New York Theatre Workshop provokes, produces and cultivates the work of artists whose visions inspire and challenge all of us.
Founded in 1979, New York Theatre Workshop 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 theatre 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. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. Over the course of four decades, 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 Artist Workshop, allows us to connect with over 1,800 artists annually. The Workshop side of NYTW encompasses our 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.
The genesis of New York Theatre Workshop began with Founding Trustee Stephen Graham in 1979. Stephen envisioned an organization which would support and encourage outstanding new playwrights and directors outside the commercial area and to develop inventive new works for the theatre.