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Unity Stage Company, Inc. ( USC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2009 with a mission to positively impact the diverse population of New York City in the areas of physical and mental health through the medium of the performing arts.
Through our interaction we:
- Level the playing field for artists of all backgrounds to create work of the highest caliber that reflects our world.
- Expand the capability of people of all ages to improve themselves positively through the learning and refinement of performance skills to enhance fitness of mind and body.
- Build a bridge between our diverse communities.
In summary, we bring high quality performing arts programming to Western Queens to support local youth and audiences of all ages.
On our main stage, USC produces revivals of plays and musicals that address relevant social conditions and USC also develops new works through annual readings and workshops. USC embeds itself in the community by presenting programming in a variety of popular local facilities including Sunnyside’s Queen of Angels Church Auditorium, All Saints Church Sanctuary, Caf Marlene, Jackson Heights’ St. Marks Church Attic and The Chain Theater in Long Island City.
USC offers free annual community programming (Community Read-Aloud featuring Queens leaders in performance with professional, local and youth actors, Community Vaudeville Night). Need-based scholarships are afforded to qualifying youth participants in all of USC’s youth performance programs, including its full-day Unity Stage Summer Arts program for children in grades K-9, weekly after-school theater and musical theater program for elementary school students offered in three separate Western Queens locations (Jackson Heights, Long Island City and Sunnyside), a teen performance program for youth in grades six and older and Cantiamo Youth Chorus. These programs reinforce the bond between the performing arts and the community.
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