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In the heart of Midtown, just east of Central Park, 59E59 Theaters is a modern theater complex with three stages and a lively bar on the mezzanine leve… Read morel. Founded in 2002, 59E59 Theaters presents Off-Broadway productions by not-for-profit companies from across the United States and around the world. 59E59 Theaters is committed to fostering diversity in its theater programming.
AENY is committed to maintaining an experimental, collaborative attitude throughout the production process, and establishing a stable and enriching rel… Read moreationship between Spanish and U.S. artists. Moreover, AENY seeks to enliven the New York arts scene through its focus on collaborative productions, which illuminate and examine the challenges of our society nowadays and the cultural bridge between Spain and the U.S.
Abingdon Theatre Company provides a safe home where playwrights, directors, and actors can collaborate within a supportive and nurturing environment. T… Read morehe company searches for stories about the human experience that reflect our social, political, historical, and cultural diversity. Abingdon is acutely aware of the theatre’s power to unite disparate population groups through stories about common human interests, and strives to shed light on a variety of perspectives.
The Abrons Arts Center is the performing and visual arts center of Henry Street Settlement. The facility links the 300-seat proscenium Playhouse, origi… Read morenally constructed as the Neighborhood Playhouse by philanthropists Alice Lewisohn and Irene Lewisohn in 1915 to the main art center building, which opened in 1975.
Since 1992, ACCESS THEATER has been a home to New York City's leading downtown artists. When not producing its own work, Access serves as a cost-effect… Read moreive curated arts venue seeking innovative, not-for-profit producing organizations devoted to new works in the Off-Off Broadway community.
AFO is rooted in the belief that solo theater is unique in its ability to deliver life-changing stories to an ever-broadening audience. It speaks with … Read morea passion and intimacy that compels communities of all walks to lean in, relate, and revel, while offering a range of topics and experiences as diverse as humankind itself.
Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy, and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Its unique deve… Read morelopment programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous ar… Read moretists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.
Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, Bedlam creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms … Read morein a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life. In this new, fresh, active environment storytelling becomes paramount and the result is a kinetic experience of shared empathy.
Black Lab Theatre is committed to producing great plays that are new and relevant. Our aim is to challenge and entertain by providing audiences the opp… Read moreortunity to see a wide range of new works of thematically contemporary based theatre. Rather than focus on major revivals, traditional productions or outright experimental theater, Black Lab Theatre will focus on staging socially and politically relevant shows that enhance the experiential impact of theater to a new generation of audiences.
Black Moon Theatre Company brings together the mediums of acting, non-Western dance techniques, visual arts, and music with the use of classical texts … Read morefrom Greek tragedies to modern drama and comedy, poetry, and novels. The multi-media work of Black Moon Theatre Company has been described as a "text book example of how to blend live performance and film."
"The Castillo Theatre was established in 1984 by a collective of political activist/artists. Privately funded from the beginning, Castillo's work featu… Read moreres improvisation, the works of the late Fred Newman and of German avant-gardist and Brecht protégé, Heiner Müller (among others), and youth productions. It serves as a multi-racial home for Black theatre, and since 2007, has enjoyed a producing partnership with Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre.
Situated in a landmark building in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre serves as a vital lab for the development of new American works and a home fo… Read morer groundbreaking productions of both new and classic theater of the highest caliber. As New York's longest continuously running Off-Broadway theatre, Cherry Lane has helped to define American drama, fostering fresh, daring, and relevant theater since 1924.
Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest … Read moreestablished and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.
Company XIV fuses dance, theater, circus, opera, burlesque, and decadent design to create one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. The work is a unique ma… Read moresh-up of classical texts, baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop-culture references, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender-bending, fashion, and theatrical staging.
Corkscrew Theater Festival is a brand-new NYC summer festival running August 7 - September 3 at the Paradise Factory theater (64 E 4th St), with the ai… Read morem of increasing access to production opportunities for a varied set of early-career artists, especially those who are developing work through innovative collaborative models. The inaugural 2017 season includes five new plays with eight performances each, plus a reading series of five plays in development. The festival is presented by The Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions.
Crowded Outlet is committed to tangling the creative powers of a variety of artistic voices to create & develop vibrant theatrical entertainments that … Read moresend audiences into the world recharged and with renewed insight into the collective human experience.
Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by creating and supporting artistic work that amplifies marginalized voices. By… Read more fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, Culture Projects aims to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time.
DMoss Productions, LLC was formed by Dewey Moss is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His newest work, The Crusade of Connor Stephens pre… Read moremiered at the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival where it won 7 awards, including Outstanding Production, Best Playwright, and Best Director, and is currently set to open as for a commercial Off Broadway run at the Jerry Orbach Theater, The Theater Center in June 2017. Death of the Persian Prince, another award-winning play, is currently in pre-production for an Off-Broadway run after premiering in two festivals and having a successful run at the historic Duo Theater in NYC. Other projects in development include the musical The Southern Baptist Biddy Band (and their dirty little secret), Mean, and a currently untitled dance musical based on the story of Esther.
Dixon Place, an artistic incubator since 1986, is a non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of… Read more theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires & encourages diverse artists of all stripes & callings to take risks, generate new ideas & consummate new practices. The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced through the reaction of our adventurous audiences. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation. If you have work that would be appropriate for Dixon Place, please read our open submissions policy.
Ego Actus (production company) is Latin for "My Way." In 2009, Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer created an independent theatre in company dedicated to do… Read moreing art for art's sake. Each artist brings his or her own way of creating to our shows and we unify them into a collective "my way." Joan directs and Bruce designs, they both produce. Everything we have presented to date has been in Manhattan or Europe, plus one show in Philadelphia and another on Governors Island. Our off-Broadway shows have included "Play Nice!" at 59e59 theaters, "I Know What Boys Want" at Theatre Row and "Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara" at HERE. We presented both "Safe" and "what do you mean" in the East to Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We brought both "Kafka's Belinda" and "The Telegram" to the Prague Fringe festival and we sent "The Metamorphosis" to Prague and Budapest. We have produced 25 festival shows in 10 different festivals including the Edinburgh, New York and Prague Fringes, the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row and FringeArts in Philadelphia, plus several others in New York City. Our shows have been nominated for 61 awards, of which we have won 21. We have had three plays average 83 or better on Show Score and two of those became Trending Shows. We have also done 23 stand alone shows including Equity productions at Theatre Row, HERE, Theater for a New City, Urban Stages, and the WorkShop Theater. We are affiliated with the League of Independent Theater and Fractured Atlas.
Elephant Run District is an NYC-based indie theater and film company devoted to developing the work of a core group of artists, challenging expectation… Read mores, engaging our audiences, inspiring dialogue in the communities we serve, and creating long-lasting memories. ERD seeks to entertain its audiences while addressing issues that affect our society. The District is a place where traditions collide and new possibilities are explored in the hunt to create stories that are ultimately human. The company gets its name after the time when founding members Aimee Todoroff and Chris Harcum first met on a chilly Monday around midnight in 2010. This happened to be the final time the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ran their elephants across 34th Street to get them to Madison Square Garden. People cheered the elephants while others protested the cruelty. There were cops shouting, sirens blaring, clowns cheerily waving on tall bikes, horses majestically trotting, and stilt walkers gliding above the crowd. The elephants zipped by much faster than you might imagine. It was exciting and unexpected, just like how we feel good theater should be.
To produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and … Read moredebate about the salient issues of our time.
The Ensemble Studio Theatre—commonly known as EST—was founded in 1968 by Curt Dempster on the belief that extraordinary support yields extraordinary wo… Read morerk. EST is a dynamic and expanding family of member artists committed to the discovery and nurturing of new voices and the continued support and growth of artists throughout their creative lives. Through its unique collaborative process, EST develops and produces original, provocative, and authentic new plays that engage and challenge audiences.
Everyday Inferno creates adventurous theatrical productions of new or rarely produced texts that tell women's stories in a unique, entertaining, and ac… Read morecessible manner. We exceed the limitations of low-budget theatre by exploring nontraditional spaces, stagecraft, and storytelling. We are committed to developing a diverse audience by producing work that is large in scope while keeping our production costs (and ticket prices) at a minimum. Through our work, we prove that stories focused on women can be universally enjoyable and relatable.
FRIGID New York is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. … Read moreFRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.
Fellowship for Performing Arts is a New York City-based theatrical production company that produces theater from a Christian worldview meant to enga… Read morege a diverse audience. FPA has developed and presented in theaters in New York, London, Chicago, DC, and in performing arts centers across America. Productions include 'Martin Luther on Trial,' 'The Screwtape Letters,' 'The Great Divorce,; 'C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert,' and the Jeff Award-winning 'Mark's Gospel.'
The mission of Fiasco Theater is to offer dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions of classic and new plays, and to offer high-level theatrical traini… Read moreng through classes and workshops. Its goal is to create a new model of fiscal sustainability whereby the company remunerates its artists for their valuable work, and offers performances and training at low or no cost to audiences and students.
Flux Theatre Ensemble produces transformative theatre that explores and awakens the capacity for change. As an ensemble-artist driven company, we belie… Read moreve that long-term collaboration and rigorous creative development can unite artists and audiences to build a creative home in New York.
Group .BR’s mission is to present Brazilian culture through the performing arts to the Brazilian community and multicultural, and physical theater enth… Read moreusiasts. By presenting the plays in Portuguese the group offers an opportunity to the audience to artistically connect with the language. The non-Portuguese speakers can benefit from the warmth and musicality of the Brazilian language while reading the subtitles in English. As the only Brazilian theater company in NYC, Group.BR is the voice of the yet unknown Brazilian dramaturgy in the city.
HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and v… Read moreisual art. Its artist residencies support the singular vision of the lead artist through commissions, long-term development, and production support. HERE’s programs and performances promote relationships among local, national, and international artists. Its space is a destination for audiences who are passionate about groundbreaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it.
At Hamlet Isn’t Dead, we know that shared emotional and intellectual experiences are vital to all people. As Shakespeare did, we provide an authentic s… Read moreense of joy to every audience member, regardless of race, creed, religion, or financial situation. Our mission is to present the best theatrical experience possible, allowing you to witness and become part of the sublime.
The Harlem Repertory Theatre is committed to producing artistically and intellectually challenging productions that explore the experiences of a divers… Read moree range of ethnic, social and cultural communities. Harlem Repertory Theatre group photoMoreover, The HRT stages new works and established classic musicals and plays from bold and innovative perspectives that will challenge and/or reflect the Harlem community's cultural and social values.
Hedgepig is an award-winning ensemble-based company in Brooklyn working at the intersection of sweat, scholarship, and soul. We value a uniquely rigoro… Read moreus, physical, and collaborative approach to classically inspired texts. Through management and artistic opportunities, Hedgepig nurtures and amplifies the voices of women in theatre. We bring audience and artists together in a communal experience, we inspire individual journeys toward empathy, equality and a holistic human experience. Since our founding in 2014 by Mary Candler and Gwendolyn Kelso, our thirteen-member ensemble has brought imaginative works to life, such as Tennessee Williams's INTERIOR: PANIC at FringeNYC (award: best actress in festival), William Shakespeare's THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR the NYC premiere of THE WOMEN OF WILLIAMS COUNTY at Midtown International Theatre Festival (award: Outstanding Ensemble), Tom Stoppard's WORLD'S FASTEST HAMLET on Govenors Island, and a variety of one-night-only theatrical events (ABSURD!, DREAMS, FICTIONS, FANCIES, AN EVENING WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS) Hedgepig also regularly produces ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A DRUNKEN KNAVE: SHAKESPEARE TRIVIA NIGHT at various bars. Check out our website for an upcoming trivia nights!
Hunger & Thirst was founded in 2012 by a group of artists with a simple, shared "hunger and thirst" for creating theatre. We are dedicated to discoveri… Read moreng exciting, new ways to perform the classics and producing contemporary works inspired by classic stories. We gravitate towards works that express universal, timeless themes that reveal a deep, inner truth about human nature. Our hope is by showing classic stories in an unique or updated way, our audiences will experience these timeless themes more profoundly, thereby making the overall theatrical experience as emotionally resonant today as it was when the original piece was first performed.
Hunger Theatre is an NYC-based theatre group, small but relentless in our pursuit of excellent story telling. Our mission: to produce great plays, n… Read moreew and old, with simplicity, playfulness, and daring. To conduct emotional electricity. To serve the human truth of each story above all else. Previous work includes the premieres of several new one-act plays, as well as an Off Off Broadway production of Mark Schultz' "Everything Will Be Different."
Founded in 1968, IATI Theater is a company of artistic adventurers that promotes contemporary Latino heritage through theater, music and dance, serving… Read more as a bridge between artists and underserved communities in its New York home in the East Village on national and international tours. We take risks because we believe you can’t create something new without going somewhere that makes you a little bit uncomfortable. We’re always asking questions. We’re never satisfied with the status quo. It’s the secret to how we find the extraordinary.
Keen Company creates theater that provokes identification, reflection and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the comp… Read moreany tells stories in which people strive to live with integrity. Keen seeks to build a lasting community of artists and audiences who share a passion for theater that champions sincerity and speaks to life’s profound moments.
We create smart, original, and unpredictable theatre. We produce investigative works based on real-life stories, often engaging with the people whos… Read moree stories we tell. We experiment with new theatrical languages and forms in pursuit of visually inventive and lyrically rich works.
Lincoln Center Theater is a not-for-profit organization in NYC, producing plays and musicals on and off Broadway. The organization observes Lincoln Cen… Read moreter founder John D. Rockefeller 3rd's mandate that the arts are "not for the privileged few, but for the many." Guided by the motto, "Good Plays, Popular Prices," Lincoln Center Theater makes every effort to keep admission prices low and its doors open to all.
MCC Theater is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened - and otherwise never would. Its programming encompasses annual pr… Read moreoductions; development of new work; and renowned education and outreach programs that help more than 1,200 NYC high school students each year to find – and use – their own unique voice, increase literacy, improve grades, and develop important life skills through the creation and performance of their own original work. MCC empowers artists and students to take risks to create bold, daring work that investigates the issues and morality of our time and inspires active engagement of audiences.
Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company is an Obie Award-winning, not-for-profit 501(3)(c) organization whose primary mission is to develop new plays an… Read mored performance works that essay Asian American experiences. We provide a home where artists can take big creative risks and investigate new avenues of collaboration as they hone individual and collective skills. We encourage our artists to engage their communities in vigorous dialogues that push Asian American aesthetics beyond easily identifiable Orientalist markers. We challenge popular prescriptions of what culturally specific theater should be by producing challenging, forward-thinking plays written by today's emerging crop of new playwrights.
Founded in 1970, MTC is committed to the creation of new plays and musicals through an intensive Artistic Development Program that offers commissions, … Read morescript evaluation, dramaturgical support, readings, and workshops. Using the work on its stages, MTC’s Education Program promotes active participation in the arts through in-class instruction, student and family matinees, teacher training, internships and internet-based distance learning. In constantly seeking new ways to innovate, MTC keeps theatre alive and relevant. MTC produces on Broadway in the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street and at the historic New York City Center complex on West 55th Street. Each season is distinguished by the variety of the repertoire.
Metropolitan Playhouse explores America’s theatrical heritage to illuminate contemporary American culture. The Playhouse produces early American plays,… Read more new plays drawn from American culture and history, and plays from around the world that resonate with the American canon.
Mint Theater Company finds and produces worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or forgotten. It is Mint's mission to create new life for th… Read moreese plays through research, dramaturgy, production, publication, readings, and a variety of enrichment programs.
National Asian American Theatre Co., Inc. (NAATCO)'s mission is to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States,… Read more demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture.
National Black Theatre [NBT] was founded in 1968 in the heart of Harlem by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, an award winning, visionary artist and entrep… Read morereneur. With a distinguished history of innovative work in its community, NBT is among the oldest Black Theaters in the country, and among the longest owned and operated by a woman of color. NBT is also a pioneer as the first to establish revenue generating Black art complex located at 2031 5th Avenue in Harlem, NY. NBT's core mission remains the same today as it was at the time of its founding, to produce transformational theatrical experiences that enhance African-American cultural identity by telling authentic stories of the Black experience.
The Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] is the longest continuously producing Yiddish theatre company in the world. The company pr… Read moreesents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian super titles accompanying performances. NYTF serves a versatile audience of over 50,000 individuals annually, comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, while also using the arts as a vehicle to educate youth and adults about Jewish heritage. The NYTF outreach program takes events around the region, nation and world, bringing programming annually to over 15,000 individuals.
New Federal Theatre (NFT) founded by Woodie King, Jr. in 1970 grew out of a theatre program at Mobilization for Youth. This neighborhood-based profess… Read moreional theatre was originally funded by the Henry Street Settlement along with a small grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Led by Founding Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, New Light Theater Project (NLTP) is an ensemble-driven theater … Read morecompany that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community. To accomplish this, NLTP places the ensemble at the center of the process, where all members, regardless of artistic role, bear weight and voice to the stories selected to tell. NLTP devises and develops new work, brings classical texts and revivals to life, and creates a spirit of community for all theatrical collaborations. NLTP illuminates other artists and companies through a network of shared resources, such as The Spotlight and Darkroom Series, while cultivating theatrical partnerships around the world.
New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue that serves the vast independent theatre community of New York and the adventurous … Read moreaudiences who love them. As a small, downtown, artist-run organization with a twenty-plus year history as a beacon for bold and inventive work, we know the challenges and rewards of producing and presenting alternative, groundbreaking theatre.