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The Play Group Theatre for Children and Young Adults is Westchester's not-for-profit theatre company dedicated entirely to providing actor training and diverse performance opportunities for children and teenagers.

Founded by Steven and Jill Abusch as an artistic haven for children and teens, PGT has produced years of versatile productions, from Shakespeare, to big name musicals, from straight drama to original plays to improvisational comedy. PGT shows continually challenge the audience’s preconceptions of children’s theatre…the work of the young actors, the quality of the productions and the chosen material are all worthy of the professional stage.

At the core of PGT is teaching kids to follow their own creative impulses. Students learn through Studio Classes (which include acting, dance, musical theatre, improv, masks, storytelling and more), the Actor Training Program (which includes classes and participation in a performance project), the Outreach Program (which brings playwriting, improv, theater games, on-camera technique, and more into the classroom in several area schools) and PGT Summer Theatre (a full-day, three or six week summer theatre intensive).

Since PGT's first class offered in 1994, we have grown to include a variety of teachers and disciplines for every age, within each season. And since PGT's first production in 1995, we have grown to include a variety of directors with up to four shows in one season.

Past productions include:

Little Shop of Horrors
The American stage premiere of Lord of the Flies
The Childrens Hour
The Phantom Tollbooth
Once On This Island
and Into The Woods, among others.
For a full list of PGT shows see our PGT Seasons of Love page.

PGT has also produced three original musicals, written by members of the PGT artistic staff.

PGT Summer Theatre is a six week summer theatre intensive, which includes classes, rehearsals, performances, and lots of creative, zany activities! Summer theatre is the perfect option for young actors who are ready to immerse themselves completely in the performing arts.

Actor training classes cover a variety of disciplines including Acting Technique, Musical Theatre, Rehearsal Technique, Masks, Movement/Dance and Theatre Skills.

PGT is in the midst of its ninth season of the Outreach Program, which brings after-school theatre classes into the schools of Westchester. If your child's school does not currently offer theatre classes, have someone contact the PGT office to find out more about this program.

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