Almost from its inception, NYTW has maintained a steadfast commitment to nurturing smaller theatre ensembles and emerging companies and providing them with an artistic home. Some of the outstanding groups NYTW has supported over the years include the Five Lesbian Brothers, Red Bull Theatre and the Tectonic Theatre Project. In 2005, NYTW decided to formalize these relationships by creating the Companies-in-Residence program and incorporating it into our signature Artist Development Activities, which consist of close to 100 readings of new plays a year, small scale studio productions, free rehearsal space opportunities, fellowships for emerging artists and play development residencies in and outside New York City throughout the year.

The first two official Companies-in-Residence were Ruben Polendo’s Theater Mitu and John Collins’ Elevator Repair Service (ERS). Over a number of years, both companies received invaluable support and resources to further their developing companies’ growth including access to free office space and supplies, as well as considerable mentorship and discussions with NYTW staff members. In addition, Companies-in-Residence are able to use NYTW’s rehearsal space and performance venues free of charge, helping to alleviate the many costs that often hinder the artistic development of fledgling companies. Through this program, resident companies are able to gain exposure in ways they might not have been able to secure on their own. ERS was able to develop its critically acclaimed adaptation of William Faulkner’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY (APRIL SEVENTH, 1928), and was then produced for the first time Off Broadway at NYTW as part of our 25th Anniversary Season in spring 2008. Their unique interpretation of Ernest Hemingway’s THE SUN ALSO RISES, a final chapter in their trilogy of adaptations of American literature, was part of NYTW's 2011/12 season.

New York Theatre Workshop is happy to welcome The Noor Theatre as our newest Company in Residence. Noor is dedicated to reclaiming and portraying Middle Eastern narratives and creating exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people. Noor’s founding members include Lameece Issaq, Artistic Director;
Maha Chehlaoui, Executive Director and Nancy Vitale, Producing Artistic Director



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