What is Open Stage Project?
A free after school program designed to introduce young women to the backstage theatrical arts. This program aims to create a revolution in the arts by empowering women's voices in all areas of theatrical storytelling.
November 26th, 2019
To kick off the holiday season, students attended a performance of Slava's Snow Show and a talkback after with the females working backstage including our Executive Director, Margaret Skoglund, who also serves as the show's General Manager.
November 19th, 2019
In November, Open Stage Project sponsored a panel of five women who've made careers backstage on Broadway. The standing room-only event was attended by students from schools in all five boroughs as well as industry professionals and union representatives.
November 11th, 2019
In November, Act 2 students toured Propstar, an almost entirely female props shop right in midtown Manhattan! The owner of the shop lead students on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.
October 18th, 2019
To kick off the fall semester, Act 2 students attended a performance of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. The show was followed by a talkback with female backstage crew members.
Tour: Steiner Studios
May 20th, 2019
On May 20th, students from the Academy for Careers in Television and Film toured Steiner Studios. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Steiner Studios is a 580,000 square foot Hollywood-style production and support facility. The studio tour was led by Local 52 member Jenny Kane.
April 30th, 2019
On April 30th, students from Repertory Company High School for the Arts attended a performance of What the Constitution Means to Me. The performance was followed by an exclusive question and answer session with female backstage crew, including Open Stage Project Advisory Board Member Arabella Powell, the Production Stage Manager for the play.
Event: Union Panel
April 9th, 2019
In order to teach young women the benefits and requirements of theater and film union membership, Open Stage Project hosted the first-ever Female Union Panel. This panel brought together professional women in IATSE and AFM, industry professionals, and high school women to discuss union membership.
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