Create New York

The Lion King marquis (l), still from performance (c), food and drink provided after the show at a nearby restaurant (r). Photo Credits: Google Images

Now in its 2nd year, Theatre Development Fund (TDF) in partnership with Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education has launched the Create New York (CNY) program for local South Bronxites and Casita Community.  Create New York is a multi-year partnership program between TDF and community centers in all five boroughs to bring together teams of adults to strengthen their neighborhood, the city and themselves. Groups of between 10-15 individuals connected with the community centers will complete a 3-year cycle with increasing autonomy every year. Group participants will democratically select 4 performing arts events annually from the multitude of offerings throughout NYC whose themes, aesthetics, or artists directly relate back to their shared interests and vision for their community. Over post-show discussions, the groups share their personal experiences and the show’s relevance at a variety of neighborhood restaurants and community spaces. Each group works with an Artist Liaison. The first group at Casita Maria will work with Artist Liaison, Eric Aviles, and TDF REP, Allie Relihan.

As a culminating event for each of the 3 years, the CNY groups each create a community-based project inspired by their theatrical adventures and their discussions that directly benefit their community at large (such as community forums, creating documentaries on local issues, community conferences, open mic night etc.). The projects are an investment by the group in their neighborhood and will aspire to positively impact the community and engage diverse residents in the events.


  • Attend FREE performances and cultural outings regularly
  • Meet new people
  • Dinner provided at local restaurants while discussing performances & experiences
  • Financial assistance for childcare provided upon request
  • Share experiences with your community!

Upcoming Info Sessions 

Choose a date

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 6 to 7:45 PM

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 6 to 7:45 PM