Rising City Arts launched in 2010 with a big heart, lots of experience and serious passion in the belief that now, more than ever, is the time to put down the text messaging, turn off the television, cut back on the YouTube and video games in order to get together with our peers for some crazy fun and inspiring arts collaboration.  

Theatre Arts is a natural healer. It not only reminds us to enjoy creative play, it teaches us to peacefully collaborate and connect with others.  

Since launching, Rising City has proudly reached nearly 600 children each year with the joys of theatre making and acting. We are grateful to our many partner schools and community organizations who support theatre arts in education with us, most of which are in our awesome Western Queens community.

Special thanks to all of the talented Teaching Artists, Drama Therapists and Acting Teachers who brilliantly share our mission in the Rising City Arts classrooms each year. Your dedication makes us shine!

Last Spring, 2014, we launched our first community Acting Classes here in Astoria, Queens. Although we were thrilled with the outcome of the classes, we found that our focus was taken away from In-School Residencies. Rising City Arts is dedicated to providing the finest quality programming, each and every time we engage with our students.

So, our community Acting Classes will not resume until Fall 2015. If you are seeking Acting Classes for your children, our Executive Director, Dina, is available for private coaching or workshops for groups. You can find her at (718) 986 – 0967 or read more at DinaAnnComolli.com. And please feel free to call and ask any questions, any time. 

Rising City Arts offers a unique place to explore and enjoy the art of theatre.  We serve children and adults of all ages with high quality, innovative theatre and acting-based classes, workshops and in-school residencies taught by some of New York’s finest Acting Teachers.

Our approach to the craft builds smart actors with a greater awareness of self, community, confidence and artistic potential. We continually seek to grow in connection to what drives our creative spirit.



Rising City Arts

Dina Comolli, Executive Director



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