“Epic’s favorite thing about working and producing at Theatre Row is accessibility and inclusion … we serve a lot of non-traditional audiences … people who often feel excluded or unwelcome at Off-Broadway theater … Theatre Row makes them feel comfortable, welcome, and included.”
– Ron Russell, Epic Theatre
Theatre Row nurtures a broad range of artistic voices. Its spaces encourage nonprofit theater companies and artists to collaborate, produce work, and build a professional home for themselves. Within this supportive environment, Theatre Row hosts seasonal programming that reflects diverse, creative voices of the Off-Broadway community and enables companies to experiment with producing a variety of work without the commercial stipulations of a Broadway house, while still reaching a broad range of Broadway audiences. To serve a wide variety of audiences, Theatre Row prioritizes strategic partnerships with community-based organizations that reach historically underrepresented artists and theatergoers.
Epic Theatre Ensemble and Theatre Row have partnered on audience development initiatives that will create opportunities for thousands of truly new audience members each year to access Off-Broadway. Epic runs high school education programs, which give high school students and their families the opportunity to experience professional theatrical productions. Epic has one of New York City’s most diverse groups of artists and ticket buyers in terms of race, ethnicity, and age. Of the 1,700 students it serves annually from underserved, low-arts public high schools who frequent Theatre Row, 41% self-identify as African-American or Black, 38% Hispanic or Latino/a, and 15% two or more races. Over 25% of Epic’s audiences are under 25 years old.
The Chase Brock Experience, the “candy-bright company” (The New Yorker) celebrated for its “stylized showbiz mayhem” (The New York Times) and “whose dances mix a witty Broadway sensibility with rock-and-roll zest” (New York Magazine), is the Brooklyn-based dance company of choreographer Chase Brock. Since 2007, the company has premiered six original scores and 30 dances in New York seasons.
Led by Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, New Light Theater Project (NLTP) is an ensemble-focused theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and reimagined classic works), supporting independent and emerging artists by providing and promoting growth opportunities through exposure to new audiences.
Mint finds and produces worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or forgotten. It is their mission to create new life for these plays through research, dramaturgy, production, publication, readings and a variety of enrichment programs.
Keen creates theater that provokes identification, reflection and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company 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.
New York City Children’s Theater creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together. The mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies. NYCCT demonstrates that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.
Ma-Yi Theater Company is an Award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today.
United Solo™ is a theatre company based in New York City and Los Angeles, dedicated to the genre of one-person performance. They present solo pieces, both local and international; discover original scripts; bring creators together; exchange perspectives; assemble performers, companies, and institutions, as well as other activities related to solo performance. Through the exploration of existential themes, solo artists reflect upon political, sexual, economical, religious, and social diversity. This diversity unites us all in a constellation of unique solos.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is the pioneer, award-winning Asian American theatre company on the East Coast and the second most veteran in the nation. With the help of the late Ellen Stewart and core Asian American artists at La Mama ETC, Tisa Chang founded Pan Asian Rep in 1977 with the vision that Asian American artists can equally follow their artistic aspirations to reach the zenith of American Theatre.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) is the only professional Off-Broadway theater organization dedicated to advancing artists and developing audiences of people with disabilities and altering the misperceptions surrounding disability by proving, once and for all, that disability does not affect the quality or integrity of our art or artists. They began in 1979 and are currently celebrating their 40th season! With a well-deserved reputation for excellence, The New York Times calls them “an extraordinary troupe designed to defy expectations”. The New York Post says TBTB is “quite simply one of the most enjoyable companies in the country” and The Village Voice touted them as “long purveyors of quality drama.”