At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair… and what it means to live in America.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

Vocals: All the harmonies | Dance: Basic Dance and Movement


Basic tuition to participate in an AWT Mainstage Musical is $550. Newbies get a $50 discount. Participants can pay tuition all at once or in three monthly installments. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! The first ten sign ups will receive a free AWT t-shirt or tank top! See below for details.

Is tuition an obstacle for you? Now there are TWO ways to receive tuition relief at AfterWork Theater! Click here to apply for financial assistance or click here to learn more about accruing points through AWT’s new and improved CrewNer program!

Discount types can not be combined. Tuition does NOT cover a print out of your script/score/sheet music or your costume. AWT has a small budget to cover some specific costume needs. For there, we work with participants to piece together costumes sourced from their closets, thrift stores and the good will of the community.  All tuition payments are final and non-refundable for any reason.


Below is the rehearsal and performance schedule for Ragtime. Rehearsals are generally held one night per week and one afternoon per weekend for eight weeks. As there are two casts, you will be assigned to rehearse on Tuesday OR Thursday evenings depending on which cast you are placed in. During the second week of rehearsals, you will receive a detailed schedule that specifies exactly what dates and times you will be needed.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list up to two rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals begin, participants may miss up to two additional undisclosed rehearsal. After that, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participant’s role must be reassigned.

NOTE: the schedule below is subject to change.



The Sirovich Auditorium
331 East 12th Street
(between First & Second Ave)
New York, NY 10003


The Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

Creative Team


Molly Shoemaker


Cody Wymore

Music Director

Meryl Salerno

Stage Manager

Lauren Colon

Associate Director/Stage Manager

Ellen Estallo

Associate Music Director


Participation in AWT's production of Ragtime is SOLD OUT. Click below to join the waitlist.

Newbie Sampler

New to AfterWork Theater? We know signing up for new experiences can be scary. That’s why we are offering newbies a 100% money back guarantee if they choose to withdraw from the show before the end of Launch Day Part II. After two full days with us, if you decide this experience isn’t for you then you’ve made zero commitments, financial or otherwise. This is the one and only exception to our refund policy (posted below). A “newbie” is defined as someone who has never participated in a paid AWT program.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify, newbies must request to withdraw via email to prior to the completion of Launch Day Part II. They may not postpone their refund request until the cast list is published. Once Launch Day Part II is over, they are no longer entitled to a refund for any reason. New participants who fail to attend Launch Day without notice for any reason are not eligible for a refund of any kind and will not be able to repurpose tuition towards a future program.

Refund Policy

With the single exception of the “Newbie Sampler” policy, all AfterWork Theater tuition is completely non-refundable.  Participants who withdraw from a program prior to Launch Day may apply to re-purpose their tuition toward a future program no more than one calendar year from Launch Day of the initial program purchased.  The ability to repurpose tuition may be granted by application only and is not guaranteed.  Participants who withdraw after Launch Day – including the very next day – are not eligible for a refund of any kind and will not be able to repurpose tuition towards a future program. Participants who fail to attend Launch Day without notice for any reason are not eligible for a refund of any kind and will not be able to repurpose tuition towards a future program.

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