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The Waterwell Drama Program is NYC’s premiere training ground for young artists, innovators and leaders.

Founded in 2002 by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, Waterwell has been nominated for three IT Awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and a Village Voice Best of NYC. Since 2003, Waterwell has offered structured classes in collaborative playmaking, or “devising”, the process by which the ensemble develops its material. This training addresses the student-artist holistically and demands you develop both as an interpreter and as a creator. Voice and movement work connects with scene study and theatre history; interpretation is exercised alongside original creation; and

everything is designed to be in dialog with what’s going on outside the classroom – in your home, community and the world at large.

Waterwell has provided the Theater Arts and Drama programs at the Professional Performing Arts School since 2010.  In partnership they deliver top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 6-12th graders, absolutely free of charge. In addition to two-hours of class daily in Acting, Movement, Voice & Speech and Theater History/Literature, each grade also completes a rehearsal/performance project helmed by outside professional artists. This sequence culminates in the senior year with a new play commissioned for the class (New Works Lab) and an original Devising project that tours to area public schools and teen centers.

Our mission is to create an environment that fosters Excellence, Engagement and Empathy and prepares students to become world-class leaders and collaborators in whatever field they choose to pursue.