A big part of the work we do at Epic is connecting professionals to students in some of the most underserved communities in New York and in some of the poorest congressional districts in the country.
With our In-school programs in our full partner schools (Bronx HS for Writing and Communication Arts, Chelsea CTE HS and Urban Assembly School for Performing Arts), we reach every student in every grade, every year. Adding the students we reach in other schools through individualized programs, we reach 2,000 each year. From those 2,000, approximately 200 become involved in the company on a deeper level through our nationally recognized Shakespeare Remix program. From this, 30 are chosen to join Epic NEXT. Through specifically-personalized pairings between artist-mentors and developing young artists, Epic NEXT utilizes a comprehensive, individualized approach to artistic and youth development, creating artistic leaders, thinkers, and actors for the future.
The impact on students is unmistakable at every point of this continuum of Epic’s Education and Youth Development programs. Principals at our partner schools point to Epic’s In-school programs as a huge contributor to higher attendance and graduation rates. In just the past two years, Shakespeare Remix has produced the National Champion and the New York City runner up in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakesepeare Competition. And now, in just two years, there is a long list of college acceptances that are rolling in for our Epic NEXT seniors: Ithaca College, SUNY-Plattsburgh, SUNY-Potsdam, SUNY-Buffalo State, Muhlenberg College, McDaniel College, LeMoyne, to name a few. We are proud to say that all of them are winning major scholarships based on their work with Epic.