Mind The Gap at NYTW

Mind the Gap – Intergenerational Theatre Workshop

In response to our key goal to foster candid and meaningful dialogue among artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds and generations, NYTW created Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop. Now in its fourth year, Mind the Gap workshops are held twice per season at NYTW, as well as in residence at multiple community locations around New York City.

Mind the Gap is a free workshop in which half of the participants are elders ages 60 and up, and half are teenagers ages 14-18. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants from each age group work in pairs to interview each other and write a play inspired by their partner's personal stories. Each session culminates with an invited presentation in which participants' work is read by professional actors.

NYTW believes that the act of investigating, listening and empathizing with someone of another generation, while using playwriting as a tool to understand and represent their unique experience, allows participants to broaden their perspective, see the other generation in a new light and take on the task of telling someone else's story with respect and understanding. Reciprocally, the act of sharing one's own stories and ultimately seeing them interpreted through another's eyes allows participants to gain insights into their own lives and begin to make meaning out of their personal narratives.

The goals of the program are both to teach writing and theatre skills as well as to foster better communication and understanding between these two age groups.

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NYTW holds sessions of Mind the Gap in the Summer (July-Aug) and Fall (Oct-Dec). We recruit participants by posting the information online, at local senior centers, high schools, and other locations within Manhattan and the outer boroughs.


Community organizations who have participated as partners with New York Theatre Workshop's Mind the Gap program include:

If you work with elders or teens and are interested in learning more about recruitment or a partnership with Mind the Gap, please contact Virginia Jimenez, Mind the Gap Outreach Coordinator, at mindthegap@nytw.org or Alexander Santiago-Jirau, Director of Education at 212-780-9037 ext. 9575

Mind The Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop is made possible by the Michael Tuch Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.