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.
Get ready to take the court in THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL 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.
The NYTW community was so excited to welcome Jeremy Reff to our stellar Board of Trustees just a few months ago. As part of our July Trustee Takeover, we are so pumped to welcome him in this way and spotlight this thoughtful introduction as one of the newest faces on the Board!
July 20, 2023 by Phoebe Moore, NYTW Development Fellow
We can’t wait to start the 05FEST this weekend! Award-winning poet and playwright of The Half-God of RainfallInua Ellams showcases the power of words as he curates and hosts a series of creative and thought-provoking events. This FREE festival will bring poetry center stage! Tickets to the 05FEST are free, and we look forward to welcoming some special guests to join Inua in this exploration of poetry and art!
LeBron James and Steph Curry face off in the NBA Western Conference semifinals this year, both in perhaps the twilight of their career. Read about the cultural impact of these two superstars, including Steph’s influence on The Half-God of Rainfall.
The gods have arrived and the rain has begun to fall! We were so pumped to welcome the cast and creative team for The Half-God of Rainfall onto East 4th Street this week. This epic piece (Trust us, we’ve seen the design presentation) begins July 13!
Please join us in welcoming the new 2023/24 Artistic Fellows: Emily Abrams, Andrea Ambam, Raz Golden, Celeste Jennings, Ying Ying Li and Nicholas Polonio. NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Artistic Fellow Miranda Haymon will return as advisor to the 2023/24 Fellows, working directly with each fellow to build their individual fellowship experience as well as with the cohort and Artistic Staff to create community.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the extraordinary multi-hyphenate Ebony Noelle Golden and her Jupiter Performance Studio into our community as our newest Company-in-Residence. Ebony is a nationally recognized artist and organizer whose expansive practice includes soulful rituals, immersive experiences in the natural world, and rigorous investigations of the intersections between scholarship and activism. Her spirit of collaboration and clarity of purpose rooted in strategies of social justice are inspiring. Her work is both intimate and expansive, vivid and visceral, modern with a sharp eye on how the past influences every inch of our present. We look forward to supporting her visioning and creation during her residency.” –Artistic Director Patricia McGregor
In this beautiful month of May, we are delighted to shine a spotlight on a member of the NYTW Staff who has rejoined us this spring after an amazing run on Broadway! So without further ado, reintroducing to some and presenting to others, our phenomenal Marketing and Audience Services Manager, Brennie Tellu!
May 24, 2023 by Phoebe Moore, NYTW Development Fellow
“When I dreamed of what this job would be, I visioned being able to say yes to audacious and impactful artists like Hansol Jung, Nathan Alan Davis, Mona Pirnot and Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project company. I’m exhilarated by the range of their work that’s simultaneously intimate and epic, rigorous and filled with love. I am humbled to make my first invitations and provocations to our community alongside these singular artists.” –Patricia McGregor
We are thrilled to share that Aleshea Harris has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for On Sugarland, which had it’s world premiere at NYTW in February 2022. The jury described the play as “an ambitious drama, inspired by Sophocles, of a community shaped by the trauma of a nameless war they have been dealing with for generations, and the ancestors they mourn, a solemn but also joyful work.”