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At PGT, you will find every class and rehearsal to be a unique learning environment: an authentic arts experience that prepares you to be a truly creative, innovative, and compassionate artist... and human being! Our emphasis is on understanding the thinking process behind your work. We provide you with tangible skills and the necessary creative freedom to access your imagination and define your own artistic voice.

We work rigorously and joyously. We celebrate the seriousness of your art and the fun of childhood. This balanced approach will allow you to reach your full artistic potential, make meaningful friendships, find mentors who will guide you throughout your life, and create work that will change and grow as you do.

At PGT, we are more than just a theatre. We are a community of artists. We invite you to join us.

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It's Happening at The Play Group Theatre.

If you have any questions about which actor training program is right for you, you may reach Jill Abusch, Artistic Director, at (914) 946-4433 or by email at jill@playgroup.org.
 

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The Buzz About PGT's Programs

New to PGT? Awesome! We can't wait to get you in the mix and there's no easier place to make friends than PGT. You'll find your peeps here. Just take it from our students - and their parents - in the quotes below or see for yourself when you meet our Students in Action >>


"If I tried to sum up how my daughters’ lives have been enriched by PGT… well, I would have to say that it has been the single greatest life learning experience we have been able to give them." Full letter >>


"Simply put, PGT has taught me how to work hard in pursuing my passions, how to have the confidence and trust to put myself in a vulnerable position, and how to develop meaningful and lasting relationships. I am just so grateful." More student quotes >>

 

From a few more students

Thoughts they shared as they were graduating from PGT

You have taught me how to be a good friend and an even better person. You have taught me that theatre isn't just an art, it's a craft, in which every actor, director, designer, technician and production assistant is responsible for the success of the final product. You have taught me that no matter how many lines you recite or how many appearances you make, taking care of your fellow actors, your show, and your audience is really what counts. I feel so lucky to have experienced the magic you make possible every day. To have spent the rollercoaster of my youth in the creative play land you have built. ~ Brenne Rimberg

I will always bear in mind the lessons you have taught me - about being true to myself, about questioning and observing the world around me, about taking care of others, and about living in the moment. You have no idea what a profound impact PGT has had on my life. ~ Ross Baum

PGT has been worlds more than just learning how to act and sing. When I was younger, I was the shy, quiet girl. I really do believe that PGT was ultimately the reason that I was able to come out of my shell. For the first time, I felt like I was in a place where people were not judging me, and would appreciate me for my real self. All of this sounds corny, but it is the truth. ~ Sarah Stein

You taught me to take pride in my work and share it with others. ~ Kyle Moore

PGT is much more than actor training and Jill is much more than my director. PGT is life training and Jill has assumed the position of my life coach over the past decade. Her notes are not just "you missed a cross" or "don't mumble your lines." She tells us to listen, to react honestly, and to trust our instincts and impulses. While those notes maybe given in the context of the absurd musical theatre world of The Velveteen Rabbit or Chess, their universality and applicability to our life beyond the stage is always clear. ~ Naomi Riemer

What is truly unique to PGT is that you take us so seriously. That you have treated my seven-year-old and seventeen-year-old concerns as real problems is something that means so much to me - most people my age do not know what it's like to be taken seriously by adults whom they respect and who opinion they value so highly... You have instilled in me from such a young age drive to take every project seriously and treat every role, as well as every director, fellow actor, and technical member with respect. What you have taught me about life, friendship, responsibility, and the importance of living in the moment, has made me realize that it is possible to surround myself with people who support me wholeheartedly if I look hard enough. Thank you for helping me grow up. ~ Liza Pincus

Life learning experience...

When my daughter Madeline, age 11, expressed interest in taking acting lessons and performing in shows, I began my search for the right place to get her started. Having worked professionally in the theatre for 13 years, I had very specific standards I was looking for. I wanted a place where process was as highly valued as product, someplace where they would get to know themselves and others a little bit better. It had to be an environment that was nurturing, where they felt they could explore creatively without being judged, and, in so doing, gain confidence. It was a tall order, to be sure, but I looked around at what was available and was delighted when I found PGTheatre. If I could have designed a children’s theatre experience myself — this would be it! I now have two daughters involved at PGTheatre, Madeline and Susannah, and they both feel they have a very special home away from home there. And, if I tried to sum up how my daughters’ lives have been enriched by PGT… well, I would have to say that it has been the single greatest life learning experience we have been able to give them.

Sincerely,
Carol Scheffler

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