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TDF subsidizes productions by paying theatres higher ticket prices than the amount paid to us by our members. That difference (as much as $9 per ticket) is the margin of subsidy contributed by TDF to support these new productions of artistic merit.


Open Doors

To contact TDF Open Doors
Email or call (212) 912-9770 ext. 330

Founding mentors
Wendy Wasserstein, playwright
Roy Harris, stage manager
See current mentors


   TDF's Open Doors Recieves
   Tony Honor

The Show That Keeps On Giving

Broadway talent goes off script in the late-night musical sketch comedy smash “Don’t Quit Your Night Job,” with all proceeds going to Open Doors.  Read More

See how this and our other education programs align with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Theatre K-12

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

A mentoring program offering select groups of students an in-depth experience with arts professionals.
In 1998, Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein and Broadway production stage manager, Roy Harris joined with TDF to found Open Doors. The program's guiding premise is that theatregoing is the birthright of every New Yorker and that, as Wendy put it, “Theatre is a very personal experience that grows in meaning and depth when shared with others.” Open Doors is the first arts education program ever to be named for a special Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.
Open Doors matches dozens of distinguished theatre and dance professionals with small groups of high school students with no prior exposure to theatre. The program runs for the entire school year, so students build rapport with their mentors as they gain confidence as theatregoers.

Each mentor works with a group of eight students who:
  • Attend six live performances
  • Participate in a 90-minute mentor-led discussion after each performance
  • Keep journals focused on documenting, expanding and reflecting on their learning
  • Participate in an end-of-year celebration with mentors, other students and program alumni


         TDF Open Doors featured on WABC-TV Eyewitness News

Due to the highly selective nature of the Open Doors program, schools are not able to apply directly to Open Doors. Historically, teachers and schools picked for Open Doors have had an ongoing relationship with TDF through the other TDF Education Programs and are then invited into Open Doors if appropriate.

Number of participating students: 168
Number of participating schools: 21

View list of participating schools