Broadway Books First Class

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Tony Award Nominee & Guest Artist Alison Fraser




  • Foster an environment of sharing and respect across educational and cultural communities

  • Celebrate the rich cultural offerings of New York city

  • Promote literacy and the Arts for children in a title 1 School

  • Provide children with inspiring role models

  • Explore and cultivate topics surrounding diversity & acceptance, persistence & self-confidence, cooperation & teamwork, and the pursuit of dreams

  • Send a message to kids that they are seen and valued

  • Tend to the social and emotional development of young children through an arts-based education rooted in empathy, respect, and love

The dynamic visits are Conducted in both American Sign Language and English. The work of each performer is studied before the visit to prepare and energize the students. afterwards, students are invited to write and draw about the experience, including writing thank you cards.

program extensions include... 

  • a Theatre Lab for children in Grades 3-5 with Tony Award winner ali stroker. This 6-week program culminated in a performance for the entire school community.
  • A book buddy partnership with Broadway veteran and SiriusXM Radio host, Christine Pedi.
  • Partnership with Brooklyn Collaborative on ASL projects


Broadway Books First Class


This program is the brainchild of Dr. Gary Wellbrock, an early childhood educator at New York City's premier school for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-allied (including children of deaf adults "CODAs")


Merging Theater and Literacy


Dr. Wellbrock holds a Ph.D in Language, Literacy and Learning from Fordham University.  His dissertation focused on reading assessment and instruction for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

"Broadway Books First Class is not only making a difference in the lives of the kids, but in the lives of the performers." 

Kecia Lewis