in every New York City Council District in FY2018. The partnerships CAT has developed with the public and private sectors 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

Increase resiliency in NYC’s young people

In FY2019, 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 FY19.

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

“Best show ever!” “I want to be in it next year!” - SUCASA Audience Members , Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults “There are SO many reasons I came to CAT youth. First and foremost the acting skills and techniques I get to learn. Secondly, the voice I get to have and the privilege of having a space where I can share my voice and make an impact with it. Finally, the people! The connections and friendships you build with your peers and directors. Collaborating together to create something so powerful is an amazing thing. Also, it’s free! My parents used to not want me acting so that enabled me to come and since I had the willingness to put in time, I was able to be part of it.”

- CAT Youth Theatre Member 4

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Inside this report… About CUNY-CAT .........................................................................7 CUNY-CAT in FY2018—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 NYC Student Shakespeare Festival........................................ 24 Professional Development ...................................................... 26

FY2018 CATalysts ....................................................................... 34

“My favorite part of this project was the acting… I think now that I might want to pursue a career in it.” – 6th Grade Student (Shakespeare Festival)

“I came to CAT because I love theatre and I love the environment it provides and the people that are in it. The way the program is run and all the time and effort the staff put into this program is greatly appreciated.”

“It was great to see new friendships form within the group. Also, some of the very shy students became noticeably more open and comfortable speaking in front of their peers! The CAT Artists are both very talented and entertaining and the students had a great time learning theatre skills from them!” – Elementary Teacher (After–School Program)

CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre ................................... 28 Where we were in FY2018 ....................................................... 30 Acknowledgments ................................................................... 32

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“This helped me a lot! I love CAT. Come back next year please!” – High School Student (Violence Prevention)

—CAT Youth Theatre Member

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Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) Martin Luther King, Jr. High School for Arts and Technology New York Public Library Admin Offices New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library Northside Center Day School PS 123 - The Mahalia Jackson School PS 153 - Adam Clayton Powell PS 314 - Muscota PS/IS 276 Battery Park City School School of Professional Studies Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center- Senior Center The Door UFT Headquarters

Queens Antun's August Martin High School Business Technology Early College High School (BTech) Central Queens YM & YWCA CUNY School for Law Energy Tech High School Forest Hills High School Fortune Society, The George Motchan Detention Center George R. Vierno Center Grover Cleveland High School High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture Humanities & Arts magnet High School I.S. 204 The Oliver W. Holmes School Information Technology High School International High School for Health Sciences JHS 185 Edward Bleeker LaGuardia Community College Long Island City High School Mathematics, Science Research & Technology Magnet High School Pan American International High School Pathways in Technology Early College High School PS 002Q Alfred Zimberg School PS 017 Henry David Thoreau PS 054 Hillside PS 112 Dutch Kills PS 117 Keld/Briarwood School PS 127 Aerospace and Science Academy PS 148 PS 149Q Christa Mcauliffe PS 151 PS 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School PS 159Q PS 171Q Peter G. Van Alst

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PS 173 Fresh Meadows PS 228Q Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts PS 234 PS 329 East Elmhurst Community School PS 69 - Jackson Heights PS/IS 268 Queens Academy High School Queens College Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology Queens Public Library- Astoria Queens Public Library- Far Rockaway Branch Queens Public Library- Jamaica Branch Queens United Middle School Queensborough Community College Renaissance Charter School Richmond High School Robert N. Davoren Center Rockaway Boulevard Neighborhood Senior Center Rose M. Singer Center Saratoga Family Inn Springfield Gardens, Queens Early Childhood Center Voyages Preparatory High School Waterside Children's Studio School York Early College Academy

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

Other Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter (New Orleans, LA) Hilton Long Island/ Huntington (Melville, NY) HistoryMiami Museum (Miami, FL) Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing, NY) The Laurel Hill School (East Setauket, NY) The National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.)

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Where we were in FY2018... Bronx Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning Bronx Field Support Center Bronx High School for the Visual Arts Bronx School for Law Government and Justice Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists Bronx Works Celiz Cruz Bronx High School of Music Explorations Academy High School H.E.R.O. High Lehman College Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies NYPL Bronx Public Library- West Farms Branch NYPL-Bronx Library Center- Central Branch NYPL-Bronx Public Library- Mott Haven One World Middle School at Edenwald Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center Pelham Preparatory Academy Prospect Family Inn PS 021X Philip H. Sheridan PS 103 Hector Fontanez PS 111 Seton Falls PS 146 Edward "Pop" Collins School PS 160X The Disney School PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School Riverdale Early Childhood Center Riverdale/ Kingsbridge Academy- MS/ HS 141 The Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School The Highbridge Green School Theater Arts Production Company School University Heights Secondary School Watson Avenue Early Childhood Center

Brooklyn Academy of Innovative Technology Bedford Academy High School Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center- Quincy Street Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn College Brooklyn College Academy Brooklyn Environmental Exploration School Brooklyn Public Library- Bedford Branch Brooklyn Public Library- New Lots Branch City Polytechnic High School Of Engineering, Architecture, And Technology Cobble Hill School of American Studies Cypress Hill Middle School Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High School Fort Greene Preparatory Academy Gotham Professional Arts Academy High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus

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High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology IS 96 Seth Low Kingsborough Early College School Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Medgar Evers College Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School Midwood High School at Brooklyn College Mill Basin Early Childhood Center MS 722K New Heights Middle School Nazareth Early Childhood Center New York City College of Technology New York City College of Technology Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow PS 015K-Patrick F. Daly PS 019 - Roberto Clemente School PS 105 Blythebourne School PS 119 The Amersfort School PS 214 Michael Friedsam PS 215- Morris H. Weiss PS 249 The Caton PS 308 - Clara Cardwell School PS 316 Elijah Stroud PS 66K Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II, MS 484 Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College School at Erasmus Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School YMCA Greater NY- Y Roads Eastern District

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. 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 Theatre, founded by CAT staff in 2008 as the nation’s first degree program in this field. CAT is part of the CUNY K-16 Initiatives Division.

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 researchbased 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.

Manhattan Baruch College Borough of Manhattan Community College CAT Training Center City College of New York Community Health Academy of the Heights CUNY- Graduate Center CUNY Office of Academic Affairs Frederick Douglass Academy Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School Frederick Loewe Theatre Gramercy Arts High School Guttman Community College Hunter College Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Kappa IV LaGuardia High School Laughing Lotus Yoga Center Lucille Lortell Theatre Manhattan Early Childhood Center

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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FY2018—By The Numbers...

5,788 2,336 4,132 3,297 6,273 $0

High School, College, and Non-Traditional Students participated in CAT’s College & Workplace Readiness & Success 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

Educators & Youth Development Professionals participated in CAT’s Professional Development workshops and Conference sessions

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

amount paid by students 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: 

82 Current Students

154 Alumni

77 Collaborative Thesis Projects

109 Community Partners

66 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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4,610

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

1,667 180 4,920 3,570 19,859

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 FY2018

New Yorkers benefitted from City Council grants awarded to CAT, via discretionary allocations, CASA, SU-CASA, and 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 FY2018

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Professional Development 100%

of participating Homes for the Homeless educators reported that what they learned from CAT helped their early learners build empathy, self-expression and collaboration skills, as well as abstract or conceptual thinking skills. A vital part of CAT’s mission is to share the interactive, student-centered 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 FY18, CAT’s professional development outreach included workshops in early childhood education, bullying and dropout prevention, literacy, and college readiness, as well as workshops for Homes for the Homeless educators. CAT staff presented sessions at several conferences, including the American Alliance for Theatre Education and NYC Arts In Education Roundtable Face to Face Conferences. FY18 also saw the creation of a brand new program encouraging equity in leadership in NYC arts organization, CreateNYC: Leadership Accelerator, developed by CAT and CUNY SPS and provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. As Technical Assistance (TA) Provider for 16 Young Adult Literacy Programs (YALP) across all 5 boroughs, CAT provided support and training in recruitment and retention, curriculum design, facilitation and best practices. YALP sites help Pre-HSE youth—overaged, under-credited youth (16-24 year-olds reading at a 4th grade level)—improve their skills and pass the High School Equivalency exam. In FY18, CAT helped YALP develop into 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, as well as providing more health and self-care training for youth-serving staff.

FY2018 Impact:

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1,658 Educators and Youth Development Professionals 1,639 Conference Participants 110 Parents 480 YALP Practitioners & Young Adults from 16 Sites 526 YALTA Workshops & Events 594 Professional Development, Conference & Parent Workshops

“I gained knowledge of different approaches to situations that can be used both with coworkers and children.” - Early Childhood Educator “Diving deeper into equity really helped me understand how we can make our students get what they need and succeed.” - Middle School teacher “The necessity to flesh out, scaffold, and process my work with more intention! I believed, before this, that I was purposeful, but I see there are more steps in the learning process I need to consider.”

- YALP Instructor

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Early Learning 98%

of participating classroom teachers said CAT’s training and in-classroom work stimulated high levels of student participation in discussion; helped teachers create lesson plans inspiring student enthusiasm, interest, thinking and problem-solving skills, and use questions encouraging high cognitive challenge. CAT’s Early Learning Program (ELP) uses interactive drama to strengthen literacy, critical thinking, and essential social-emotional skills for 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 FY18, with the support of the NYCT Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education for a fourth year, ELP provided an intensive matrix of professional development workshops and in-class residences to bolster literacy skills among under-resourced students in 10 New York City public schools. 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 the United Federation of Teachers, providing professional development workshops to its members. ELP’s groundbreaking work with early childhood students continues to prompt requests from institutions including the New York Public Library, NYC Department of Education, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and more.

FY2018 Impact:  3,400 Early Learners from Head Start & Pre-K through 2nd Grade  792 Early Childhood Educators  30 Parents  39 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  50 Emergent Literacy & Bullying Prevention Residencies  293 Professional Development Workshops  7 Parent Workshops  1,975 Direct Student Service Hours; 2,680 Total Service Hours  3 international & state conferences 26

“I now have a basis of reflection that can segue into prep for the following school year. Thank you for all that you have done for my teaching practice this year!” -Participating Teacher “The best PD ever! Please do more with these wonderful presenters. Many new ideas for teaching poetry and formulating questions–and for making it engaging and fun.” -Participating Teacher “These parent workshop ideas are a wonderful way to show parents how to develop language with their kids.” -Participating Parent 11


NYC Student Shakespeare Festival 94%

of responding students said they feel more confident expressing their ideas, brainstorming themes and working with a group to create and problem-solve together; and reported being more familiar with elements of theatre after participating in the Festival. 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 15,000 young people and 400 teachers with a chance to create their own work of original theatre using Shakespeare's text and 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. Each piece must also include a rap, song, or rhythmic chant using Shakespeare’s text. This wildly successful experiment, with students age 7 to 18 rapping and singing their way through Shakespeare’s poetry, has made our annual Festival better with each passing year. 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, multi-day Festival. In FY18, 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, homelessness, police violence, misogyny, gossip, teen pregnancy, family tension, and all forms of love through the words of William Shakespeare. CAT has found that addressing topical issues through the lens of Shakespeare often gives students more accessible ways to not only understand (and enjoy) Shakespeare, but also the world around them.

FY2018 Impact:

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509 2nd-12th Grade Students 27 Teacher participants 21 Classes from 16 Participating Schools 105 In-School Residency Sessions 15 Hours of Professional Development 3 Culminating Festival Days at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

480 Direct Student Service Hours

“Best PD in my decadeslong arts education career.” “This has exposed my students to language they would not be exposed to until high school or college. They were able to connect with the same social issues we have today. It’s a very creative way to teach students.” “Overall, it is truly a joy to see students tell a story in Shakespearean language and not even realize they have so dramatically altered their speech.” – Participating Teachers 25


Literacy Through Drama 94%

of participating students brainstormed and explored real world issues and current events, used their own creativity to make artistic choices, and said they were more comfortable listening to classmates’ ideas and working together as a group after working with CAT. 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. The in-school, project-based curriculum, developed in close coordination with classroom teachers, directly addresses academic learning objectives in accordance with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies with the goal of improving academic skills, social-emotional health, world readiness and active global citizenship. The after-school program boosts literacy skills while providing students with opportunities to express themselves creatively. Teaching Artists create a balance of literacy and theatre skill-building experience, helping students increase their ELA scores through engaging, interactive activities. In FY18, LTD added a new project supporting middle school social studies curricula with in-class literacy and drama work, encouraging student engagement in world history. LTD also began a literacy intensive program to boost literacy and social-emotional learning for high school students.

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5,277 Direct Service Hours of Literacy Programming 1,296 In-School Students, 3rd-12th Grade, 14 Residencies in 10 Schools 134 After-School Students, 6th-12th Grade, 12 Residencies in 8 Schools 27 Literacy Residencies 11 Schools in Year-Long Programs 526 Young Adult Literacy Students at 9 Events in 8 Locations 24 Schools & Community Sites 133 Teachers Participated in 15 hours of Professional Development

“My favorite part of this class was when we as a group were able to plan out skits on a multitude of topics and later perform them. This is my favorite part because it lets me express myself to others.” “My favorite part of the class is the drama and the way they make me feel more comfortable in class and the way [the Actor-Teachers] speak about things that actually relate to my problems.”

- High School Students 13


Youth Theatre 100%

of CAT Youth Theatre Members reported that the program increased their performance skills; 89% said their speaking skills have increased; and 83% noted increased collaboration and thinking skills and have learned to use 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 DOMINOES, the 2018 original show, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in February. It explored various “domino effects” that exist in our communities, including the #MeToo movement, gun violence, racial violence, mental health, geopolitical issues, family dynamics and more. CAT’s Junior Youth Theatre, for middle school students, presented three original performances throughout the year – BOARDWALK in August, THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING in December, and THE THING CALLED LOVE in May. Youth Theatre alumni closed out FY18 with a performance by The Ensemble, a select group of Youth Theatre alumni who are skilled devisers and performers.

FY2018 Impact:  78 High School Students/Youth Theatre Members/Participants  132 Middle School Students/Jr. Youth Theatre Members/Participants  694 Hours of After-School Theatre Programming  1,105 Audience Members attended the Youth Theatre production at Baruch Performing Arts Center 14

 213 Audience Members attended the three Jr. Youth Theatre shows

“CAT helps me be more confident. I’m also able to grow and learn about my surroundings and society.” “I’ve learned that we all have a voice and we can change the world. If we want a better future we must pursue it.” - Youth Theatre Members “What a moving, inspiring, agitating, truth-telling, theater experience!!!!” - Audience Member 23


Violence Prevention 100% 91%

of participating teachers reported that the CAT workshops helped their students learn how to better manage conflict as well as how their individual choices can lead to healthy and unhealthy consequences. CAT works with students and adults to identify and address the root causes 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, de-escalation, 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 and the choices they can make to improve the situation – or make it combust. In FY2018, CAT delivered a new violence prevention project that included live theatre performances and residencies for students, as well as workshops for parents and teachers. The program focused on real world issues, primarily cultural identity, bias, peer pressure and bullying, as well as domestic violence, housing, unemployment and poverty. On college campuses, CAT’s CAP Team increased their work on sexual harassment and violence awareness and prevention.

FY2018 Impact:  1,208 Middle School Students in 25 Residencies at 7 Middle Schools

 1,956 High School Students in 26 Residencies at 17 High Schools  180 Early, Elementary & Middle School Students in Transitional Housing Sites  56 Residencies—483 Workshops—for Students  361 Students Attended 10 Violence Prevention Theatrical Performance  650 College Students, 15 Sexual Harassment Prevention Sessions  1,095 Direct Student Service Hours, 1,145 Total Service Hours  31 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  81 Parents, 30 Hours of Parenting Skills Workshops  150 Educators, 20 Hours of Professional Development 22

“My experience was surprisingly good because it changed the way I looked at conflicts and it made me realize that it’s not always about getting what you want.” “CAT is good because it gave a voice to people who don’t have a voice.” - High School Students “This was important for the students. Many feel they do not belong because they think their story/identity/ culture is different from everyone else’s. They found out that they have more in common with their classmates than they thought.” - High School Teacher 15


Life Skills 100% 94%

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. In FY18, the CAP team concluded the CUNY Next Steps program, a partnership with CUNY and Rikers Island, focusing 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 nontraditional 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

FY2018 Impact:    

16

89 Incarcerated Youth 244 Incarcerated Adults 326 Sessions 4 Rikers Island Detention Facilities

21


After-School Programs 100%

of responding school staff noted improved selfexpression, collaboration, problem-solving, and characterdevelopment skills; 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 FY18, CAT’s 18 CASA programs throughout the city served elementary through high school students. 1st and 2nd grade students worked on theatre games and interactive storytelling, using classic fairy tales to fuel role playing, improvisation and narrative structures. 3rd to 5th graders focused on improvisation, creating characters and scenes, building group dynamics, and sharing presentations. Through theatre exercises, such as tableau, role play, discussion and scene development, middle school 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. High schoolers explored their creativity via poetry and theatre activities. 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.

FY2018 Impact:     20

51 After-School Residencies in 25 Schools & 3 Community Sites 134 Middle & High School Students in Literacy Programs 884 Elementary, Middle & High School Students in Theatre Programs

4,469 Direct Student Service Hours

“I never thought we would be able to create and perform our own play. And we did it. It showed me that I can do anything if I try hard enough.” - Middle School Student “There is a student who is so introverted and was extremely shy about performing. He now has the best sound effects and thinks outside of the box for scenes. He's done a 360.” - Elementary Teacher “By participating in this creative and imaginative process, our students increase their selfconfidence, strengthen their ability to work with their peers, and enhance their talent for organizing and sharing their thoughts and ideas.” - High School Principal 17


College & Workplace Readiness & Success 96%

of participating CUNY students reported that they have

learned how attitude, aptitude, accountability and adaptability affects their academic success after attending CAT workshops on their campus. 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 and college students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated students, families in transitional housing, and immigrant populations. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to remain 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 FY18, the CAP team partnered with a new CUNY program, the CUNY Foster Care Initiative, working with young adults who have moved from foster facilities to CUNY dorms. CAP continued sexual harassment awareness and prevention efforts on CUNY campuses, and provided training for educators and student leaders in the CUNY ASAP and Explorers programs, and worked with several ongoing CUNY programs, including the Fatherhood Academy and Black Male Initiative. College readiness and success, workplace readiness, and conference session topics ranged from hazing issues to financial literacy, mental health, communication skills, and time management.

FY2018 Impact:  230 Middle & High School Students  119 College Readiness Workshops

“The workshop was great because it reiterated the importance of getting involved, speaking up and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. This was particularly important because that is the goal of orientation and coming to college. Overall, the workshop was fun, interactive and motivational.” – CUNY Faculty

 3,790 College Students  97 College/Workplace Success Workshops and 6 Conference Sessions 18

 58 Sites, including 17 College campuses, 28 High Schools, 1 Middle School 19


College & Workplace Readiness & Success 96%

of participating CUNY students reported that they have

learned how attitude, aptitude, accountability and adaptability affects their academic success after attending CAT workshops on their campus. 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 and college students, youth and adults in correctional facilities, formally incarcerated students, families in transitional housing, and immigrant populations. CAP workshops help prepare students for college, provide the skills to remain 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 FY18, the CAP team partnered with a new CUNY program, the CUNY Foster Care Initiative, working with young adults who have moved from foster facilities to CUNY dorms. CAP continued sexual harassment awareness and prevention efforts on CUNY campuses, and provided training for educators and student leaders in the CUNY ASAP and Explorers programs, and worked with several ongoing CUNY programs, including the Fatherhood Academy and Black Male Initiative. College readiness and success, workplace readiness, and conference session topics ranged from hazing issues to financial literacy, mental health, communication skills, and time management.

FY2018 Impact:  230 Middle & High School Students  119 College Readiness Workshops

“The workshop was great because it reiterated the importance of getting involved, speaking up and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. This was particularly important because that is the goal of orientation and coming to college. Overall, the workshop was fun, interactive and motivational.” – CUNY Faculty

 3,790 College Students  97 College/Workplace Success Workshops and 6 Conference Sessions 18

 58 Sites, including 17 College campuses, 28 High Schools, 1 Middle School 19


After-School Programs 100%

of responding school staff noted improved selfexpression, collaboration, problem-solving, and characterdevelopment skills; 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 FY18, CAT’s 18 CASA programs throughout the city served elementary through high school students. 1st and 2nd grade students worked on theatre games and interactive storytelling, using classic fairy tales to fuel role playing, improvisation and narrative structures. 3rd to 5th graders focused on improvisation, creating characters and scenes, building group dynamics, and sharing presentations. Through theatre exercises, such as tableau, role play, discussion and scene development, middle school 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. High schoolers explored their creativity via poetry and theatre activities. 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.

FY2018 Impact:     20

51 After-School Residencies in 25 Schools & 3 Community Sites 134 Middle & High School Students in Literacy Programs 884 Elementary, Middle & High School Students in Theatre Programs

4,469 Direct Student Service Hours

“I never thought we would be able to create and perform our own play. And we did it. It showed me that I can do anything if I try hard enough.” - Middle School Student “There is a student who is so introverted and was extremely shy about performing. He now has the best sound effects and thinks outside of the box for scenes. He's done a 360.” - Elementary Teacher “By participating in this creative and imaginative process, our students increase their selfconfidence, strengthen their ability to work with their peers, and enhance their talent for organizing and sharing their thoughts and ideas.” - High School Principal 17


Life Skills 100% 94%

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. In FY18, the CAP team concluded the CUNY Next Steps program, a partnership with CUNY and Rikers Island, focusing 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 nontraditional 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

FY2018 Impact:    

16

89 Incarcerated Youth 244 Incarcerated Adults 326 Sessions 4 Rikers Island Detention Facilities

21


Violence Prevention 100% 91%

of participating teachers reported that the CAT workshops helped their students learn how to better manage conflict as well as how their individual choices can lead to healthy and unhealthy consequences. CAT works with students and adults to identify and address the root causes 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, de-escalation, 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 and the choices they can make to improve the situation – or make it combust. In FY2018, CAT delivered a new violence prevention project that included live theatre performances and residencies for students, as well as workshops for parents and teachers. The program focused on real world issues, primarily cultural identity, bias, peer pressure and bullying, as well as domestic violence, housing, unemployment and poverty. On college campuses, CAT’s CAP Team increased their work on sexual harassment and violence awareness and prevention.

FY2018 Impact:  1,208 Middle School Students in 25 Residencies at 7 Middle Schools

 1,956 High School Students in 26 Residencies at 17 High Schools  180 Early, Elementary & Middle School Students in Transitional Housing Sites  56 Residencies—483 Workshops—for Students  361 Students Attended 10 Violence Prevention Theatrical Performance  650 College Students, 15 Sexual Harassment Prevention Sessions  1,095 Direct Student Service Hours, 1,145 Total Service Hours  31 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  81 Parents, 30 Hours of Parenting Skills Workshops  150 Educators, 20 Hours of Professional Development 22

“My experience was surprisingly good because it changed the way I looked at conflicts and it made me realize that it’s not always about getting what you want.” “CAT is good because it gave a voice to people who don’t have a voice.” - High School Students “This was important for the students. Many feel they do not belong because they think their story/identity/ culture is different from everyone else’s. They found out that they have more in common with their classmates than they thought.” - High School Teacher 15


Youth Theatre 100%

of CAT Youth Theatre Members reported that the program increased their performance skills; 89% said their speaking skills have increased; and 83% noted increased collaboration and thinking skills and have learned to use 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 DOMINOES, the 2018 original show, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in February. It explored various “domino effects” that exist in our communities, including the #MeToo movement, gun violence, racial violence, mental health, geopolitical issues, family dynamics and more. CAT’s Junior Youth Theatre, for middle school students, presented three original performances throughout the year – BOARDWALK in August, THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING in December, and THE THING CALLED LOVE in May. Youth Theatre alumni closed out FY18 with a performance by The Ensemble, a select group of Youth Theatre alumni who are skilled devisers and performers.

FY2018 Impact:  78 High School Students/Youth Theatre Members/Participants  132 Middle School Students/Jr. Youth Theatre Members/Participants  694 Hours of After-School Theatre Programming  1,105 Audience Members attended the Youth Theatre production at Baruch Performing Arts Center 14

 213 Audience Members attended the three Jr. Youth Theatre shows

“CAT helps me be more confident. I’m also able to grow and learn about my surroundings and society.” “I’ve learned that we all have a voice and we can change the world. If we want a better future we must pursue it.” - Youth Theatre Members “What a moving, inspiring, agitating, truth-telling, theater experience!!!!” - Audience Member 23


Literacy Through Drama 94%

of participating students brainstormed and explored real world issues and current events, used their own creativity to make artistic choices, and said they were more comfortable listening to classmates’ ideas and working together as a group after working with CAT. 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. The in-school, project-based curriculum, developed in close coordination with classroom teachers, directly addresses academic learning objectives in accordance with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies with the goal of improving academic skills, social-emotional health, world readiness and active global citizenship. The after-school program boosts literacy skills while providing students with opportunities to express themselves creatively. Teaching Artists create a balance of literacy and theatre skill-building experience, helping students increase their ELA scores through engaging, interactive activities. In FY18, LTD added a new project supporting middle school social studies curricula with in-class literacy and drama work, encouraging student engagement in world history. LTD also began a literacy intensive program to boost literacy and social-emotional learning for high school students.

FY2018 Impact:         24

5,277 Direct Service Hours of Literacy Programming 1,296 In-School Students, 3rd-12th Grade, 14 Residencies in 10 Schools 134 After-School Students, 6th-12th Grade, 12 Residencies in 8 Schools 27 Literacy Residencies 11 Schools in Year-Long Programs 526 Young Adult Literacy Students at 9 Events in 8 Locations 24 Schools & Community Sites 133 Teachers Participated in 15 hours of Professional Development

“My favorite part of this class was when we as a group were able to plan out skits on a multitude of topics and later perform them. This is my favorite part because it lets me express myself to others.” “My favorite part of the class is the drama and the way they make me feel more comfortable in class and the way [the Actor-Teachers] speak about things that actually relate to my problems.”

- High School Students 13


NYC Student Shakespeare Festival 94%

of responding students said they feel more confident expressing their ideas, brainstorming themes and working with a group to create and problem-solve together; and reported being more familiar with elements of theatre after participating in the Festival. 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 15,000 young people and 400 teachers with a chance to create their own work of original theatre using Shakespeare's text and 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. Each piece must also include a rap, song, or rhythmic chant using Shakespeare’s text. This wildly successful experiment, with students age 7 to 18 rapping and singing their way through Shakespeare’s poetry, has made our annual Festival better with each passing year. 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, multi-day Festival. In FY18, 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, homelessness, police violence, misogyny, gossip, teen pregnancy, family tension, and all forms of love through the words of William Shakespeare. CAT has found that addressing topical issues through the lens of Shakespeare often gives students more accessible ways to not only understand (and enjoy) Shakespeare, but also the world around them.

FY2018 Impact:

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509 2nd-12th Grade Students 27 Teacher participants 21 Classes from 16 Participating Schools 105 In-School Residency Sessions 15 Hours of Professional Development 3 Culminating Festival Days at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

480 Direct Student Service Hours

“Best PD in my decadeslong arts education career.” “This has exposed my students to language they would not be exposed to until high school or college. They were able to connect with the same social issues we have today. It’s a very creative way to teach students.” “Overall, it is truly a joy to see students tell a story in Shakespearean language and not even realize they have so dramatically altered their speech.” – Participating Teachers 25


Early Learning 98%

of participating classroom teachers said CAT’s training and in-classroom work stimulated high levels of student participation in discussion; helped teachers create lesson plans inspiring student enthusiasm, interest, thinking and problem-solving skills, and use questions encouraging high cognitive challenge. CAT’s Early Learning Program (ELP) uses interactive drama to strengthen literacy, critical thinking, and essential social-emotional skills for 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 FY18, with the support of the NYCT Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education for a fourth year, ELP provided an intensive matrix of professional development workshops and in-class residences to bolster literacy skills among under-resourced students in 10 New York City public schools. 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 the United Federation of Teachers, providing professional development workshops to its members. ELP’s groundbreaking work with early childhood students continues to prompt requests from institutions including the New York Public Library, NYC Department of Education, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and more.

FY2018 Impact:  3,400 Early Learners from Head Start & Pre-K through 2nd Grade  792 Early Childhood Educators  30 Parents  39 Schools & Community Sites, including 2 Transitional Housing Sites  50 Emergent Literacy & Bullying Prevention Residencies  293 Professional Development Workshops  7 Parent Workshops  1,975 Direct Student Service Hours; 2,680 Total Service Hours  3 international & state conferences 26

“I now have a basis of reflection that can segue into prep for the following school year. Thank you for all that you have done for my teaching practice this year!” -Participating Teacher “The best PD ever! Please do more with these wonderful presenters. Many new ideas for teaching poetry and formulating questions–and for making it engaging and fun.” -Participating Teacher “These parent workshop ideas are a wonderful way to show parents how to develop language with their kids.” -Participating Parent 11


Professional Development 100%

of participating Homes for the Homeless educators reported that what they learned from CAT helped their early learners build empathy, self-expression and collaboration skills, as well as abstract or conceptual thinking skills. A vital part of CAT’s mission is to share the interactive, student-centered 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 FY18, CAT’s professional development outreach included workshops in early childhood education, bullying and dropout prevention, literacy, and college readiness, as well as workshops for Homes for the Homeless educators. CAT staff presented sessions at several conferences, including the American Alliance for Theatre Education and NYC Arts In Education Roundtable Face to Face Conferences. FY18 also saw the creation of a brand new program encouraging equity in leadership in NYC arts organization, CreateNYC: Leadership Accelerator, developed by CAT and CUNY SPS and provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. As Technical Assistance (TA) Provider for 16 Young Adult Literacy Programs (YALP) across all 5 boroughs, CAT provided support and training in recruitment and retention, curriculum design, facilitation and best practices. YALP sites help Pre-HSE youth—overaged, under-credited youth (16-24 year-olds reading at a 4th grade level)—improve their skills and pass the High School Equivalency exam. In FY18, CAT helped YALP develop into 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, as well as providing more health and self-care training for youth-serving staff.

FY2018 Impact:

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1,658 Educators and Youth Development Professionals 1,639 Conference Participants 110 Parents 480 YALP Practitioners & Young Adults from 16 Sites 526 YALTA Workshops & Events 594 Professional Development, Conference & Parent Workshops

“I gained knowledge of different approaches to situations that can be used both with coworkers and children.” - Early Childhood Educator “Diving deeper into equity really helped me understand how we can make our students get what they need and succeed.” - Middle School teacher “The necessity to flesh out, scaffold, and process my work with more intention! I believed, before this, that I was purposeful, but I see there are more steps in the learning process I need to consider.”

- YALP Instructor

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4,610

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

1,667 180 4,920 3,570 19,859

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 FY2018

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

28

CUNY students participated in CAT workshops

Young People and Adults, Parents and Educators participated in CAT programs in FY2018

9


FY2018—By The Numbers...

5,788 2,336 4,132 3,297 6,273 $0

High School, College, and Non-Traditional Students participated in CAT’s College & Workplace Readiness & Success programs

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“...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

Educators & Youth Development Professionals participated in CAT’s Professional Development workshops and Conference sessions

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

amount paid by students 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: 

82 Current Students

154 Alumni

77 Collaborative Thesis Projects

109 Community Partners

66 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 FY2018... Bronx Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning Bronx Field Support Center Bronx High School for the Visual Arts Bronx School for Law Government and Justice Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists Bronx Works Celiz Cruz Bronx High School of Music Explorations Academy High School H.E.R.O. High Lehman College Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies NYPL Bronx Public Library- West Farms Branch NYPL-Bronx Library Center- Central Branch NYPL-Bronx Public Library- Mott Haven One World Middle School at Edenwald Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center Pelham Preparatory Academy Prospect Family Inn PS 021X Philip H. Sheridan PS 103 Hector Fontanez PS 111 Seton Falls PS 146 Edward "Pop" Collins School PS 160X The Disney School PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School Riverdale Early Childhood Center Riverdale/ Kingsbridge Academy- MS/ HS 141 The Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School The Highbridge Green School Theater Arts Production Company School University Heights Secondary School Watson Avenue Early Childhood Center

Brooklyn Academy of Innovative Technology Bedford Academy High School Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center- Quincy Street Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn College Brooklyn College Academy Brooklyn Environmental Exploration School Brooklyn Public Library- Bedford Branch Brooklyn Public Library- New Lots Branch City Polytechnic High School Of Engineering, Architecture, And Technology Cobble Hill School of American Studies Cypress Hill Middle School Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High School Fort Greene Preparatory Academy Gotham Professional Arts Academy High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus

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High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology IS 96 Seth Low Kingsborough Early College School Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Medgar Evers College Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School Midwood High School at Brooklyn College Mill Basin Early Childhood Center MS 722K New Heights Middle School Nazareth Early Childhood Center New York City College of Technology New York City College of Technology Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow PS 015K-Patrick F. Daly PS 019 - Roberto Clemente School PS 105 Blythebourne School PS 119 The Amersfort School PS 214 Michael Friedsam PS 215- Morris H. Weiss PS 249 The Caton PS 308 - Clara Cardwell School PS 316 Elijah Stroud PS 66K Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II, MS 484 Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College School at Erasmus Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School YMCA Greater NY- Y Roads Eastern District

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. 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 Theatre, founded by CAT staff in 2008 as the nation’s first degree program in this field. CAT is part of the CUNY K-16 Initiatives Division.

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 researchbased 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.

Manhattan Baruch College Borough of Manhattan Community College CAT Training Center City College of New York Community Health Academy of the Heights CUNY- Graduate Center CUNY Office of Academic Affairs Frederick Douglass Academy Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School Frederick Loewe Theatre Gramercy Arts High School Guttman Community College Hunter College Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Kappa IV LaGuardia High School Laughing Lotus Yoga Center Lucille Lortell Theatre Manhattan Early Childhood Center

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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Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) Martin Luther King, Jr. High School for Arts and Technology New York Public Library Admin Offices New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library Northside Center Day School PS 123 - The Mahalia Jackson School PS 153 - Adam Clayton Powell PS 314 - Muscota PS/IS 276 Battery Park City School School of Professional Studies Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center- Senior Center The Door UFT Headquarters

Queens Antun's August Martin High School Business Technology Early College High School (BTech) Central Queens YM & YWCA CUNY School for Law Energy Tech High School Forest Hills High School Fortune Society, The George Motchan Detention Center George R. Vierno Center Grover Cleveland High School High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture Humanities & Arts magnet High School I.S. 204 The Oliver W. Holmes School Information Technology High School International High School for Health Sciences JHS 185 Edward Bleeker LaGuardia Community College Long Island City High School Mathematics, Science Research & Technology Magnet High School Pan American International High School Pathways in Technology Early College High School PS 002Q Alfred Zimberg School PS 017 Henry David Thoreau PS 054 Hillside PS 112 Dutch Kills PS 117 Keld/Briarwood School PS 127 Aerospace and Science Academy PS 148 PS 149Q Christa Mcauliffe PS 151 PS 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School PS 159Q PS 171Q Peter G. Van Alst

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PS 173 Fresh Meadows PS 228Q Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts PS 234 PS 329 East Elmhurst Community School PS 69 - Jackson Heights PS/IS 268 Queens Academy High School Queens College Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology Queens Public Library- Astoria Queens Public Library- Far Rockaway Branch Queens Public Library- Jamaica Branch Queens United Middle School Queensborough Community College Renaissance Charter School Richmond High School Robert N. Davoren Center Rockaway Boulevard Neighborhood Senior Center Rose M. Singer Center Saratoga Family Inn Springfield Gardens, Queens Early Childhood Center Voyages Preparatory High School Waterside Children's Studio School York Early College Academy

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

Other Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter (New Orleans, LA) Hilton Long Island/ Huntington (Melville, NY) HistoryMiami Museum (Miami, FL) Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing, NY) The Laurel Hill School (East Setauket, NY) The National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.)

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Inside this report… About CUNY-CAT .........................................................................7 CUNY-CAT in FY2018—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 NYC Student Shakespeare Festival........................................ 24 Professional Development ...................................................... 26

FY2018 CATalysts ....................................................................... 34

“My favorite part of this project was the acting… I think now that I might want to pursue a career in it.” – 6th Grade Student (Shakespeare Festival)

“I came to CAT because I love theatre and I love the environment it provides and the people that are in it. The way the program is run and all the time and effort the staff put into this program is greatly appreciated.”

“It was great to see new friendships form within the group. Also, some of the very shy students became noticeably more open and comfortable speaking in front of their peers! The CAT Artists are both very talented and entertaining and the students had a great time learning theatre skills from them!” – Elementary Teacher (After–School Program)

CUNY SPS Masters in Applied Theatre ................................... 28 Where we were in FY2018 ....................................................... 30 Acknowledgments ................................................................... 32

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“This helped me a lot! I love CAT. Come back next year please!” – High School Student (Violence Prevention)

—CAT Youth Theatre Member

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Thanks To You… 19,859

Students, Teachers and Parents benefitted from

CAT programs in every New York City Council District in FY2018. The partnerships CAT has developed with the public and private sectors 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

Increase resiliency in NYC’s young people

In FY2019, 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 FY19.

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

“Best show ever!” “I want to be in it next year!” - SUCASA Audience Members , Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults “There are SO many reasons I came to CAT youth. First and foremost the acting skills and techniques I get to learn. Secondly, the voice I get to have and the privilege of having a space where I can share my voice and make an impact with it. Finally, the people! The connections and friendships you build with your peers and directors. Collaborating together to create something so powerful is an amazing thing. Also, it’s free! My parents used to not want me acting so that enabled me to come and since I had the willingness to put in time, I was able to be part of it.”

- CAT Youth Theatre Member 4

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Thanks to our FY2018 CATalysts New York City & State Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment (MOME) 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 Corey Johnson and 51 Council Members  NYC Council Discretionary, Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA), SU-CASA, Dropout Prevention Initiative (DPI), and Crisis Management Systems (CMS) Grants: Adrienne E. Adams, Inez Barron, Costa Constantinedes, Robert Cornegy, Mathieu Eugene, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andy King, Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman, I. Daneek Miller, Bill Perkins, Helen Rosenthal, Ritchie Torres, Paul Vallone, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Jumaane Williams  NYS Council on the Arts      

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

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Anbinder Family Foundation Bank of America Birch Family Services The Brian A. Patterson Charitable Fund Brooklyn Community Foundation Chinese-American Planning Council 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 Cypress Hills Development Corp. HistoryMiami Museum Homes for the Homeless Jewish Communal Fund Jujamcyn Theaters The Lucille Lortel Foundation Morgan Stanley New York Community Trust: Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education The ONE Festival Penguin USA RBC Wealth Management Scherman Foundation Seoul National University of Education TowerBrook Foundation Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Individuals Casem AbuLughod Yara Adam Katherine Almirañez Constantin Andrianakis Bridget Kelso Anthony Kevin Anthony Phillip Anzalone Julia Arazi William Artuso Danny Ashkenasi Alexa Aviles Caroline N. Azano Ann Marie Balcerzak Margaret Barnhart Kimberly Barry Shawn C. Bassett William & Joanna Baron Sherry & John Bauman Joshua Bauml Paul Bedard Rori J. Bergman Ashley Berman Linda Bermas Maren Berthelsen Michael & Julia Birman Thomas J. Black II Sonya Blackmon Lois Bodnick Nicholas Boukis James Boyer & Amy De Stefano Brigid C. Brady Gloria Brand Heather Brassner Deborah Breen Fatmata Britton Lois Broderick Kristel J. Brown Elyse Buxbaum Katharine Byrne Laura Corazon Cabochan Madeline Calandrillo Johnny Camacho Donna Campbell Marisa del Campo Susan Cannon Grace V. Cannon Brigette Carman Kristin Carney Daniel Carrier Susan R. Cassidy Rachel Castillo Joseph Del Castillo Jessica Cermak Michael Cerveris Susan Champa Jose Chavez-Garcia Laurence Checler Claire Cipriani Nancy Clarke Suzanne Clifton Walsh

Dara Beth Cohen Melonie Collado Anne Coneys Cass Conrad Patricia A. Conway Kathryn Creagh Jessica Crowe-Rothstein Alexandria Cruz Daniel Cruz John D. Curtin Kenneth Curtin & Mary Gargan Judith Daly Zuzana Das Stacy E. Davidowitz Ramone Davis Cori J. Davis Claro de los Reyes Anthony J. DeAngelis Yajaira Deleon Thomas & Loretta De Lorenzo Andrea B. Dishy Nicolette Dixon Chris & Bob Donohue Claire C. Donohue Paul F. Donohue Theresa C. Donohue Pune Dracker Nicole Dumas Lynn Dunning Vaughn Laurie Durrett Symone Edwards Stephanie S. Eiss Ramy Eletreby Richard & Lora Ellenson Rachel E. Evans Shevah Faber Joe Ferraro Susan C. Ferraro Donna Ferraro Alanna Finn Katy Finn Shawn Fischer Sylvia Fish William J. Fleming Stephen Fleming Alexandria Fleming Joseph A. Fleming Mitalene Fletcher Priscilla Flores Jake Flum Alexander Freedgood Katharine Freeman Anna Frenkel Nydia E. Garcia Eridania D. Garcia Carli Gaughf Cynthia Geiger Marilyn Geller Richard C. Girnius David Glennon Sam Gold

Dear Friends, I am excited to share The Creative Arts Team’s FY18 annual report with you. Thank you for being part of a community that supports CUNY-CAT’s on-going commitment to use interactive drama and theatre to seed change in communities, encourage young learners as they become critical thinkers, and engage people to re-imagine their own lives, goals, and future success. FY18 has been a wonderful year, marking the 44th anniversary of CAT’s groundbreaking arts-in-education work in classrooms and communities throughout New York City, and our 13th year at CUNY as one of the University’s K-16 Initiatives. In FY18, CAT partnered with nearly 180 schools, colleges and community sites across NYC to serve more than 19,000 individuals. Our work responded to a broad range of needs and ambitions voiced by incredibly diverse participants. Every day, I am inspired by CAT’s educators, teaching artists, students and adult participants who continue the impactful work of our longstanding, high-impact programs, including the Literacy Through Drama program, Early Learning Program, College and Adult Program, CAT Youth Theatre, NYC Student Shakespeare Festival, and the Young Adult Literacy Technical Assistance Program.

We also launched new programming in FY18, including the CreateNYC: Leadership Accelerator, a partnership with CUNY SPS and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to support equity in leadership for arts and culture professionals. Additionally, we partnered with the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment and NY is Music to develop a new multi-year program for high school students that launched in July 2018. Sound Thinking NYC addresses gender equity in New York’s thriving music industry, teaches leadership skills, and introduces students to career pathways in music and sound production. On behalf of CAT and the thousands of participants we reached this past year, I thank our program and funding partners, individual donors, City Council Members, and colleagues and friends who support CAT in so many ways. Your generosity and commitment contributes tremendously to the successful programming that serves communities throughout New York City and beyond.

Jeanne Houck, Ph.D. Executive Director

“CAT helped me figure out who I am and what I want to be.” - High School Participant

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Mohit Gourisaria Nichole Graham Kristin Granlund Jackie & Nick Gravante Amy & Steven Green-Gorelick Max Greenfield John Grillo Heather Grundy Nancy Hammock Patti Handley Evie Hantzopoulos Lori Haram Heather Harpham Janet S. Hayakawa Donine S. Hedrick Karen S. Hedrick Dinah Heller Jane Herzog Diane & Steve Hirsch Sarah & Harvey Hoffman Vivian Hoffman J. D. Holdway Oma S. Holloway Rhona Honey Colleen Horan Jeanne Houck Talib A. Hudson Russell Imbrenda Dawn Jackson Younhee Jang Juan Jaramillo Jeffrey L. Johnson Lisa Jones David Jones Jessica Kaemingk Joanne & Bernie Kandler Julie Kaplan Seth Kaufman Ira W. Kent Henry William Keyser William Keyser Young Jun Kim Marina Kisel Lisa A. Klausing Nicole Kontolefa Adam Krause Steven Krause Stacey Kyser Shadae Lamar Smith Gabrialle E Landsverk Marcy S Langstein David & Suzu Ledoux Eun Young Lee Holly Lee Gaylene B. Lee Ed & Cindy Light Donna Linderman Susan Lobel Marion Lopez Teresa Lotz Antonio Lyons Jessica Macciariello

Elizabeth MacFarlane Sue A. Maloney Mary Beth Maloney Leonid Mamut Katherine Mapother Sonali Das & Pavel Mares Barry S. Margolin Michael J. Margolin Rosalie Margolis Gerald Markowitz Clifford J. Marnick Bridget A. Maron Dara Marsh Darlene Marsh Michael Mastrototaro Michelle Matos Ah-Keisha McCants James D. McCarthy Shaune McCarthy Caitlin E. McGarty Francis McGinnis Joan McGuinness Tracy Meade & Rob Bates Callie Meaney Alexandra Miletta Thomas Miller Amanda Minck Lin-Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nada Michael A. Mitchell David Mitnowsky Robert Mooney Mandy Moore Allyson R. Morgan Sara Morgulis Cathe & Jay Morrow Thomas S. Morse Maria Muentes Karen Mui Devin Murphy Kenneth L. Naanep Geoffrey Nauffts Godfrey Nazareth Julia Nickerson Gregory P. Nickerson Andrew Nickolson Carol M Nicodemi Sherry Norris & Jack Bauman Elizabeth M. O'Callahan Michelle M. O'Connor Joanne Oliver Cecily O'Neill Barb O'Neill Kelly O'Neill Levy Joanne Orecchio Elyse Orecchio Staci Ortiz Carol Oster & Art Freeman Debra Otte Michael Ovalle Raul J. Pacheco Michael Pantone

Joanne Pantuso Eva J. Pantuso Hana M. Pantuso Tessa Pantuso Robert Paterno Daniel Paterson Nellie Perera Maria Perez Diane Peterson Chris Phelps Anupama E. Pilbrow Julian Pimiento Bryce Pinkham Omar T. Pollard Catherine L. C. Price Liza Pross Steven Ratner Cassidy Regan Arsenia Reilly-Collins Julia K. Reimer Adam Rivera & Anilsa Sanchez Sandra Rivera-Perez Cesar & Elizabeth Robalino Veronica Rodriguez Presley Rodriguez Caryn Ronis Lindsay Rosen Dana Rosen Elisabeth Rosen Irwin Donald Rosuck Jordan Roth Gary Roth Tiffany B. Rothman Erica Rotstein Kristie Rubendunst Dr. Peter Rubin Emily Rubinstein Craig & Marilyn Sanders Filomena Santaniello Decicco Ma-Alona Santos John R. Sauter Amy Sawyers Amy C. Schellenbaum Grace Schiraldi Jeffrey Schoenfeld Mary Beth Schultz Jonathan William Schultz Stefanie Schussel Nancy Schwartz Rene O. Segura Leslie Seiden Jonathan R. Seidenwurm John & Sue Seminerio Dan Shaheen Sari Sharaby Susan Sharer Mikuko Shimura Lauren Shpall-Brown Stacey Siak Ariadne Sigault Lauren Silcott Robert Siragusa

David Skeist Mark A. Snider John Snider Susan Snider Martha D. Snider Margarita Soto Laura G. Speziale Jamie Steele Ivan W. Stockman Natalie Stringer Michael Angelo Stuno Allison Sturm Barbara Sullivan Lizabeth Surillo Madeleine Swart Judy Sweeney Stacey Tadelis Debbie Tangen-Mill Julia Taylor Nicole Thayer Meghan Thayer Anthony Thomas Joel Thomas Julie Ann Tompkins Danielle C. Trebotica Ruth M. Trovato Christine Cora True-Frost Demos Tsilikoudis & Yasmine Falk Alanna Tweedy Desiree Unger Amanda Vagnone Kathryn Vagnone Jan W Valle Ruth E. VanWhy Erick Vera Nicholas W. Vermane Laura K. von Holt Marisa Vural Laura N. Vural Suzanne Walsh Ariel Warmflash David Ward Benjamin Weber David A. Weber David Weigel Lewis Weissman Abby Wenzel Keith Wheelock Leslie White Tom & Beth White-O'Connor Thomas Wierzbowski Felicia Williams Daniel M. Williams Steve & Jeanne Wishengrad Lara Wolf Erin Woodward Kirk Woodward Steve Yoo Meredith Yuskewich Lynda Zimmerman Anna Zivian

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