Apply to be a Teaching Artist with PTP

People's Theatre Project is currently seeking vibrant professional teaching artists of all interdisciplinary performance specialties to join our passionate and growing family of artist-activist-educators. PTP teaching artists are placed in residencies within our 30 school and community sites across four boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Our devising curriculum is designed around three rigorous Writing and Speaking Common Core Standards that together, demand self-assessment, critical thinking, clarity, revision, editing, collaboration and creativity. Each site-specific residency is uniquely tailored to the needs of our partner organizations. Residencies generally range in length from 15-20 weeks (with the bulk of residencies occurring in Spring) and culminate in a formal sharing of the participants' devised theatrical collage presented for their community.

Theatre-makers specializing in acting, devised theatre, movement, playwriting, poetry, or puppetry with professional experience and an investment in working with public and independent school students in grades PreK-12 are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Fall Registration Now Open

Become a community actor with People's Theatre Project! 

People's Theatre Project is now seeking children, teens, and adults to take part in a collaborative theatre-making experience from September - December 2016. All programs are offered free of charge and take place at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center on 166th Street in Washington Heights. The youth meet on Saturdays and the adults meet on Wednesday evenings.

Please complete the registration form for one of the following programs.

  • CIRCLE UP 1 - (ages 6-8)
  • CIRCLE UP 2 - (ages 9-12)
  • TO BE HEARD - (ages 13 - 17)
  • UPTOWN ACTION - (ages 18 +)

You will be notified of your enrollment status approximately one week before the program begins. See below for program details.

If you have any questions, please contact Erika Dickerson at 646-398-9062 or


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The Future Is Ours – A Q&A With Junot Díaz

The Uptown Collective | Interview by Led Black


(Photo: Esquire)

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Junot Díaz is a Dominican superhero. A mild-mannered M.I.T. professor by day, he is a criollo caped crusader with the escudo emblazoned on his chest by night. For the last couple of decades, Junot has lovingly rendered the truths, trials and tribulations of the Dominican Diaspora. With mighty strokes from his pen, Junot has eternally etched the pain, power and profoundness of the Dominican experience onto the annals of literature. He literally put Dominican identity on the map.

Beyond the well-deserved awards and accolades, Junot Díaz is, ultimately, a man of the people. Someone who has not hesitated to speak truth to power – come what may. He is a shining example of the artist as activist. It is only fitting that the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) will be honoring this erstwhile man of the people at the United Palace right here in Washington Heights on June 21st.

Junot took some time to talk to us about the work of the PTP, racism, immigration, activism and the Trump phenomenon. Please read the Q&A below and purchase your tickets to join the People’s Theatre Project in honoring Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz and director of community pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center Dr. Dodi Meyer on what will be a very special night.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 646-398-9062.

Q. Since it’s inception the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) has been about bringing theater to the community. Why do you believe that is important?

Communities like ours have historically been under-served by arts organizations and when we’re talking about the Heights there’s no question that not enough of our young people have access to the performing arts. Theater is one of our oldest and most important art practices and it has the ability to open up a person, to change them, to give them hope knowledge and wisdom. Theater is the closest many of us come to sitting around a fire and listening to a storyteller—it links us to a very old and very necessary human need for collective narratives. As a form theater is extraordinary in encouraging introspection, deliberation, compassion, for engaging the full spectrum of our emotional selves and most significantly of all theater has historically been an excellent way to educate us in being human.

You don’t have to look further than HAMILTON to understand the revolutionary impact theater can have. There are thousands of thousands of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s in our community but because they haven’t been given access to the tools we will never benefit from their genius. That’s why PTP is so important—it helps those geniuses we have in our community come into their own.

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by Zahira Perez, 17, PTP Community Actor

ZahiraMy name is Zahira and my dreams have come true! I just received an acceptance letter from Babson College, the top entrepreneurship school in the United States!!! I am writing to you to tell you why I owe so much of this success to People’s Theatre Project.

I was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at age 11. The change was absolutely radical. I didn't speak the language and knew no one except for my family. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time, and in all honesty, I was not a fan of the city initially. It was crowded, dirty, and there was no space to run around and be free. 

I was not sure I would be able to adjust to this new, limited life. That, however, changed as soon as I met Mino Lora, one of the founders of the People’s Theatre Project, at Harbor Heights Middle School.

It all began with a 6th grade production of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the first time since I arrived, People’s Theatre Project made learning English fun! It was such a new and refreshing experience that from that moment on I knew the stage would be a part of my life for a long time. I have participated in PTP programs for almost 7 years now and have grown so much as a person, an artist and an activist.

Will you join me in giving back to People’s Theatre Project by making a donation online today?

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Washington Heights community faces issues of racism through theater

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Uptown Theater Group Tackles Racism Facing Latinos in Latest Performance

By Carolina Pichardo | DNAInfo | November 3, 2015 7:29pm

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A new play created and performed by 13 "community actors" will put issues of racism facing Latinos Uptown at center stage this week.

The People's Theatre Project's new performance, "Better Than You," acts as a tool for participants to rehearse for real-life events and brainstorm solutions to certain problems, organizers said.

During the play, actors will portray different characters and scenes that highlight various aspects of racism, violence or concerns within the Latino communities of Washington Heights and Inwood.

The performance also counts on audience involvement, with the actors asking theatergoers to tell them what they thought of the stories, as well as come onstage to demonstrate how they would have reacted in those situations. 

“All of our plays come directly from the real-life experience of our community actors,” said Mino Lora, program director of the People's Theatre Project. “Our goal is to engage our community in creative dialogue."









Mino Lora, Co-Executive and Program Director

C. 646-331-5421  O. 646-398-9062

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Washington Heights, NY (October 21, 2015) – A group of Northern Manhattan residents are taking to the stage with their new play Better Than You to speak out about racism facing Latinos. Community-based organization People’s Theatre Project is developing the play, based on the community actors’ true stories. The play will be presented in an interactive and bilingual community-brainstorming event on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th at 7:30pm at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W 166th St. Admission for both performances is Pay-What-You-Can. For more information and to reserve tickets call 646.398.9062 or visit

Better Than You features two short plays performed by 11 Spanish and English-speaking adult community members. The plots are taken directly from the stories shared by the group and are dramatized in a night of Forum Theatre where audience members are asked to intervene and become the struggling characters. Each play takes a look at personal moments of Latino characters facing racial injustice, and reflects larger systemic issues. The first play tells the story of NYC public school teacher, Mr. Nuñez, who is discriminated against, harassed, and ultimately fired by the school’s principal. The real life Mr. Nuñez is still fighting his unjust dismissal, and will play himself on stage.

The second play tells the story of Ramona and her family, immigrants to the country. Her cousin is the first to become a U.S. Resident, and their relationship faces a dramatic shift as she becomes abusive and threatens to tell immigration officials that Ramona, her sister, and daughter are undocumented. “This play takes a close look at the moment a Latina accepts the invitation of Whiteness and betrays her family and her heritage,” said People’s Theatre Project’s co-executive and program Director, Mino Lora. “This is the same insidious process we call assimilation that so many immigrant groups have embraced throughout the country’s history."


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New Play About Racism Facing Latinos | Nov 6 & 7



You are invited to attend BETTER THAN YOU, People's Theatre Project's new play conceived, created and performed by the Uptown Action Community Actors. This bilingual and interactive event will feature two short plays performed by 13 Spanish and English-speaking adult community members. Each play takes a unique look at moments of Latino characters facing racial injustice. The plots are taken directly from the stories shared by the group and reflect pressing issues people of color face everyday. Following each of the rehearsed plays, a Community-brainstorming session will take place where audience members will be invited onstage to experiment with alternative solutions to the challenges portrayed in the plays. This is a must-be-there event!!


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CIRCLE UP (for Kids) & TO BE HEARD (for Teens)
9AM - 12PM (kids) | 10AM - 1PM (teens)
at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation | 45 Wadsworth Ave Map it

Registration is now open for the fall session of People's Theatre Project's free public programs for children and teens. Both the CIRCLE UP and TO BE HEARD program are offered free of charge and are open to children and teens ages 6-17. No experience is necessary. Participants should be ready to play, share ideas, collaborate, and be creative! Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is essential.

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