Riverdale Children’s Theatre is a 501(c)3 non profit educational theatre program that brings together children from
various religious and cultural backgrounds to learn
about themselves, each other and the joy of performing.
By participating in a full scale theatrical production,
children learn the basic elements of theatre, music and dance,
while pushing their own creative and physical boundaries.
We believe the performing arts stimulate children emotionally and intellectually, and in the process raises self esteem, emphasizes teamwork and fosters a strong sense of community. It also helps to enrich families, by providing an opportunity for parents to be a part of their children's growth in a fun and creative way!
The Riverdale Children’s Theatre was founded in 2010 by Derek and Becky Woods. Since then, it has evolved into a 501c-3 non-profit Theatre arts education program that has serves families in the Bronx and Yonkers.
RCT produces full scale musical theatre productions, offers music and dance programs, and distributes thousands of dollars in scholarship each year so that any child can have access to their high quality arts program.
Over 96% of their students are accepted into the competitive NYC Performing Arts High Schools, and many of their students are going on to professional careers and attending some of the nations’ top performing arts colleges and universities. Riverdale Children's Theatre has been cited in Backstage Magazine and by AmericanTowns Media as one of the leading children’s theatre companies in the United States
Our Commitment to Kindness
We want RCT actors, parents, and staff to follow these basic rules:
1.Be Kind to Ourselves
2.Be Kind to Each Other
3. Be Kind to Our Space
We seek to be positive, putdown put-downs, honor our differences, discover our similarities, heal any hurts, listen to each other, reach high for success, and strive for excellence.