Manhattan Theatre Club is committed to bringing theater to the widest possible audience. MTC has produced six Pulitzer Prize-winning plays—including four of the last eight awarded: David Auburn’s Proof (2001), John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (2005), David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (2007), and Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (2009).
Manhattan Theatre Club has grown in three decades from a prolific Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the country’s most acclaimed theater organizations. Its first home consisted of three floors in a former residential building on East 73rd Street. In 1984 it moved to the lower level of City Center, where it opened what is now the 299-seat Stage I and, later, the more intimate venue known as Stage II (150 seats). The acquisition of the 650-seat Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street, designed by architect Irwin Chanin, has given MTC a venue on Broadway.
Enjoy an all-day theatrical experience in the Family Matinee Series (one child per adult). This program, offered several times a year, begins with a continental breakfast, followed by a morning theater workshop and an afternoon performance of an MTC production. The day ends with a discussion with the play's cast. Led by experienced theater professionals, the workshops require absolutely no prior theater training or experience.
In the Core Program, students participate in a series of eight workshops led by MTC teaching artists and classroom teachers, attend a Student Matinee performance and take part in a post-show discussion with the cast and/or playwright.
Project InterAct brings together students from geographically and demographically disparate high schools to study and attend a play.
Write on the Edge (WrOTE) is a playwriting residency program targeting at-risk and incarcerated youths. Working with a team of professional actors and directors, these youths study an MTC play and write short plays inspired by its themes.
Write Now! is MTC’s after-school playwriting mentoring program, which gives approximately 15 New York City high school students each year the opportunity to hone their dramatic writing skills. At the end of the program, the students work with professional actors and directors to create staged readings of their plays, which are performed at MTC’s Creative Center.