Casebook 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.

Sessions include:

  • In-depth discussion and exploration of the process of making a theatre piece
  • Conversations with the playwright, director, actors, and production staff responsible for bringing each unique Casebook production to life
  • Opportunities to observe a rehearsal in progress, engage with the collaborators, and tour the stage to see the inner workings of the set up close
  • Attendance at two performances at different points in the process to compare the evolution of the piece and celebrate with the collaborators


This sweeping new work from Obie Award-winning playwright  Aleshea Harris (Is God Is, What to Send Up When It Goes Down) is at once a spectacular pageant and spirited meditation on remarkable people transcending difficult circumstances. On Sugarland  brings joyous life to communal healing with a glorious ensemble of 14 performers in a production directed by Obie Award winner, NYTW Usual Suspect & former 2050 Fellow Whitney White (What to Send Up When It Goes Down). Learn more about On Sugarland here!

Class Schedule & Session Topics:

January 4–February 22, 2022 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays 6–8 PM EST
*Denotes online classes via Zoom
**Denotes in-person observations & performances

January 4: Introduction to NYTW & On Sugarland*
January 11: Writing & Direction with Aleshea Harris & Whitney White*
January 18: Design & Stage Management*
January 24: Tech Observation Week**
February 1: Dress Rehearsal**
February 8: A conversation with Jim Nicola & Jeremy Blocker*
February 15: Preview & Cast Talkback**
February 22: Wrap-Up Session*

Class size is limited. This year, the class will be offered online via Zoom and in-person. Please note that in-person classes cannot be recorded or livestreamed. Participants must be available for both the online and in-person sessions of the class.

In-person observations and performances will take place at our theatre located at 79 E. 4th Street. Class schedule and topics are subject to change. All sales are final.

Tuition & Registration

Registration IS CLOSED

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$400  for Non-Members
$350 for Members and SmartPass Holders
$300 for Premiere Members and Repeat Defenders


Thanks to our generous supporters, this year we’re able to provide access without cost to 15 BIPOC participants who identify as students, artists, and/or theatre lovers of diverse backgrounds. Have questions? Contact Gaven Trinidad at

Apply here by December 10, 2021 at 5PM EST

COVID Protocols

As we return to the theatre, our number one priority is the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff. In compliance with New York City guidelines, all Casebook participants will be required to show a photo ID and proof of vaccination at in-person classes. Masks are required at all times inside the building and theatre. Get up-to-date information about our COVID policies & reopening plan.

Praise for CASEBOOK:

  • “I could have stayed all night – completely engrossing.”
  • “Hearing about the process in a very personal way made this more than informative – [you get] the sense of a director as an artist.”
  • “It gave me a whole new appreciation of the workings of an off-Broadway theatre. I loved all of it.”
  • “This class was much more up-close-and-personal than I was expecting, which was wonderful.”

Past CASEBOOK Sessions:

  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Sing Street (Fall 2019)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Hurricane Diane (Spring 2019)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Hundred Days (Fall 2017)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (Spring 2017)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Hadestown (Spring 2016)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of The Invisible Hand (Fall 2014)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Love and Information (Spring 2014)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Sontag: Reborn (Spring 2013)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Food and Fadwa (Spring 2012)

To receive Casebook updates and for all other inquiries, please email If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about whether this class is right for you, please call NYTW’s Education Department at 646-957-9575.