Youth Company Programs

The goal of the MCC Youth Company is to celebrate and honor the mosaic of identities of New York City’s young people and their experiences in a non-competitive, collaborative, and socially conscious environment.


CO-DIRECTORS JAVON Q. MINTER and KEVIN CARILLO facilitate weekly workshops over seven months that center the voices of high-school-aged artists. Through the exploration of writing, devising, movement, and design exercises, the ensemble collaborates to develop original content that elevates the ideas and experiences that reflect the world they live in and wish to create. Performance Lab culminates in the annual production of UNCENSORED at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space. 


In Playwriting Lab each company member develops an original script in weekly workshops with the support of their peers and mentored by professional playwright JUAN RAMIREZ JR. and ALEXANDER LAMBIE. Young writers learn about monologue, dialogue, setting, conflict, and character, honing the skills to expand their writing style and voice through different theatrical structures. Members present public readings of their work with professional actors to see them come to vibrant life in the FRESHPLAY FESTIVAL.


The BKYC is our satellite youth company located in East Flatbush based on our Performance Lab model. This ensemble of students from High School for Public Service meets weekly with interim director KAREEM M LUCAS and consultant VICKIE TANNER to explore their artistic voices and the tools they need to theatricalize their words. Like the other branches of the YC, the BKYC performs its own UNCENSORED production and participates in master classes and theater visits.


The Ambassador program introduces a small group of YC members together to the full range of skills, techniques, and ideas essential to professional theater. Ambassadors meet regularly with theater industry professionals as advocates for MCC Theater and arts education. For more information, email



Join us, APR 26 thru MAY 11, for the culmination of our Youth Company Season! From October to May the MCC Youth Company Performance and Playwriting Labs have been hard at work creating original content, activating their artistic visions, and developing the stories that matter to them.






KEVIN CARILLO is a theater director/choreographer based in NYC. This past winter, for his graduate thesis at Columbia University, he conceived FIGARO/FAGGOTS, a new opera-theater hybrid work with music by W.A Mozart and text by Larry Kramer. In June of 2023, the company of FIGARO/FAGGOTS performed for Larry Kramer’s Memorial at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo. Kevin is Co-Director of the MCC Theater Youth Company Performance Lab, where he directs an annual devised production with NYC teens. Upcoming: Kevin is commissioned by the NYC AIDS Memorial to choreograph a new site-specific work for World AIDS Day this December 2023. In March 2024, he will Co-Direct a concert of Laura Nyro music starring Judy Kuhn at the 92nd Street Y. Kevin is the Associate Set Designer for GARDENS OF ANUNCIA at Lincoln Center Theater. Administratively, he designs and manages Emergent Artist Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Awards/Fellowships: William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center; the 2019 Director Assistantship at Williamstown Theater Festival, where he worked with Trip Cullman; Directing Fellow Pool at Manhattan Theater Club; two lead artist residencies at the Mercury Store for choreography. He apprenticed with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on GEVETCHEN EN METAMORFOSEN VAN BEEN VROUW by Edouard Louis. Education: BFA in Drama from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Kenan Excellence Award) — and studied Ballet with Susan Jaffe in the School of Dance; MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University under the guidance of Anne Bogart, Brian Kulick, and Katie Mitchell.



JAVON Q. MINTER (they/them) is a Black non-binary transfeminine theatre artist and educator, born and raised in pre-gentrified Bed-Stuy. As a director, they’ve devised works with New York Theatre Workshop’s Youth Artistic Instigators & NYU Grad Acting, developed a new musical with the 5th Avenue Theater, and is consistently working to uplift new works by Queer playwrights of color. Javon is the SDCF Directing Observer for Classic Stage Company’s I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE directed by Trip Cullman, and will be co-directing MCC Theater’s youth company for their annual UNCENSORED performance, premiering in Spring 2024. As an educator, Javon has taught theatre across New York State and regionally, ranging from preschoolers to conservatory to members of the United States Air Force. They are a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, teaching artist with New York Theatre Workshop, LEAP & as a coach for Trans Voices, a storytelling workshop in partnership with Life Jacket Theatre Company and Sam & Devorah Foundation for Transgender Youth. In 2022, they founded No Gate Theatre Collective, a community of artistic collaborators who desire to create work & opportunities free from gatekeeping & marginalization as practiced in commercial theater. Select acting credits: WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN (BAM & Playwrights Horizons), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), BOYS DON’T LOOK AT BOYS (New York Stage & Film), and WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALL THAT BEAUTY (Playwrights Realm).




JUAN RAMIREZ, JR. is Nuyorican and Chapín Boogie Down born-and-raised internationally produced, award-winning playwright, monologist, screenwriter, filmmaker and poet. His solo show BROADWAY OF THE BRONX: A JUAN MAN SHOW received the inaugural 2021 Bronx Cultural Visions Fund Production Grant. His works were selected and produced with Austin Film Festival Playwriting, Miranda Family Voces Latinx Finalist with Repertorio Español, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, IATI, LaTea, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Abrons Art Center’s 1915 Playhouse Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Cherry Lane, Theatre Row, Dixon Place, Ingenio Milagro, and others. As a teaching artist, he has taught with juvenile detention facilities, gifted student programs, educational venues and workshops with Art Defined Productions. He’s a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, an ATG PlayLab member, NYC Latinx Playwright Circle member and a teaching artist with Art Defined. He received his BA from Lehman College and MFA from NYU Tisch. @AJuanManShow


Assistant Director

ALEXANDER LAMBIE is an artist from Intervale Avenue in the Bronx who focuses on drawing attention to marginalized people and new play development. He is a member of Middle Voice Theater Company, an alumnus of Atlantic Acting School and the MCC Youth Company. He is also known as Gina Cakestand, a drag persona living in the kitchen at the intersection of anime and the black experience. Works include: GET COOKING WITH GINA (BAAD), GINA’S HOLIDAY LASAGNA (BAAD), THE ENCLAVE (dir. Victor Cervantes) (Rattlestick), ORPHEUS AND THE BERKSHIRES (dir. Laura Savia), ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN (dir. Padric Lilis) (Stable Cable), and THE PARLOUR (dir. Daniella Heart).

The MCC Theater Youth Company is supported by the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for MCC Education Programs is provided by Axe-Houghton Foundation, Harold J. Newman† & Ruth Newman, The Eric Rosedale Playwriting Fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

BKYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with additional support from the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation. Additional support for MCC Education Programs is provided by the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Harold J. Newman† & Ruth Newman, the Eric Rosedale Playwriting Fund, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.