Jelani Alladin (Frozen, Hercules at the Public Theatre) will host this year’s sixth annual event, which has previously been performed live on a Broadway stage, on Monday June 15 at 7 pm ET streaming on

Guest presenters will include Broadway stars Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), James Harkness (Ain’t Too Proud), Carly Hughes (Beautiful, “American Housewife”), George Salazar (Be More Chill), and Sherie Rene Scott (Whorl Inside A Loop).

The Festival’s inspired virtual production excerpts reflect the professionalism, the focus and the passions of our NYC public school students from diverse backgrounds and identities who came together with one common goal — to tell stories and build bridges.

This high profile and high-energy theatre education experience for students is presented by The Shubert Foundation and the NYC Department of Education Arts Office. Students found time and space to rehearse and record individual performance on their devices so audiences everywhere could enjoy their artistry and collaboration.

The Festival is a celebration featuring five outstanding high school student productions from the 2019-2020 school year, which were selected from over 30 productions across the city by a panel of professional theatre artists and theatre educators. Over the course of the festival’s six-year history, school productions from all 5 boroughs have performed at the event. This year, student presentations from the following schools will present excerpted scenes and musical numbers in order as follows:


Brooklyn High School of the Arts (Brooklyn) – FAME

Curtis High School (Staten Island) – LUCKY STIFF

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Queens) – HAIRSPRAY

Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (Manhattan) – AIDA

Talent Unlimited High School (Manhattan) – THE WOLVES