Epic Theatre Ensemble

Significant multiyear operating support enables Epic Theatre's teaching artists to reach over 1500 public high school students at three NYC schools; whole-school programs at each site mean every student in every grade participates in classroom residencies every year.  About 180 of these students also participate in afterschool programming where they closely study a Shakespeare play, adapt it to a contemporary setting, and perform this “remix” for a general audience.

Epic also does impressive college access work.  Currently, 100% of 45 students working with the company year-round go on to four-year colleges.  Meringoff support will allow Epic to expand this hands-on, highly individualistic college advisement to include its entire afterschool population. 

"The simple truth is, I would not be where I am today without Epic's artists.  And I can say the same for my peers.  Epic challenged me to raise my personal bar of excellence academically, artistically, even politically. And now I am on a Theatre scholarship at Muhlenberg College alongside 4 other Epic alums."