Welcome to the NY+ Chapter of OpenSpot Theatre!

OpenSpot Theatre is a program specifically designed for everyone, from students with developmental disabilities to seniors looking for a fun, new adventure. Our New York + chapter, run by director Jake Rydell, provides classes and workshops throughout the New York Metro region, including Westchester County north of NYC, and Fairfield County in western Connecticut.

three students taking a selfie with mustache props and a stuffed koala bear

Whether you want a one day workshop or weekly classes, we bring the fun to you! You provide the space and we’ll provide the fun learning opportunities. We bring all our own props, sound equipment, and ideas. Let’s go on with the show, New York!

Want to learn more about OpenSpot Theatre and how our journey began? Check out our main website to learn more about the founders, our mission, and goals.

Learn More About OpenSpot Theatre

boy in orange shirt hugging instructor friendOur OpenSpot Theatre NY+ Instructors

Our staff of wonderful instructors make OpenSpot Theatre a great experience for everyone. Get to know the team on our instructors page.

Learn More About Our Instructors

What To Expect – Get a Feel For Our Classes

students in class flying around like airplanesPractices & Activities

Our practices are always a good time! We involve singing, dancing, and acting into every session held. No matter the age, ability, or verbal skills, we like to get our students moving, exploring, and learning. Teaching them critical theatre knowledge like projecting, cheating, and stage directions, we value our curriculum as a professional grade theatre workshop. But under this learning, we sneak in life skills reinforced with each new theatre game: eye contact, memory improvement, taking turns, speaking clearly, etc. Theatre is an excellent medium to learn/review social skills with dignity. Plus, it’s fun!

Showcase Performances

All performances are unique, but here are some attributes we can guarantee almost every time:

  • Theatre is for everybody! Which means our performances showcase everyone’s talents and sets up an environment for success. There is always an instructor narrating on stage, so if anyone needs a prompt: we’ve got you covered!
  • Performances have a singing, acting, and dancing component. If your child/student is preferential to one, no worries, it’ll be performed! If the actors are not mobile, again no worries. We creatively work in wheelchairs, etc. into each showcase.
  • The actors have a hand in writing their play. Whether it is choosing a song to sing, picking out characters, or forming the plot-line, the actors help shape the show.
  • The audience will love it! You’ll be amazed at the showcase presented. But not surprised; they’re all stars!

three girls dancing on stage during showcase performance