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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY star Andy Karl to host fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival



Announces 2015 Tony Award Nominee &

Current Star of Roundabout’s On the Twentieth Century


To Host

fifth Annual Student THEATRE ARTS FESTIVAL

The Student Theatre Arts Festival features 10 student groups from Roundabout’s Partner Schools and After School Theatre Programs performing 8-minute excerpts from their school plays and musicals.

Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm

At the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) are pleased to announce the fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival, hosted by 2015 Tony Award nominee Andy Karl (On the Twentieth Century).

The Student Theatre Arts Festival is Monday, May 18 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). The evening begins with a student design exhibition at 6:00pm, followed by opening remarks from Andy Karl and performances at 6:30pm. Tickets are FREE.

Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominee Andy Karl currently stars as “Bruce Granit” in Roundabout’s critically acclaimed revival of On the Twentieth Century.

The 2015 Student Theatre Arts Festival features performances from Little Shop of Horrors (James Madison High School, Brooklyn), Cheerleading Play (PS/IS 111, Queens), The Crucible (Bronx Theatre High School), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, Brooklyn), Into the Hood (Esperanza Preparatory Academy, Manhattan), Farce of Nature (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School for International Careers, Manhattan), The Condemned (Roundabout Theatre Company’s Student Production Workshop), Senior Exit Project Selections (Repertory Company High School, Manhattan) and In the Heights (Port Richmond High School, Staten Island).

The fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival features the work of students from 12 partner schools, representing the five boroughs of New York City. The evening begins with a “Gallery Walk” through exhibits of students’ costume and set designs. Student performers will present selected scenes and musical numbers from original and existing plays and musicals. The festival provides student artists a chance to celebrate their artistic work from this school year and share their talents with their peers.

Education programs at Roundabout are made possible with the generous support of many foundations, corporations and individuals. Roundabout is grateful for their commitment to these initiatives. Education programs are also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Student Theatre Arts Festival are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at, and in person at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street). Tickets are FREE.

Education at Roundabout uses theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning in New York City classrooms. Using the professional theatre resources of Roundabout Theatre Company, Education at Roundabout is dedicated to: transform the classrooms of New York City public schools; engage students in theatre experiences that explore the universal themes of the human condition; build a community of confident, expressive young people; foster a new generation of artists and arts administrators; and expand the impact of Roundabout’s productions by providing historical, literary and social contexts in the classroom.

Education at Roundabout connects with students and teachers through customized school partnerships, residency programs, mentorships and workshops in the practice of professional theatrical skills, professional development workshops, internships, apprenticeships, backstage tours, talkbacks and pre-show workshops. For each Roundabout production, Education also creates Upstage guides, which include interviews, contextual information, teacher resources and activities, and presents a schedule of Theatre Plus events, including pre-show talks every Tuesday and post-show Lecture Series and Celebrity Series events featuring a distinguished artist, scholar, historian or critic.

ANDY KARL is nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for his portrayal of “Bruce Granit” in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of On the Twentieth Century. He was also nominated for all four awards last season for his critically acclaimed performance as “Rocky Balboa” in the Broadway musical Rocky. Karl previously starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination), 9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever, Altar Boyz (OCC Award), Slut, Saturday Night, Romeo and Bernadette (Carbonell nomination). Film credits include: And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner, Joyful Noise, “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods,” and New York, I Love You.

On the Twentieth Century opened officially on March 15, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). The strictly limited engagement has been extended through July 19, 2015.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED-certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Coleman, Comden & Green’s On the Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis; Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman.

Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly star in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin stars in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley in her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; and Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor, directed by Scott Ellis. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.

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