The center of Pushcart Players' mission, goals, programs, and operation

Arts Education & Learning

Rooted in the belief that the arts are an inseparable part of the human journey and an essential component of the educational process,
Pushcart Players develops intriguing, enriching and enlightening arts experiences.
“The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us, fostering creativity, goodness and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion or age.”
Randy Cohen
Ethics Writer, The New York Times
From an individual workshop to a long term residency, Pushcart makes arts education come alive with

Uniquely Designed Programs to Meet Your Needs

Kids Do Broadway

On-school-time or after: Kids learn all about theater by doing it! Over a period of 12 to 16 weeks, students rehearse, design, and costume familiar Broadway favorites under the direction of Pushcart Players’ teaching artists. Teachers, parents, and camp counselors collaborate on a dazzling culminating performance!

Pushcart Jr.

Pushcart’s canon of original musicals (see our repertoire) are adapted for schools and community organizations to be performed by youth ensembles of any cast size. Materials are licensed for self-production or can be directed by Pushcart education faculty.

Creative Drama Workshops

On-school-time or after: Students develop self-awareness, confidence, and collaboration in dramatic play and self-expression through Theater Exercises, Games, Storytelling, and Improvisation Technique. These activities create an exceptional pathway to learning and are designed to relate to any curriculum, theme or topic.

Development Through Drama Residency

On-school-time: Over a multi week period, students experience a more in-depth Creative Drama program that fosters an understanding of theater and creates a proficiency in expression.  Comprised of Theater Games, Storytelling, Improvisation Technique and Creative Writing, this “process” rather than “product” oriented program provides an excellent foundation for sequential learning in the arts.

Title I School Arts Integration Programs

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides federal funds to schools serving economically disadvantaged students and has four goals: improving student achievement, increasing student engagement, increasing parent engagement, and improving school climate and culture. Pushcart customizes programming that will serve as a model in using the arts to improve your school.

ADA & Exceptional Audiences

Pushcart Players offers a variety of on-school-time programs for special needs populations to make theater education and participation accessible to everyone.  Teaching artists work closely with educators and caregivers to tailor a project that meets the talents and interests of students in an inclusive environment. With sensitivity and skill, Pushcart opens the door for students to experience the benefits and joy of active engagement in theater.