Theatre Classes and Performances

A view from the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance stage
Have you been to the land of make-believe? Many Island children have. They are the lucky ones who have taken classes after school at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA). And if you are lucky, you have seen them shine in plays, musicals and dance shows.

Hundreds of children have taken classes and participated in performances each year. Some have gone on to the Broadway and off-Broadway stage and to television. Many have become skilled stage managers and lighting technicians as a result of backstage work. All students take with them a love for the performance arts and a set of lifelong friends.

Theatre Classes

The Main Street Theatre is proud to offer a wide variety of classes for children of all ages. This year the following will be offered:

Creative Drama
Ages: K - 2nd grades
Taught By: Debra Orenstein
    Children evelop creative abilities in a fun, non-competitive environment with pantomime, improv and imaginative story-work.

Adult Musical Theatre Studio
Taught By: Paul Johnson, Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick and Mary McCatty

Students rehearse every weekend for the Musical Theatre production in the spring. Students must be ready, willing, and able to sing, act, and dance! This is a popular class, so register early!

Children's Theater
3rd through 7th Grades
Taught By: Phillip Bettencourt and Nathaniel Taylor-Leach

Be a part of Roosevelt Island's unique Children's Theatre experience. Learn the basics including improv, theatre games, basic scene study, storytelling and performance skills in a fun and supportive environment. Auditions and early registration for the Spring Children's musical will be held in December.

Teen Acting
8th through 12th Grades
Taught By: Mihaela Mihut and Nathaniel Taylor-Leach

Enjoy it all -- from basic stagecraft to more advanced concepts of comedy, drama, and classical theatre. Focus on improvisation, theatre games, team dynamics, creative movement, speech, and vocal production; explore and develop characters through monologues, scene work, and cold readings. Auditions and early registration for Spring teen musical and play will be held in December.

Acting for Adults
Taught By: Mihaela Mihut

Learn The Method, which was developed by Lee Strasberg, based on the work of Stanislavski. This class focuses on group exercises and scene work

Into the Woods

Ned Dishman and Greg Goodman in Into the Woods



Damn Yankees

Some of the cast of 2006's Damn Yankees