Epic 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.
Over twenty professionals have been named to the Artist Advisory Council (AAC) representing actors, producers, directors, and industry leaders. The AAC will help Epic further its goal of empowering young people by connecting them to professional theatre-makers.
Council Members will work directly with the young people Epic serves in special workshops throughout the year at Epic’s new space within the Theatre Row complex on 42nd Street, mentoring students in theatrical skill development. They will also act in an Advisory role to steer Epic’s leadership toward new opportunities for these young people to engage in professional theatre, both as audiences and as emerging creators.