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.

In Conversation With: Aleshea Harris

Giving our productions a home means giving our artists a home. For ON SUGARLAND, a number of eclectic and innovative artists came together to breathe life into a script that seemed to already have two legs of its own. This conversation with Aleshea Harris, the playwright of ON SUGARLAND, takes a step back to explore the themes, ideas, and identities that colored this script and eventually the entire production.  

March 16, 2022 by Cedeem Gumbs, Marketing Fellow


ON SUGARLAND Study Guide

Want to get a glimpse of the work our Education team does with students all over the city? Check out the study guide for ON SUGARLAND. NYTW Study Guides are condensed educational packets about the artists and themes of our productions, perfect for students and teachers!

March 14, 2022 by NYTW Education


CIR SPOTLIGHT: JAG PRODUCTIONS

NYTW has been heading to New Hampshire in the summertime for a theatrical residency at Dartmouth College for quite some time. Right across the river from the Ivy League institution is the border with Vermont, which is the home of JAG Productions. Read on to see how we came together!

February 28, 2022 by John Soltes for HOLLYWOOD SOAPBOX


What is FOR THE CULTURE?

To expand meaningful audience engagement among artists, audiences, and staff, New York Theatre Workshop is introducing the “For the Culture Series.”  Through FTC, NYTW seeks to bridge the gap between the world we know and the world we are actively striving to build – where we harness the power of theatre to deepen human connections by learning and growing from the lived experiences of each other; connect through art, shared customs, traditions and heritage(s); and where we amplify artists and work by traditionally underrepresented groups or individuals, creating access to the Workshop for historically marginalized communities in order to build and sustain authentic relationships with our fellow community members and theatergoers.

February 7, 2022 by Gaven Trinidad, NYTW Community Engagement Associate


Harmonizing on Great Theatre

Working host Isaac Butler talks to playwright Aleshea Harris and director Whitney White, whose new play On Sugarland is currently in preview performances at the New York Theatre Workshop. In the interview, Aleshea and Whitney explain the crucial relationship between playwrights and directors and discuss the ways they work together, solve problems, and ultimately put on the best production possible.

February 6, 2022 by Isaac Bulter for SLATE


NYTW SPOTLIGHT: PSACOYA GUINN

Welcome back to another community spotlight! This week we’re spotlighting our fabulous Education Associate, Psacoya Guinn. Psacoya joined the team over the summer and has already established herself as a vital member of the NYTW community. Among many other things, she works in tandem with the rest of the Education team to help facilitate our education programs, including Mind the Gap and Youth Artistic Instigators. Check out her interview below!

January 28, 2022 by NYTW


NYTW Spotlight: Uno Servida & Leo Angulo

This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming back two former 2050 Administrative Fellows as full-time staff! As we brave the cold of winter, enjoy this throwback Community Spotlight featuring our Marketing Associate, Uno Servida and our Artistic Coordinator, Leo Angulo.

January 14, 2022 by NYTW


Community Spotlight: The Tow Foundation

Since 1988, The Tow Foundation has supported innovative thinkers at all stages of work and in all different fields. From their Justice Initiatives that focus on ending mass criminalization to their Strategic Initiatives in medicine, higher education, and culture, The Tow Foundation has made a significant impact with their generous support.

January 6, 2022 by Lee Ann Gullie - NYTW Director of Development


Teaching Artistry In The Hybrid-Era

One of the most exciting aspects of being an Administrative Fellow here at the Workshop is being able to witness all of the unique and diverse programming that goes on throughout the year. After shadowing the Youth Artistic Instigators program, it was not difficult to be blown away by the entire experience. Students were not only expected to engage with challenging and timely materials, but they were also expected to collaborate with each other in a space that gave them complete freedom to create bold activist theatre. It was then, after my short time shadowing the program, that I reached out to the fantastic teaching artists who facilitate the program sessions to ask them how were they intentionally approaching teaching artistry in this hybrid era.

December 13, 2021 by Cedeem Gumbs, Marketing Fellow


CASEBOOK returns for “On Sugarland”

“I took Casebook because I wanted to understand how the New York Theatre Workshop created it’s magic,” said Noel Kiernan, a participant in the 2016 program.

Casebook, a course that launched in the spring of 2012, allows audiences unprecedented access to the artists involved in the creation of a new work from rehearsal to production. Each year, New York Theatre Workshop designates one of its productions as a “case study” and hosts a class designed to provide theatre lovers of all experience levels with a true insider’s view of the life of a theatre artist, and the process of realizing a full professional production.

December 6, 2021 by Nia Smith, Education & Engagement Fellow