We are blown away.

Between October 21st and November 9th, we raised $165,142 … and counting! … for our #POWEROF20 campaign, exceeding our goal thanks to YOU!

By supporting the critical work of Opening Act, YOU are supporting life-changing access to theater for all young people living in NYC.

A BIG THANK YOU to our #POWEROF20 sponsor IHS Markit and challenge match partner Improv Asylum NYC!

Missed our annual, 20 day #POWEROF20 campaign? You can still DONATE today to support our incredible students!


The #POWEROF20 campaign is all about harnessing the power of small donations to make a big impact on the lives of young people living in New York City!

In 2000, an intrepid collection of artists, activists, and educators came together for a simple purpose: use theater to give young people living in NYC something to look forward to after school.

And they did. Twenty years on, over 3500 teenagers have learned improv, acting, and playmaking across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. Over 150 original, student-created performances have been presented Off-Broadway, and over 200 young people have been connected to exceptional college and career training, through Opening Act’s enriching summer, leadership, and alumni programming.


Opening Act has consistently been bringing FREE after school theater programming to New York City public schools. For many young people growing up in NYC, Opening Act is their only chance to have a high school theater experience. We think this is really important because only 40% of NYC public schools have theater programming and young people who engage in arts education are TWICE as likely to graduate from high school!

Help us spark the lives of as many young people as we can by giving them something to look forward to after school!


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