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.

Try This: Black Owned Businesses

Our question to the NYTW staff this month was in honor of February as Black History Month. We asked the staff: What are your favorite Black-owned businesses? 

February 1, 2024 by NYTW

Community Spotlight: Beth Prevor and Hands On

In this very special Community Spotlight interview, our Development Fellow Phoebe Moore sat down with Beth Prevor, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hands On, to talk about legacy, accessibility, and the future of inclusive theatre. Hands On is an organization that offers Sign Interpreted Performances in the not-for-profit theatrical arena along with information on Deafness and the arts across New York City and the country.

March 17, 2023 by Phoebe Moore, NYTW Development Fellow

Teens Ukraine Theatre and Lost and Found present “Are We There Yet”

New York Theatre Workshop is proud to host the world premiere of Are We There Yet, theatre told verbatim by Ukrainian teen refugees. Presented by Teens Ukraine Theater (TUT), Are We There Yet is a documentary theatre piece centered on children’s experience during the war, Russian invasion of Ukraine in New York City.

Listen to a conversation between Jerome Allen-Smith, Marketing Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Ukraine, and Anya Zicar, director of Are There Yet and Founder to Lost and Found Theatre.

March 13, 2023 by Jerome Allen-Smith, NYTW Marketing Fellow

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

Veteran Writers Explore their Voices Through Theatre

Poetic Theater Productions started their Veteran Voices programming in 2011 and since then, have created spaces, classes, showcases, and events for military veterans and their families to explore poetry and performance. In the winter of 2021, New York Theatre Workshop and Poetic Theater Productions teamed up to create their first playwriting program that would provide a cohort of military veterans the opportunity to write original plays and to collaborate with professional theater artists from our community. 

December 1, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad, NYTW Community Engagement Associate

Singing and Dancing on East 4th Street

In March 2020, NYTW and Poetic Theater Productions quickly transitioned the Open Mic Night series into the virtual space. From the very first virtual Open Mic Night, artists from across the globe were chiming in every month to share poetry, music, dance, theatre, and movement in response to themes that spoke to the political and cultural moment. With the reopening of public spaces after more than a year, NYTW and Poetic Theater Productions wanted to find a way to finally provide space for some of these artists to come together, meet, and perform live in-person. Why not perform outside on the streets of New York?

September 1, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad, Jeremy Karafin, and Frank Murdocco

A Poetic Partnership: Collaborating with Poetic Theater Productions

Since early 2019, New York Theatre Workshop has had the privilege to cultivate a deep relationship with Poetic Theater Productions. Together we’ve developed our community Open Mic Nights at our home on Fourth Street as well as in the virtual space during the ongoing pandemic. Our Open Mic Nights invite artists at all levels of their careers and from all over the world to share their work in community. Our joint community programs are just starting to grow with a new free playwriting program for veterans and their families! Let’s learn more about our amazing community partner.

May 10, 2021 by Gaven Trinidad - Community Engagement Associate

Community Spotlight: Fourth Arts Block

May is Lower East Side History Month, and Fourth Arts Block NYC (FABnyc) is activating its network of community-oriented arts institutions to celebrate the neighborhood and its rich history. FABnyc’s Managing Director Dakota Scott generously shared some history about FABnyc and the work they continue to do in our neighborhood.

We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know our friends at Fourth Arts Block NYC!

May 1, 2021 by NYTW