Date(s) - Jul/19 - Jul/25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

New Era Creative Space (NECS)

This program will focus on the process of storytelling through documentary filmmaking. Participants will learn interview techniques to draw out a compelling story from subjects as well as the technical skills needed to record and edit films. The subjects of our documentary will be the everyday people in the local community.

Documentary Filmmaking will enliven participants’ curiosity of the world around them, and reveal that all people have histories, hopes, and dreams that are not always apparent or amplified. They will learn that one does not need to be famous to have a compelling story to tell about their life, where they came from, and what they do. Participants will uncover and celebrate these stories.

Along with experiencing the creative process of storytelling through someone else’s life, participants will gain some of the technical competencies needed to make a film, including interviewing, audio recording, camera work, video editing and post-production.


  • Age: 13 – 17
  • Grade: 8 – 11
  • Day(s): 5 days
  • Date(s): July 19 -25
  • Time: 9 – 12 PM
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Location: NECS
  • Fee: Non- Residents – $250, Peekskill Students – Free
    After you have completed payment or if you are seeking tuition assistance, please complete the following REGISTRATION FORM

Instructor: David Steele

Instructor Bio: David is a multi-hyphenate creative orchestrator and multimedia storyteller whose work encompasses theatre, music, writing and audio/video. He was Senior Creative Director at Blue Man Productions for 19 years, overseeing all creative and artistic aspects of the award-winning Blue Man Group shows, seen by over 35 million people worldwide. During this period, he was Head of Writing – conceiving and developing new content and properties; Creative Director of Story and Character – major stakeholder on all narrative and non-narrative story development; Director – staging successful theatrical, live and televised shows and events all over the world; Music Director – overseeing all music, audio and talent in all productions; and Performer. 

He is also an accomplished Musician and Composer, having scored music and sound design for countless commercials, television shows, theatre and film, including Sesame Street, Converse, Reebok, Intel, Fidelity, etc. He has released records on major labels and toured the world many times over.

David’s work focuses on extracting the poetry and human story from everyday scenarios and our shared environments while celebrating connection, joy and life force in the process.