Chickenshed NYC

Inclusive Theater Programs

Immersive Performances and Programs for
Children and Teens at the 14Y

Chickenshed
Players (CP)
Adventures from the Shed

Chickenshed NYC at the 14Y

Chickenshed NYC is an inclusive theatre company for children and young people, whose mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre by fostering inclusion and integration that inspires positive change.

Chickenshed’s model of Inclusive Theatre is based in the belief that everyone can flourish when everyone is included and its members represent the mosaic of cultures, ethnicities, disabilities and identities that make up our world.

Core programs include: Adventures from The Shed, immersive live performances for preschoolers and their families, My Little Adventure, singing, movement and storytelling program for preschoolers, and Chickenshed Players (CP), no-audition theatrical workshops for kids and teens where the participants are led by professional theatre practitioners to create and devise the productions they perform.

Winter/Spring Semester: January 10 – June 13

My Little Adventures: Ages 2-5
January 10 – May 31 | Tuesdays | 3:00 – 3:45 PM

Each child is given their own backpack filled with props that help them make up their own adventure during this new workshop program. Under the guidance of professional practitioners each session involves singing, movement, puppetry, storytelling and some basic ASL (American Sign Language).

CP1: Ages 5-7
January 14 – June 10 | Saturdays | 11:00 – 11:45 AM
January 3 – June 13 | Tuesdays | 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Children dive into all aspects of theatre making to explore The Power of Wonder, the central theme for this semester. Through playful games and activities that fuel their imagination and help them explore the magical world around them these young Players have fun with singing, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and basic American Sign Language in these dynamic workshops.

The children will only perform in front of their families and carers, allowing them to prepare for a wider audience when they move up to the next level.

CP 2: Ages 7-10
January 14 – June 10 | Saturdays |
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
January 3 – June 13 | Tuesday | 4:50 PM – 6:00 PM

This semester children will be helping to create a new show Don’t Stop Believin’. The overarching theme of this new theatre piece is to theatrically show how we can move towards a healthier world with less pollution, litter and food waste. The high Theatre Practitioner to Player ratio allows us to facilitate small groups, establishing foundations for strong relationships within our community. In this setting, children regularly showcase their theatrical activities in front of each other in preparation of performing in front of a large audience. This builds their confidence so that they are ready to perform to a wider audience at show time.

In addition, we invite a guest scientist to workshop with the Players on themes related to the upcoming show which inspires and fuels the children to add their creativity and ideas as part of the rehearsal process.

CP 3: Ages 10-13
January 14 – June 10 | Saturdays | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This semester Players create and devise Don’t Stop Believin’, a brand new show made entirely from recycled materials, from the set and costumes to the toe-tapping tunes! Making a healthier world is a big task but whether we are students, artists, scientists, engineers or storytellers, young or old we can all have a part to play. During the creation process Players meet with guest scientists to discuss how we can make a healthier world and these ideas become part of the show told through music, movement and storytelling. Our inclusive methodology and no audition policy, fosters kindness and inclusion, ensures everyone can enjoy the experience of being part of a theatrical production.

CP 4: Ages 13-17+
January 14 – June 10 | Saturdays | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Don’t Stop Believin’ is a brand new show made entirely from recycled materials, from the set and costumes to the toe-tapping tunes. The show takes inspiration from the Players, young people here and internationally, famous figures from the past and present and the audience itself! Each performance features a unique and unmissable Recycle Rap, weaving in the words the audience have shared with us that day and written by the cast during the show. Unlike other theatre companies older Players may have the opportunity to act as group leaders and mentors as well during the semester whilst rehearsing within their own program, layering on and deepening our theatrical community.

Guest scientists and artists on themes such as pollution and food waste workshop with the Players inspiring and fueling ideas to be added into the show. These visits support everyone by adding knowledge and depth to the work being rehearsed as they prepare to perform.

Learn More and Register
Workshops are rolling admission and prorated.

14Y Members receive a 14% discount on class registration with coupon code 14Y.

Chickenshed NYC is delighted to be able to offer its Chickenshed Players programs to 14th Street Y members with their regular 14% discount—and if you sign up with a friend or family member, they come for half price!


Adventures from The Shed

Immersive, Inclusive Performances for Children Ages 2-5

Perfect for 2-5 years old Adventures from The Shed are lively immersive performances featuring puppetry, singing, dancing, storytelling and theatrical magic.

Each show follows a different theme that allow children to move, sing, and add their ideas to help the adventure unfold.

All performances include fun individual show backpacks and social distancing pods for kids and their families. All props and surfaces are cleaned in-between each show.

Upcoming Performances:

Jeeves’ Playdate!
Saturday, January 21 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Jeeves the Robot needs to find his welly boots in time for his playdate with Ella Isa. Can you help him find them?

Liondown’s Birthday Party!
Saturday, January 28 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

It’s Liondown’s Birthday and Mary-Jo and her friends need to find a present in time for his party. Can you help them?

Adventures from The Shed–in the 14Y Theater!
Saturday, February 4 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Jeeves the Robot needs to find his welly boots in time for his playdate with Ella Isa. Can you help him find them?

Scarlett’s Super Powers
Saturday, February 25 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Scarlett has lost some of her super powers. Can you help her find them?

Jeeves’ Playdate!
Saturday, March 11 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Jeeves the Robot needs to find his welly boots in time for his playdate with Ella Isa. Can you help him find them?

Scarlett’s Super Powers
Saturday, March 25 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Scarlett has lost some of her super powers. Can you help her find them?

Liondown’s Birthday Party!
Saturday, April 15 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

It’s Liondown’s Birthday and Mary-Jo and her friends need to find a present in time for his party. Can you help them?

Scarlett’s Super Powers
Saturday, April 29 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Scarlett has lost some of her super powers. Can you help her find them?

Jeeves’ Playdate!
Saturday, May 13 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Jeeves the Robot needs to find his welly boots in time for his playdate with Ella Isa. Can you help him find them?

Liondown’s Birthday Party!
Saturday, May 20 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

It’s Liondown’s Birthday and Mary-Jo and her friends need to find a present in time for his party. Can you help them?

Scarlett’s Super Powers
Saturday, June 17 | 10:00 AM | Purchase tickets

Scarlett has lost some of her super powers. Can you help her find them?

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Other Information:

Check-in begins at 9:45 AM, and the doors open at 10:00; we encourage you to arrive early to get your family registered and settled. Run time is approximately 30 minutes.

Safety first! Our team members have all been vaccinated against COVID-19, and anyone over the age of 5 must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. We have created a show that makes family safety a priority, so that everyone can have fun!

Please note that your family will be on a door-list for check-in; physical tickets are not necessary. A reminder and joining instructions will be emailed to you the evening before the show.

All tickets are just $7.50 each for the first two tickets and $5 for any additional children or adults!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.