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.

How to Defend Yourself Study Guide

Dive into the world of How to Defend Yourself with the study guide created by our fantastic education and marketing teams. In addition to seeing the show and participating in a talkback with the cast, our teaching artists went to the partner schools for personalized lessons with each class.

March 21, 2023 by NYTW

Community Spotlight: Beth Prevor and Hands On

In this very special Community Spotlight interview, our Development Fellow Phoebe Moore sat down with Beth Prevor, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hands On, to talk about legacy, accessibility, and the future of inclusive theatre. Hands On is an organization that offers Sign Interpreted Performances in the not-for-profit theatrical arena along with information on Deafness and the arts across New York City and the country.

March 17, 2023 by Phoebe Moore, NYTW Development Fellow

Merrily Announces Broadway Dates

Direct from the sold-out run at NYTW, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG will begin Broadway performances on September 19, 2023 at the Hudson Theatre for a strictly limited 18-week engagement! Beginning Friday, March 24 at 10am ET, tickets will be available from $59 from MerrilyOnBroadway.com. Pre-sale access will begin on Thursday, March 23 at 10am ET. A TodayTix Lottery will be available for all performances, with details to be announced at a later date.

March 15, 2023 by NYTW

Teens Ukraine Theatre and Lost and Found present “Are We There Yet”

New York Theatre Workshop is proud to host the world premiere of Are We There Yet, theatre told verbatim by Ukrainian teen refugees. Presented by Teens Ukraine Theater (TUT), Are We There Yet is a documentary theatre piece centered on children’s experience during the war, Russian invasion of Ukraine in New York City.

Listen to a conversation between Jerome Allen-Smith, Marketing Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Ukraine, and Anya Zicar, director of Are There Yet and Founder to Lost and Found Theatre.

March 13, 2023 by Jerome Allen-Smith, NYTW Marketing Fellow

A New Perspective

“Centered in humor, brutal honesty and healing, How to Defend Yourself is a play that explores what we want and how we can ask for it.” Co-directors Liliana Padilla, Rachel Chavkin, and Steph Paul talk creating the play and how it speaks to survivors.

March 10, 2023 by Lizzie Hyman for PEOPLE

An update about Three Sisters

We regret to announce that the highly anticipated production of Three Sisters—directed by Sam Gold, in a new adaptation by Clare Barron, starring Oscar Isaac and Greta Gerwig—has been indefinitely postponed.   

March 6, 2023 by NYTW

Self-Defense with Rae Switlick & The Center for Anti-Violence Education

NYTW is thrilled to expand our partnership with The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) to include Empowerment Self-Defense classes during the run of How To Defend Yourself. Want to learn more about self-defense or unsure of what to expect? We chatted with Rae Switlick, Empowerment Self Defense Program Manager for CAE (and one of the trainers for the Self-Defense classes at NYTW), about her experience with self defense and all the amazing work that CAE does!

February 24, 2023 by NYTW

Meet the Black Women Reshaping American Theater

Shondaland talked to four pioneering artistic directors and producers, including our wonderful Artistic Director Patricia McGregor, who are striving to make the theatre field more inclusive. Check out the interview with Patricia, Nataki Garrett, Dominique Morisseau, and Hana Sharif.

February 23, 2023 by Mia Brabham for Shondaland


For February’s Community Spotlight, we are featuring the wonderful Ann C. James,  the Intimacy Coordinator who is currently working with the cast and creative team of How to Defend Yourself and the Founder of Intimacy Coordinators of Color.

February 16, 2023 by NYTW