“Opening Act gave me a voice.”

Franky | Opening Act Student (Bronx)

This year Opening Act’s year-long theater programs at 50 public high schools culminate at YESfest, a weekend festival of original work. Our student-created and performed plays have taken on topics ranging from gentrification, history repeating itself, fear of outsiders, and secrets – and are always the highlight of our year!

To RSVP please email and include date/show you are attending (full schedule below).

Friday, May 18

6:00 PM – Cobble Hill/Arturo Schomburg/Clara Barton

Saturday, May 19

1:00 PM – Lane/Grace Dodge/Frederick Douglass III

3:30 PM – Bronx Latin/Lehman

5:15 PM – Mott Haven/Columbus

Sunday, May 20

1:00 PM – Bushwick/Graphic/Walton

3:30 PM – Canarsie/Tilden

5:15 PM – Water’s Edge/SLC

Check out photos of last year’s YesFest!


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.