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.

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

A Republic in Three Monologues (Part 2)

In Part Two of his conversation with Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, Alexi Chacón recaps his experience of verbatim theatre with the authors, and they ponder the future of the piece What The Hell is A Republic, Anyway?, and well as the future of the American Republic.

March 30, 2021 by Alexi Chacón

NYTW Spotlight: Hillary Luong

We caught our Production Manager Hillary Luong between putting on a digital season and prepping for our return to in-person theatre. Learn a little bit more about Hillary and their love of podcasts in our March staff spotlight!

March 15, 2021 by NYTW

All Of…25 Years of RENT

It’s the event everyone is talking about: 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE premieres on March 2 and streams through March 6. Listen to original cast members Daphne Rubin-Vega and Adam Pascal and NYTW artistic director, Jim Nicola, talk about the gala as well as the musical’s legacy.

March 1, 2021 by Alison Stewart for WNYC


Before 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE takes the virtual stage on March 2nd, director Andy Señor, Jr. chats with us about his connection to RENT and what is inspiring him right now.

February 15, 2021 by NYTW

Reflections of Native Voices 2021 Closing Ceremony

Safe Harbors presents the 2021 Reflections of Native Voices Festival Closing Reflections livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network. Join just a few of the many spectacular voices who shaped this festival in conversation and celebration.

February 7, 2021 by NYTW


NYTW Trustee and Artistic Instigator Rachel Chavkin recently met with fellow Artistic Instigator Modesto Flako Jimenez to discuss his work on Taxilandia and gentrification, the true cost of making theatre, and how to support artists in a new Federal Theatre Project.

February 4, 2021 by NYTW

NYTW Spotlight: Gaven Trinidad

A new year calls for a new Staff Spotlight! Meet Gaven Trinidad, NYTW’s Community Engagement Associate. Gaven was a workshop intern back in 2014, and we were thrilled when he joined us full time. See what inspires Gaven and what keeps them moving forward!

January 15, 2021 by NYTW


Before Doug Wright shares the Zoom room with some of our sharpest contemporary satirists in The Wright Stuff, we wanted to throw it back to another conversation he had early on in quarantine. Back in April 2020, Doug sat down with some fellow Usual Suspects, writer/director Lisa Peterson and scenic designer Rachel Hauck, for the first virtual Fireside Chat.

January 7, 2021 by NYTW