At the heart of NYTW’s workshop activities are the Usual Suspects, a community of over 500 affiliated theatre artists comprised of actors, playwrights, dramaturgs, designers and directors. Individuals are invited to become Usual Suspects by NYTW’s artistic leadership. Usual Suspects are empowered to make their own pathway within our community. NYTW strives to support and encourage these artists by providing opportunities for the creation of new work, allowing for the members to commune with and learn from each other, and creating space for them to grow both personally and artistically.
NYTW aspires to bring a global perspective of theatremaking to our audience, and to be an active participant in the international theatre community. In our workshop we feel that an engagement with world theatre provides an opportunity for American artists to grow and deepen their work. The Suspects Abroad initiative sends groups of American theatremakers to international festivals with the goals of immersion in a new culture and exposure to a wider variety of aesthetics while building relationships across boundaries.
Past Suspects Abroad trips have include Theatretreffen, Berlin; the Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Poland; the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, Russia; Budapest, Hungary, in conjunction with the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute; a Baltic adventure to St. Petersburg, Russia, Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania; and Palestine and Israel.