Hello Opening Act Community!

We are thrilled to invite you to YESfest, Opening Act’s annual festival of student plays! Join us live and in-person as our students bring their stories and their JOY to the stage!

RSVP to YESfest!

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine and masks required to attend!


YESfest is FREE and will include 18 original student-generated performances in 7 blocks throughout the weekend of May 20-22. Join us at The 52nd Street Project for as many performances as you wish!

YESfest 2021 HIGHLIGHTS 👇🏾


WATCH Opening Act alum Keren Raymond give a PERFORMANCE PEP TALK to Opening Act’s upcoming student performers!


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YESfest 2020 (virtual) WE DID IT!

Recorded LIVE on Facebook
Friday, May 15, 2020

It’s our 20th year of student performances and our first year ONLINE! In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Opening Act programming went online, working to engage sheltered-in students with weekly workshops in improv and creative writing. While students were not able to take the physical stage, they were able to showcase their work in our first ever virtual YESfest experience!

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YESfest 2019 was a success!

Audiences of family, friends, Teaching Artists, Board and Social Board members, staff, and alumni were blown away by the unique, singular, and student-centered stories highlighted on stage at the Five Angels Theater over two dynamic weekends in May, 2019!

Where can you find students-turned-superheroes, a K-Pop band that changes the world, and a politically charged live-action video game, all on one stage?


YESfest 2019
Opening Act’s festival of new plays!
May 11-12 & May 18-19 2019

Read more about YESfest 2019 on our blog and check out photos from the festival!

This annual event is free and open to the public!


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

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

Read about our Play Reading Event.