“Opening Act gave me a voice.”

Franky | Opening Act Student (Bronx)

Opening Act’s year-long theater programs at 40 public high schools culminate at YESfest, a week-long festival of original work. These student-created and performed plays take on topics ranging from gentrification, history repeating itself, fear of outsiders, and secrets – and are always the highlight of our year!

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Opening Act students warm up on stage before their year-end performances. Photo by JG.

To see photos and video of previous years’ plays, visit our photo and video library.

Read about our Play Reading Event.