- New Conservatory Theatre Center
The New Conservatory Theatre Center is a not-for-profit theatre company located in San Francisco, California. NCTC showcases an eight-show Pride Season, an In-Concert/Cabaret Series, Family Theatre performances, YouthAware Touring Educational Theatre, and an Emerging Artists program. NCTC also houses a comprehensive Conservatory for youth and adults. It is located in San Francisco at 25 Van Ness Avenue, near intersection with Market Street.
Founded in 1981 as a small theatre arts conservatory for low-income youth by Ed Decker (a former director of the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory), NCTC has been in operation for 27 years. In 1986, as a response to the AIDS epidemic sweeping the nation and heavily concentrated in San Francisco, Decker created the landmark YouthAware Touring Educational Theatre program which has since expanded to address an array of health and wellness concerns, been translated into five languages, and achieved national and international recognition. To date, more than 4.5 million youth in the U.S., Germany, Australia, South Africa, Holland, and the U.K. have seen YouthAware Theatre-in-Education programs in their schools and communities. In 2004, Decker received the STOP AIDS Award for his work.
In 1995, Decker premiered the first Pride Season, a series of LGBT-themed performances that has since caught the eye of many renowned gay and gay-allied playwrights and directors. Decker has developed and/or premiered plays for NCTC’s main stage with artists such as Norman Allen, Terrence McNally, Edmund White, Joe Mantello, Mark Cannistraro, Mart Crowley, Jack Heifner, Hal Corley, Felice Picano, Brad Fraser, David Marshall Grant, Jeff Baron, Kevin Elyot, Jonathan Harvey, and Lee Blessing.
Summary of Programs
NCTC's current activities fall under four major categories: Theatre Performances, the New Play Commissions program, the Conservatory program, and the YouthAware Educational Theatre Program.
- Theatre Performances
NCTC's theatre performance program is anchored around their "Pride Season," an eleven-month season featuring eight plays, three special events, and four in-concert series performances. Plays are selected based on their examination of LGBT issues as they relate to our current world. NCTC also houses a Family Matinee program, featuring daytime performances designed for children 4-10 and their families.
- New Play Commissions and Emerging Artists Program
NCTC commissions, develops, and premiers one new play with LGBT themes every 24 months to be performed during the Pride Season and one new play for young audiences ever 36 months to tour as part of the YouthAware Educational Theatre Program. Since the inception of the New Plays Commissions Program in 2002, NCTC has commissioned three new plays, including Crucifixion by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.
- Conservatory Program
- The New Conservatory Theatre Center provides year-round theatre training classes to young people across San Francisco County.
- In-House Conservatory for Youth
- NCTC offers classes for students of all ages in acting, singing, musical theatre, and playwrighting at their downtown San Francisco location, serving about 200 youth annually.
- Satellite Drama Program
- NCTC sends fifteen highly qualified drama instructors into San Francisco County Public Schools, offering a wide range of after-school theatre arts classes in locations convenient to participants and their families. All conservatory programs at NCTC meet the California Standards for Arts Education.
- Vocational Training Program
- paid internships and positions are offered to interested students ages 13-19. Students are employed as teaching assistants, assistant stage managers, assistant directors, and technical theatre assistants. This program serves 7-12 students annually.
- Adult Classes
- NCTC recently expanded its Conservatory to include classes for adults in scene study, improvisation, singing, and playwriting.
- YouthAware Educational Theatre
- YouthAware is an eight-show repertoire of plays, educational materials, workshops, and structured discussions facilitated both in house and toured throughout Northern California school districts, community centers, shelters and juvenile justice facilities. YouthAware programs reach over 20,000 youth per year, using performing arts as a vehicle for examining such issues as HIV Awareness and Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Homophobia, Violence, Hate Crimes, Body Image, and Diversity. 
- ^ The New Conservatory Theatre Center Website. http://www.nctcsf.org
- ^ http://www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/collaboration/NCG/nctcbio.php
- ^ http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117928576.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
- ^ http://ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=theatre&article=240
- ^ NCTC Production History. http://www.nctcsf.org/production_history.html
- ^ NCTC Board of Directors Fact Sheet, 2008
- ^ NCTC Board of Directors Fact Sheet, 2008
- ^ NCTC's YouthAware Homepage http://www.nctcsf.org/YouthAware.html
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