NYTW believes that there are many ways to make a play and that director- and ensemble-generated work are necessary components of a theatrical landscape. To that end, NYTW is committed to nurturing and providing support for theatre ensembles and emerging companies. In 2005, NYTW formalized these relationships by creating the Companies-in-Residence program. This initiative alleviates many of the costs that hinder the artistic development of growing companies and helps them gain exposure in the community through mentorship by NYTW staff members, access to free office space, supplies and rehearsal space.

In 2005, NYTW named its first official Companies-in-Residence, Theatre Mitu and Elevator Repair Service. In 2010 NYTW welcomed our third Company-in-Residence, Noor Theatre. Some of the outstanding groups NYTW supported before formalizing our Company-in-Residence program include the Five Lesbian Brothers, Red Bull Theatre, SITI Company and the Tectonic Theatre Project.

NYTW productions of our Companies-in-Residence:

  • Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Spring 2008.
  • Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Fall 2011.
  • Noor Theatre’s Food and Fadwa, by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader, Spring 2012.
  • Elevator Repair Service’s Fondly, Collette Richland by Sibyl Kempson, Fall 2015.

Elevator Repair Service

ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE is a New York City-based company that creates original works for live theater with an ongoing ensemble. Since its founding in 1991 by John Collins and a group of actors, ERS has built a body of work that has earned it a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly-acclaimed experimental theater companies. Their work has been seen across America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and they have been the recipient of many awards including a 2012 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence; The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Theater Grant; the Theatre Communications Group’s Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement; and (for Gatz) Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Visiting Production and Lucille Lortel Awards for Alternative Theatrical Experience and Best Director. ERS ensemble members have received OBIEs for Sustained Excellence in Performance, Lighting Design, and Sound Design.

Noor Theatre

NOOR THEATRE is dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. Noor’s programming supports work at different stages of development, whether early drafts of new plays or world premiere productions. Through its Highlight Reading Series, Co-presentation Partnerships with universities and other organizations, and Premiere Productions, Noor aims to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people.Since its founding in 2010, Noor has produced the world premieres of five original plays: Food and Fadwa by Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader; Myth In Motion with the students of the NJIT/Rutgers Theater program; and three original plays in The Myth Project: Kareem Fahmy’s The In-Between; Pirronne Yousefzadeh’s I Am Gordafarid; and Noelle Ghoussaini’s phonecia flowers. Noor’s inaugural production, Food and Fadwa, was co-produced with New York Theatre Workshop in May 2012.