Once upon a time...
Once upon a time, way back in the idealistic 1960's, a children's musical puppet theatre was born. It was the brainchild of an extraordinary woman, Sandra Robbins, who dreamed of using light, color and sound to profoundly touch the creative spirit within each child. Her dream was realized in the creation of The Shadow Box Theatre (SBT) –a three-fold program of Performances, Theatre Arts Workshops, and a publishing arm entitled See-More’s Workshop that produces Children’s Read-Aloud Books and Read-Along Audios, Show CD’s and DVDs and Teacher’s Guides.
By 1967 The Shadow Box Theatre was incorporated. At its very roots was the mission to open doorways of communication between New York’s inner-city multi-cultural children and families through the transformative power of theatre. From its inception the vision was to promote social and personal development; creativity and learning through the arts; to teach tolerance and respect for diversity; to develop environmental awareness and peaceful solutions; and through the creative lens of the arts, provide children with a positive view of themselves, their world and their future.
Today, SBTs full range of services and activities include: resident and city-wide performing seasons of productions from its original repertoire; creative arts workshops in New York City schools (NYC Dept. of Education Vendor) and cultural centers; and, through its publishing arm, See-More's Workshop, illustrated storybooks and CDs/DVDs containing the music and songs from our productions as well as publication of educational materials. Through all its programs, SBT reaches over 35,000 children, teachers and parents a year. With the hallmark of audience participation, over 2 million children, teachers and families have learned, laughed and had their horizons expanded by the magic of The Shadow Box Theatre.