The workshop, which produces seven mainstage productions annually, has presented over 85 such productions, the majority of them world premieres, and organized more than 600 readings and 100 workshop presentations. The workshop has an 188-seat auditorium and a rehearsal space.
Significant works include Jonathan Larson’s Rent, which after its Off-Broadway debut at NYTW in 1996 found its way to a Tony Award-winning, 12-year Broadway run; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; and the debut of writer/performer Alexander Thomas in his Throw Pitchfork. Other memorable recent works include Flesh and Blood by Peter Gaitens, based on a novel by Michael Cunningham; Oo-Bla-Dee by Regina Taylor and Cavedweller by Kate Ryan, and a video production of Susan Sontag’s Alice in Bed.
The workshop has enlarged the scope of its activities to include the work of international artists, including playwrights, directors and designers, and to focus on issues of nontraditional casting and the inclusion of diverse voices, representing all of the constituencies in NYTW’s theatrical community.
Programs for Seniors
NYTW offers Mind the Gap, an intergenerational writing workshop for elders (60+) and high school students twice a year. Admission to the program is by application.
The Learning Workshop offers classroom residencies, after-school workshops and student matinees for middle and high school students.