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Pushcart Players

Equity Producing Theatre in Verona, NJ

Member overview

Pushcart Players is the award-winning professional theater and arts-in-education company for young audiences. Since its founding in 1974, Pushcart has traveled over 2 million miles nationally and abroad, from the little red school house to White House. Nominated twice for an Emmy©, the organization is the recipient of numerous state and private accolades for excellence and innovation. Pushcart Players’ productions address social studies, literature, history, the autism spectrum, special educational needs, social emotional learning, and values clarification. All performances by professional artists (Actors’ Equity Association) are supported by study guides and other supplemental materials, and adapt to any location with innovative scenery, lighting, and sound systems. We’re back and better than ever with our 2022-2023 Season! This season is chock-full of productions and programs, offering some classic favorites, as well as some new shows.

*Pushcart is continuing to offer virtual programming, as well as in-person performances.*

Venue details

  • SOPAC

    South Orange Performing Arts Center
    1 SOPAC Way
    South Orange, NJ 07079

  • Jersey Shore Arts Center

    Jersey Shore Arts Center
    66 South Main Street
    Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

  • Algonquin Arts Theatre

    Algonquin Arts Theatre
    60 Abe Vorhees Drive
    Manasquan, NJ 08736

  • Gordon Theatre/Rutgers-Camden

    Gordon Theatre
    314 Linden Street
    Camden, NJ 08102

Ticket Offers

When booking multiple performances of the same production for the same day, in the same location, a discount is provided.

Education Offerings

Rooted in the belief that the arts are an inseparable part of the human journey and an essential component of the educational process, Pushcart Players develops intriguing, enriching and enlightening arts experiences. From an individual workshop to a long term residency, Pushcart makes arts education come alive with uniquely designed programs to meet your needs.

KIDS DO BROADWAY

On-school-time or after: Kids learn all about theater by doing it! Over a period of 12 to 16 weeks, students rehearse, design, and costume familiar Broadway favorites under the direction of Pushcart Players’ teaching artists. Teachers, parents, and camp counselors collaborate on a dazzling culminating performance!

PUSHCART JR.

Pushcart’s canon of original musicals (see our repertoire) are adapted for schools and community organizations to be performed by youth ensembles of any cast size. Materials are licensed for self-production or can be directed by Pushcart education faculty.

CREATIVE DRAMA WORKSHOPS

On-school-time or after: Students develop self-awareness, confidence, and collaboration in dramatic play and self-expression through Theater Exercises, Games, Storytelling, and Improvisation Technique. These activities create an exceptional pathway to learning and are designed to relate to any curriculum, theme or topic.

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DRAMA RESIDENCY

On-school-time: Over a multi week period, students experience a more in-depth Creative Drama program that fosters an understanding of theater and creates a proficiency in expression.  Comprised of Theater Games, Storytelling, Improvisation Technique and Creative Writing, this “process” rather than “product” oriented program provides an excellent foundation for sequential learning in the arts.

TITLE 1 SCHOOL ARTS INTEGRATION PROGRAMS

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides federal funds to schools serving economically disadvantaged students and has four goals: improving student achievement, increasing student engagement, increasing parent engagement, and improving school climate and culture. Pushcart customizes programming that will serve as a model in using the arts to improve your school.

ADA & EXCEPTIONAL AUDIENCES

Pushcart Players offers a variety of on-school-time programs for special needs populations to make theater education and participation accessible to everyone.  Teaching artists work closely with educators and caregivers to tailor a project that meets the talents and interests of students in an inclusive environment. With sensitivity and skill, Pushcart opens the door for students to experience the benefits and joy of active engagement in theater.

 

Upcoming performances