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PS 133 Performing Arts

2017-18 has been an exciting year so far for students at PS 133. The parent-run performing arts committee has worked closely with teachers and staff to make some amazing things happen. We have worked to improve our stage with new lighting by securing a Neighborhood School Grant through the Walentas Family Foundation; and we have updated our microphones and sound systems by working with the school administration to allocate DOE funds.

We are thrilled to be in our 5th year of partnership with Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) and are proud to extend our working residencies to include Creative Stages, Marquis Studios and Urban Choir.  Within our school, dedicated teachers also drive the PS133 Vision Dance Troupe and the PS133 Step Team with support from the Performing Arts Committee.

See below for more information about our performing arts programming and residencies.

If you would like to help further the vision and reach of performing arts at PS133, please email

PS133 Drama Department

PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade:

At 133 we understand that fostering an understanding of theater and it’s role in learning is a big deal.  Ms. Laurie Davis, our amazing Drama Teacher, is dedicated to teaching our children the concepts of self-exploration and to expanding their understanding and view of the world around them through theatre.

4th and 5th Grade: PS133 Players’ Annual Musical Productions

Each school year our Drama Department and Performing Arts Committee partner to bring the 133 community and our local neighbors an exciting and kid-friendly musical performance.  Students experience the entire process of being part of such a production, from auditions and crew member interviews to getting headshots taken and building sets; from learning music and choreography to operating a spotlight and striking the set. Past shows include The Jungle Book Kids! and Seussical the Musical. 

Learn more about PS133’s Drama Teacher: Ms. Davis! &
Check out the Drama Class Happenings at 133!


PS133 Partnerships for 2017-2018

3rd Grade: Creative Stages
Timeline: Program begins in the spring semester with final project presentation in May.
Goals: To give students the opportunity to adapt a storybook or folktale into a theatrical production.
Description: Children learn how to warm-up their bodies, collaborate on a    project and ultimately perform on stage.
Culminating ShowMatilda by Roald Dahl, Friday, May 18th, 9am to 10am

4th Grade + 4/5’s Bridge Class: Theatre for a New Audience’s New Voices Project
Timeline:  Program usually begins in the late fall with a final project presentation in February.
Goals: To introduce students to playwriting, foster the process of writing their own play and to see professional actors and actresses perform their work on stage.
Description:  This program is in line with ELA standards and fosters an in-depth understanding of storytelling and teamwork as well as self-confidence self-expression.
Culminating Show:  February 15, 2018

5th Grade: Theatre for a New Audience’s World Theater Project

Timeline: Program usually begins in the spring semester, January/February (for 2017-2018, program began in the fall semester).
Goals: To introduce students to classical text, teach the process of adapting a Shakespeare or other classical play and to give them the opportunity to perform their created work on stage, and to bolster self-confidence and self-presentation skills.  Students also attend a professional production of a classical play at TFANA’s Polansky Theatre in Fort Greene.
Description: This program is in line with and supports ELA standards; student work with seasoned teaching artists and broaden their world view through theatre.
Culminating Show: Student adaptation of The Winter’s Tale on January 29th; field trip to see TFANA production of The Winter’s Tale on March 15th