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Founded in 1979 by Stephen Graham, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) is dedicated to ensuring the robust and compelling presence of the artist in our society. This mission is manifested in two distinct but equally important focuses of activity: first through producing an annual season of productions in our 199-seat theater in Manhattan’s East Village and second, by inviting theatre-makers at all stages of their careers, to participate in activities that allow them to gain support for both themselves and their projects. This dual programming, on our stage and in our “workshop,” allows NYTW to develop and produce theatrical experiences that reflect and respond to the world around us and re-invigorate the artists and audiences we connect with each year.

As both a laboratory for theatrical exploration and a producer of plays that expand the boundaries of theatrical form and address the critical issues of our times, NYTW has been able to support projects that are aesthetically, thematically, and methodologically diverse. Among our long list of acclaimed work is Jonathan Larson's RENT, Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul, Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited), Caryl Churchill's Far Away and A Number, John Guare's Lydie Breeze, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life, and six acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards. NYTW is currently represented on Broadway with Once and Peter and the Starcatcher. Over the course of almost thirty seasons, NYTW has evolved to become a significant force in New York City's vibrant cultural landscape and is recognized as one of the leading producing theatres of original work in the United States.

While the productions in our “Theatre” are the primary way New York Theatre Workshop is recognized by the public, what happens offstage in our “Workshop,” allows us to connect with approximately 1,700 artists annually. The Workshop side of NYTW encompasses NYTW’s commitment to facilitating critical response, most often connected to the reading of a draft of a project; offering residencies to companies and individual artists; awarding Fellowships and most importantly, building ongoing relationships with artists outside of the production atmosphere. Through a variety of programs dedicated to project development or career support, NYTW provides the theatrical community with a home for collaboration, growth and exploration. First, NYTW provides a community of 499 affiliated theatre artists, known as the Usual Suspects, with numerous benefits, including: free tickets to all NYTW productions; the opportunity to present their works-in-progress; access to their own membership website;and free rehearsal space opportunities. To nurture new work at its earliest stages, NYTW facilitates weekly play readings on Mondays @ 3. Participating artists receive attention from NYTW literary and casting staff and a constructive feedback session. Through our Companies-in-Residence program, NYTW supports small theatre companies with guidance, free rehearsal space and office supplies. NYTW hosts Summer Residencies at Dartmouth College, giving dozens of artists the chance to gather for project development and mentorship outside of New York City. Finally, our 2050 Fellowship program allows emerging artists the chance to develop their crafts while utilizing the resources of an established nonprofit producing company.

As part of our commitment to the local community, we maintain a number of ticket discounts to make our productions more accessible and offer various educational programs including Learning Workshop, through which middle and high school students from three New York City public schools – Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA) and, in Brooklyn, the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology and the Khalil Gibran International Academy – attend NYTW performances and talkbacks. For each production, Alexander Santiago-Jirau, our Director of Education, assembles a team of teaching artists who conduct short- and long-term residencies at each of our three Learning Workshop partner schools to enhance students’ experiences of attending productions and to connect aspects of theatre into students’ school work. Mind the Gap, NYTW’s free bi-annual intergenerational writing workshop, brings together senior citizens and high school students for ten sessions, encouraging them to share meaningful personal stories with one another as they learn the principles of playwriting. Led by a professional playwright, the program culminates with a public reading of plays written by participants and performed by professional actors affiliated with NYTW. Our Internship Program offers college students and/or recent graduates professional work opportunities with NYTW’s Artistic, Literary, Casting, Education, Production Management, Technical Direction, Development, and Marketing departments. Interns are provided with unlimited monthly MetroCards and/or school credit. Finally, NYTW’s Public Programs, comprised of panel discussions, dialogues, readings and events, AfterWords post-performance talkbacks and online resources, engage the local community in an ongoing conversation about the work on our stage.