The mission of Making Books Sing is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. Transcending all of our efforts is a collective belief in the transformative power of the arts to inspire learning, strengthen families, improve schools and communities, and enrich young people’s lives.
Our education programs utilize theater arts instruction rooted in experiential learning to advance literacy, language and social skills; teach academic subject matter; and address topics that are socially relevant to young people.
Our theatrical productions bring to the stage literary stories that are based on historical or contemporary matters and are socially meaningful to diverse family audiences.
We believe our work is valuable because arts participation has a tremendously positive impact on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children, and fosters a future appreciation for the arts.
In 1996, Making Books Sing began as the family theater and education program of the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre. It became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001.
Over the last 13 years, our local and nationally recognized arts-in-education programs and professional theater productions have served over 100,000 children and adults, across all five boroughs and surrounding communities in the tri-State area. By partnering with more than 400 urban schools, and providing subsidized tickets to over 20,000 students for our professional shows, we have increased arts accessibility for underserved communities in New York City. In addition, we have taught more than 2,000 teachers here and in California creative ways to integrate theater into their classroom instruction and distributed over 4,500 Curriculum Resource Packets and Anthologies to supplement course material.