For Students

CSC offers students a variety of paths to explore the theater industry. Our NextGen Teen Leadership Program gives students who are seriously considering a career in theater behind-the-scenes experience Off-Broadway. Teen Takeovers offer middle school and high school students discounted tickets to attend our mainstage productions. After-school students gain experience in the theater through Shakespeare workshops cohosted by Manhattan Youth.

NextGen: Teen Leadership in the Arts

For teens with a passion for theater, strong leadership skills, and a desire to learn all aspects of professional performing arts, CSC offers a unique opportunity to be a vital part of an acclaimed Off-Broadway company.

NextGen members are the leaders of the next generation of artists and audiences. Members participate in workshops, get to go behind-the-scenes, develop business skills, and gain insight through interaction with full-time staff and meetings with theater professionals.

The NextGen program is entirely free of charge for participants thanks to the generosity of CSC’s donors. CSC is grateful to Con Edison for their generous sponsorship of our educational programs.

For more NextGen information, sign up for our mailing list, or contact Marella Martin Koch at

How to Join NextGen

NextGen applications for our 2020-2021 season are open now through September 1. Apply to be a part of NextGen through our online application. Please read the application requirements. Only complete applications will be considered.

CSC NextGen encourages all eligible high school students with an interest in theater to apply. CSC values diversity and provides equal opportunities to all programming applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. For full consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Please contact our Education Coordinator, Marella Martin Koch at with any questions.

Teen Takeovers

NextGen members plan Teen Takeover performances for each CSC mainstage production. At these performances, NextGen members run the box office, usher, host the post-performance discussion, and oversee all aspects of the event.

Any middle and high school students may use code TEEN10 for $10 tickets* when booking tickets to Teen Takeover performances

*Tickets are subject to availability. Limit of 2 tickets per student (valid student ID required).

Manhattan Youth

Since 2019, CSC has partnered with Manhattan Youth to provide high-quality after-school Shakespeare programs to middle school students across Manhattan, regardless of income. Learn more about their programs at

Classic Study Guides

Check out our free Classic Study Guides, exploring topics such as the language of Shakespeare and the Elizabethian world, as well as backstage interviews with directors and designers from past productions.