Epic Next



In 2012, with the support of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, we began our most ambitious youth development program: Epic NEXT; Developing Young Thinkers, Actors & Leaders. Through specifically-personalized pairings between artist-mentors and developing young artists, Epic NEXT utilizes a comprehensive, individualized approach to artistic and youth development. The Epic NEXT program pairs Epic’s professional artists with selected students from Epic’s partner schools beginning in a summer lab and extending throughout the school year. Each Epic ensemble artist mentors 2 to 3 students a year in the theatre-making process as well as in leadership development, civic engagement and college readiness. As the culmination of their work in the summer intensive, the students integrate the ideas and concepts explored in the program to create a full-length theatre piece.


Tier 2 Artist/Activists

in Action


New York State has one of the most inequitable public education systems in America.  Seventeen Tier 2 students have been working with the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College to create passionate theatre that awakens audiences to the problems at hand and catalyzes action toward a new vision of equity in our public schools.  Why do we stand down when we should stand up in the battle against educational violence?  And how do we conceive and construct a new value system where someone’s zip code doesn’t damage their educational opportunities?

10467 premiered on August 31st at National Black Theatre. Now, our Tier 2 students continue to shine a light on issue of educational inequity by performing parts of 10467 at events and conferences throughout the state. You can take action and support their work by attending.

Past Performances of


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New York State School Boards Association – 96th Annual Convention & Education Expo

Sheraton Times Square – Gramercy Room (Lower Level)

811 7th Avenue (at 52nd Street), New York, NY



Thursday, November 4, 2015 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

New York State Supreme Court (sidewalk outside courthouse)

71 Thomas Street (between West Broadway and Church), New York, NY

(This performance will take place shortly before the 2:30 p.m. judicial hearing on the plaintiff’s

motion for summary judgment in the New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights v. State of

New York litigation, the latest legal battle in New Yorkers’ fight for educational equity.)



Friday, November 6, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

3rd Annual Stage the Change Conference

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (LIU Post)

720 Northern Boulevard, Greenvale, NY


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