Monthly Archives: January 2008

Write Now

Dance Theatre Etcetera is excited to announce the beginning of a new writing program for teenagers. The first meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 9th from 12-2 PM. Attendees will work with DTE Media and Marketing Manager and Teaching Artist Julia Rosenfeld to develop new pieces of writing or to continue previous work. The workshop will focus on all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, first drafts, feedback, revisions and presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring ANY current writing projects – stories, poems, plays, college essays, homework, etc.

We will talk. We will write. We will eat cookies. Come!

Teen Writing Program!

Like to write? Come to the first meeting of DTE’s new teen writing program!

Pictures of DTE Youth Performances!

Take a look at the beautiful pictures of DTE’s Performing Arts Program at BIHS (aka Drama Club) and SBCHS and Bailey’s Cafe taken by Ally!


Student Thoughts – TheaterWorks

This fall, I was in a program called TheaterWorks with several other students at South Brooklyn Community High School. The purpose of the program was to teach students ways to improve their acting and other theater skills.

When I first started theater works, I was nervous because I’ve always had a bit of stage fright. As the program went on, I became more comfortable performing in front of people. We were all so afraid at our first show. We thought that we were going to mess up. We did, but the audience didn’t notice, so we just kept going.

We did a lot of acting exercises in rehearsal. We also talked a lot about the war in Iraq. Our discussions made my opinion even stronger. The war has become just a waste of time. I don’t understand why the U.S. is there.

Being in TheaterWorks has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am an aspiring actor, and this program has helped me to pursue that dream. It has also opened doors to many other opportunities. For example, one day, Martha came to TheaterWorks to watch our rehearsal. To make a long story short, I now work as an intern for DTE.

-Daesean Lassiter, senior at SBCHS and DTE intern

Bulletin Boards

It may not seem so exciting to you.

To us, this bulletin board marks the beginning of a new era for DTE. A time for organization, presentation, documentation. And of course, thumbtacks.

As you can see, all we have now is one postcard (from Elin!). That’s okay because we only have one thumbtack.

Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival – June 7th

Mark the date on your calendars! Dance Theatre Etcetera’s 15th annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival at the Louis J. Valentino Park and Pier is set for June 7th!

Have a group that wants to perform? Want to get involved before June? Feel the urge to volunteer? Email

Dressing Up The Dog

An extra set of ears is always useful…

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Welcome Katya!

DTE happily welcomes a new staff member! Katya Schapiro will now be serving as DTE’s General Manager.

Katya Schapiro is an actor, director, writer, teacher, dramaturg, and manager/producer. Katya comes to DTE from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she has been serving as Interim Operations Manager. She has also worked at The Flea Theater.

Katya is a producing company member of Polybe + Seats theater company. Katya conceived and co-produces Polybe’s SpeakEasy series, at which she has performed and directed, and Play Group first reading evenings.

Katya’s first full length play, Better Angels, had a short run at the Bushwick Starr in October ‘07, and will be returning for a longer run in the Fall of ’08, directed by Shira Milikowsky. Katya is a graduate of Barnard College, and has trained with Vernice Miller of ALAT and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.