Secure your VIP table before they sell out! Contact Gabrielle Gilliam at to find out more.

Individual tickets go on sale late February!

PAST EVENTSOpening Act’s 13th Annual Benefit Play Reading is a celebration that brings together our students, alumni, and community to support empowering theater programming in NYC’s most high-need schools and includes powerful performances by a star-studded cast. This year’s Play Reading, IN THEIR OWN WORDS, will feature ALL original works by our students and alumni – for the first time ever.

Join us on April 2, 2019 at New World Stages for an evening you won’t forget!

More details about this must-see event coming soon……

PAST EVENTSWatch highlights from last year’s star-studded event, HEAR ME HERE.



Past Play Readings have featured the talents of such actors as Uzo Aduba, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cynthia Nixon, Aja Naomi King, Billy Porter, Auli’i Cravalho, John Slattery, Edie Falco, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Beau Bridges, Bernadette Peters, Dominique Fishback, and Courtney B. Vance, to name a few.  Featured playwrights have included Lynn Nottage, Katori Hall, Donald Margulies, Tracey Scott Wilson, Christopher Oscar Peña, Ike Holter, and Marcus Gardley.

GET INVOLVEDPlease contact Gabrielle Gilliam, Director of Development, at or (646) 992-8369.