Welcome to the NYTW Blog—a resource for behind-the-scenes insights on our productions, share-outs from the classroom penned by teaching artists, community partner spotlights, and a peek behind the curtain to see how work gets made at NYTW. We’ve had the honor this season to partner with journalist and theatre critic Jose Solís and the BIPOC Critics Lab, so you’ll also see contributions from lab participants as they interview NYTW 2020/21 Artistic Instigators.

Announcing the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons!

We’re proud to announce the complete 2021/22 Season as well as initial work for the 2022/23 Season!

“As we considered our return to live performance, we realized that in addition to the interrupted commitments we’d made, the artists in our community had not stopped creating—there was even more work that demanded our attention,” said Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker.

June 7, 2021 by NYTW



TBT: Inside the Auntie Sewing Squad

As Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord comes to the NYTW virtual stage this weekend, we are throwing it back to a beautiful piece on Kristina and the Auntie Sewing Squad in the Los Angeles Times. Learn how Kristina went from “grief and uncertainty” to “the creator of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse grass-roots mask-making efforts.”

May 13, 2021 by Nita Lelyveld for the Los Angeles Times


A Poetic Partnership: Collaborating with Poetic Theater Productions

Since early 2019, New York Theatre Workshop has had the privilege to cultivate a deep relationship with Poetic Theater Productions. Together we’ve developed our community Open Mic Nights at our home on Fourth Street as well as in the virtual space during the ongoing pandemic. Our Open Mic Nights invite artists at all levels of their careers and from all over the world to share their work in community. Our joint community programs are just starting to grow with a new free playwriting program for veterans and their families! Let’s learn more about our amazing community partner.

May 10, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad - Community Engagement Associate


THE TAXI KEEPS MOVING

Taxilandia is extending by popular demand, and we are excited for more people to get the chance to be in the cab with Flako! Miranda Levingston gets one of the coveted rides and talks with Flako about gentrification and how Taxilandia is giving back with every ride.

May 6, 2021 by Miranda Levingston for BK READER


Community Spotlight: Fourth Arts Block

May is Lower East Side History Month, and Fourth Arts Block NYC (FABnyc) is activating its network of community-oriented arts institutions to celebrate the neighborhood and its rich history. FABnyc’s Managing Director Dakota Scott generously shared some history about FABnyc and the work they continue to do in our neighborhood.

We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know our friends at Fourth Arts Block NYC!

May 1, 2021 by NYTW


“HIV Is Not the Worst Thing That Can Happen to You”

NYTW Tow Playwright-in-Residence Victor I. Cazares is a surrealist, nonbinary playwright whose works have brought them acclaim for their candid dives into the absurdities of sex, squalor, and capitalism. In this interview, Cazares talks about their HIV positive status, their upbringing, and need to demolish white mediocrity in art.

April 30, 2021 by Juan Michael Porter II for THEBODY


HILTON ALS GOES OFFSCRIPT

Artistic Instigator Hilton Als chats with the editors of American Theatre Magazine on his 2-part podcast series Hilton Als Presents, where he lifts up and takes a different look at what he considers marginalized classics of the 20th Century.

April 23, 2021 by AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE


NYTW Spotlight: Waverley Engelman

Don’t let April showers keep you down! We have another staff spotlight to give you your daily boost. Meet Waverley Engelman, the Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors.

April 19, 2021 by NYTW


Audio Chismógrafo, Or how I pinched the brain of Victor I. Cazares

When your mind is instigated to overload with stimuli, you default to the resources of your youth. For me, it was a chismógrafo done in audio form.

This is a page right out of the life of playwright Victor I. Cazares, filled with stories and Latino-pop references to challenge even the world of their NYTW original Pinching Pennies with Penny Marshall.

April 12, 2021 by Scheherazade Quiroga