Community Engagement


New York City Center Community Engagement partnerships empower communities through the arts and provide access to great performances.

Inspired by City Center’s performance offerings, partnerships focus on dance and musical theater. Partnerships are developed collaboratively, ensuring programming is responsive and relevant to community’s interests. To enhance participant experience, we welcome community members to attend connected City Center productions at our beautiful theater in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Offerings are always low- or no-cost.
  • Program structures/lengths vary by partnership but range from two-workshop models to multi-week residencies.
  • Program facilitators are experienced educators and accomplished artists from City Center’s teaching artist roster.
  • City Center continues to offer a variety of programming structures including in-person, remote, and hybrid.

Interested in becoming a partner? Email to start a conversation. 

Community Nights

Free Friday Pre-show Gatherings

Building common bonds around the power of performance, these free pre-show events invite City Center audiences and New York City community members to meet and mingle with artists, guest speakers, and each other. Events range from panel discussions to interactive learning experiences, and take place in City Center spaces immediately preceding our mainstage performances.

AYODELE CASEL | Artists at the Center
Fri Apr 14 at 6:30pm
Grand Tier

This interactive evening features a conversation about the artistic process and the act of “belonging” in a space like City Center, facilitated by Torya Beard and Brinda Guha; a “warmup” performance by The Foreman Brothers; and some light refreshments.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Fri May 5 at 6pm
Shuman Lounge

Gather with the City Center community of artists and audiences—musical theater lovers all!—for a pre-show event that highlights the collaborative power of performance, featuring special guest speakers. Light refreshments will be served.