New York Theatre Workshop’s Core Values are to inspire deeper understanding, welcome learning and growth, to celebrate community, and to live its values.

Through our For The Culture Series (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.


The Center for Anti-Violence Education: Empowerment Self-Defense Workshops
This 90-minute class is open to all experience levels and will offer an introduction to physical self-defense by building a foundation of de-escalation tactics and situational awareness. You’ll walk away with verbal, emotional and social techniques and physical skills to apply to a range of interpersonal situations plus self-care practices for healing. We’ll review simple physical elements to increase muscle memory in the instance of a physical confrontation, which include blocks, strikes and footwork. Sessions are accessible for any age and ability and facilitated through a trauma-informed lens that centers the experiences of those most at risk for violence. Workshops will take place in NYTW’s Administrative building (83 East 4th Street) which is not wheelchair accessible.

College Night with Pre-Show Event – Sunday, February 26 @ 5:30pm
Mix and mingle over tasty snacks with fellow college students, artists and NYTW community partners for How to Defend Yourself. Fashioned after our popular Networking Night events, you’ll hear from community partners about opportunities to get involved with their organization to continue to shape the future of sex-positive and consent education. Afterwards, the group will attend a performance of How to Defend Yourself. Come for the networking, stay for the show! Register for the event and receive an exclusive discount code for that evening’s performance of How to Defend Yourself.

AfterWords Post-Show Panel – Wednesday, March 1 @ 7pm
with members of the How to Defend Yourself creative team

College Affinity Night with Post-Show Panel – Thursday, March 2 @ 7pm
Join our community partners and fellow college students for a performance and curated post-show conversation. The panel will include speakers from Crime Victims Treatment Center, Speak About It and Center for Anti-Violence Education.

Latinx Playwrights Circle Affinity Night – Tuesday, March 7 @ 5:30pm
Mix and mingle pre-show over tasty snacks with members of the Latinx Playwrights Circle! Fashioned after our popular Networking Night events, come casually network and meet folks from LPC. Afterwards, join the community and attend a performance of How to Defend Yourself. Register for the event and receive an exclusive discount code for the evening performance.

AfterWords Post-Show Panel – Wednesday, March 8 @ 7pm
with co-directors Rachel Chavkin, Liliana Padilla and Steph Paul.

Breaking the Binary Theatre Affinity Night – Thursday, March 9 @ 7pm
Join our community partner Breaking the Binary Theatre to attend a performance and celebrate BTB artist Liliana Padilla’s play How to Defend Yourself. After the show, youre invited to a panel discussion featuring How to Defend Yourself playwright & co-director Liliana Padilla along with BTB artists to discuss the themes of the play and its relevance to LGBTQIA communities.

AfterWords Post-Show Panel – Saturday, March 18 @ 2pm
Join the NYTW community for a special AfterWords panel discussion between How to Defend Yourself playwright & co-director Liliana Padilla and What the Constitution Means to Me playwright & performer Heidi Schreck. Moderated by NYTW Literary Director & Dramaturg Aaron Malkin, the two artists will discuss artistic processes, the themes of the play and its relevance to the political and cultural now.

ShopTalk Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, March 22 @ 7pm

ShopTalk Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, March 29 @ 7pm


If you’re interested in becoming a partner on a future For the Culture event, reach out to Gaven Trinidad, Community Engagement Associate, at