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.
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.”
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.
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!
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
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.
“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