Prospect High: Brooklyn
by McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Apr. 03, 2016


Announce Austin High School to Present the Regional World Premiere of


Written by DANIEL ROBERT SULLIVAN & A Team Of New York City Teenagers


April 3rd, 2016 At McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Developed in partnership with Education at Roundabout and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships.

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) are pleased to announce that McCullum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX will present the regional premiere of PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN. Written by Daniel Robert Sullivan and a team of New York City teenagers, Prospect High: Brooklyn was developed in partnership with Education at Roundabout and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. The play will have its world premiere in 23 high school productions across the country, September 2015 – May 2016.


The Austin production will be directed by students Ellie Zambarano and Jackson Holtkamp, under the leadership of department head, Joshua Denning.


Says Denning, “The mission of McCallum Fine Arts Academy as a whole is to foster a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community, and also to prepare gifted and talented students for post-secondary colleges and career in the arts. There are five pillars to the Academy: to (1) focus on the individual development of each student, (2) provide high-quality instruction, (3) integrate collaborative, intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into programs and instruction, (4) encourage an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction, and (5) graduate students who produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form.”


Conceived by Daniel Robert Sullivan (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Author of Places Please!) and co-written by a team of New York City teenagers, the play focuses on four intelligent, highly charged students and one seriously apathetic teacher. Prospect High: Brooklyn was created with the intent of offering a new collection of serious, true-to-life material for teenage actors. The play addresses themes of apathy, revenge, deep friendship, trans acceptance, casual racism, self-harm, and the power of both good and bad advice from teachers, all against the backdrop of an enormous Brooklyn high school. Prospect High: Brooklyn can be performed by 5 – 18 actors.


“The National New Play Network introduced the concept of a rolling world premiere in 1998, and I’ve always thought it would be great to offer that kind of arrangement to high schools. There is so much energy and power in teenage theatre-makers, but that positive force is often felt only locally. By introducing this fierce new play to the nation’s high schools in a coordinated way, Roundabout is not only promoting the play with positive publicity, but the schools themselves. After much research, we chose 23 of the boldest high school theatre departments from across the country and can use this first-ever high school rolling world premier to recognize them and expose their power at a national level,” notes creator Daniel Robert Sullivan.


Prospect High: Brooklyn was recently awarded semi-finalist status for the 2015 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center and has been published by Smith & Kraus.


Sullivan adds, “I wanted to create an issue-driven, age-appropriate, ethnically-diverse, flexible-cast play that represents the extremes inherent in an urban high school environment. Through nine months of collaboration, these teenagers have introduced me to the issues and debates most important to them. We’ve structured these conversations into the play.”


The following productions are currently scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year:

Indianapolis: Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities (September 2015)  

Memphis: Ridgeway High School (November 2015)

Syracuse: Corcoran High School (November 2015)

Philadelphia: Academy at Palumbo (December 2015)

Providence: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (December 2015)

Boston: Boston Arts Academy (December 2015)

Bridgeport: Central High School (December 2015)

Harrisburg: Capital Area School for the Arts (December 2015)

Milwaukee: Milwaukee High School of the Arts (December 2015)

Ann Arbor: Pioneer High School (January 2016)

Louisville: Youth Performing Arts High School (January 2016)

Oklahoma City: Harding Fine Arts Academy (January 2016)

San Jose: Lincoln High School (January 2016)

Minneapolis: Southwest High School (February 2016)

Chicago: Niles West High School (February 2016)

Tallahassee: Leon High School (February 2016)

Dallas: Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (February 2016)

Philadelphia: Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts (February 2016)

Long Island: Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (April 2016)

Austin: McCallum Fine Arts Academy (April 2016)

Baltimore: Baltimore School for the Arts (May 2016)

San Diego: San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (May 2016)


In New York City, the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts will perform the play in Roundabout’s own Black Box Theatre in September 2016.


Co-writers of the play include Daniel Robert Sullivan, Paul Stoll, Aaliyah Stewart, Isaiah Latimer, Chanique Peart, Deshaye Tingling, Amanda Rodriguez, Jaylin Acosta, Brandy Brown, Azaria Guthrie, Rebecca Powell, Rachel Friedman, and Shannon Deep.


Prospect High: Brooklyn received a workshop presentation at Roundabout Theatre Company in April 2014 under the direction of Shelley Butler and was originally developed with dramaturg Shannon Deep. It is currently being further developed at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, in association with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, under the direction of Christopher V. Edwards. Visit for reviews, images, or to request a perusal copy.


To learn more about the development of Prospect High: Brooklyn, please visit TCG Circle at the link here.


Daniel Robert Sullivan and Roundabout Theatre Company are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. 


Education programs at Roundabout are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Education at Roundabout uses theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning in New York City classrooms. Using the professional theatre resources of Roundabout Theatre Company, Education at Roundabout is dedicated to: transform the classrooms of New York City public schools; engage students in theatre experiences that explore the universal themes of the human condition; build a community of confident, expressive young people; foster a new generation of artists and arts administrators; and expand the impact of Roundabout’s productions by providing historical, literary and social contexts in the classroom.


Education at Roundabout connects with students and teachers through customized school partnerships, residency programs, mentorships and workshops in the practice of professional theatrical skills, professional development workshops, internships, apprenticeships, backstage tours, talkbacks and pre-show workshops. For each Roundabout production, Education also creates Upstage guides, which include interviews, contextual information, teacher resources and activities, and presents a post-show Lecture Series hosted by Education dramaturg Ted Sod and featuring a distinguished artist, scholar, historian or critic. 


Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.


Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED-certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.


American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Jeremy Shamos in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Judith Light in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski in She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, directed by Scott Ellis; Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.



Prospect High: Brooklyn
by Daniel Robert Sullivan and Brooklyn teenagers
McCallum Fine Arts Academy

April 03, 2016
McCallum Fine Arts Academy
5600 Sunshine Drive
Austin, TX, 78756

McCallum Fine Arts Academy will present the play on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM at 5600 Sunshine Dr., Austin, TX 78756. Call (512) 414-8061 for more information.