Founded in 1968 by acclaimed actor Rosetta LeNoire, Amas ("you love" in Latin) remains true to her vision of a color- and culture-blind theater company. Amas is dedicated to producing new musical theater works from a variety of cultural viewpoints. The company also offers professional training to artists and builds new audiences through its educational outreach programs.
Though the theater group is an anchor theater tenant of the Players Theatre, Amas productions take place at venues throughout Manhattan.
The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy offers youth ages 14-20 to experience an exciting adventure in theater. Selected through auditions in the fall, students receive 25 weeks of instruction and a performing role in a two-week production. Full and partial scholarships are available for students eligible for tuition assistance.
Broadway theater professionals teach classes in singing, acting, dance and the business of theater. Guest artists teach special workshops in clowning, stage fighting, hip-hop, Latin dance, improv, writing and much more. The Academy meets on Saturdays 9:45 am-4:30 pm.
During the fall term students will prepare for a theatrical presentation held in January for parents and friends. In the spring, the Academy students perform a fully-produced Off-Off-Broadway musical.
The Immigration Experience Theatre Academy is a
16-week in-school residency focusing on playwriting, research of primary
source materials and oral histories. Lens on Live Theatre is a short-term
residency in which students attend one of the company's mainstage
productions in conjunction with theater workshops conducted by company
Programs for Teachers: All outreach programs include
curriculum resource guides, CDs and professional development for all