COMPANY HISTORY

After producing such hits as the premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey (NY Times Critic’s Pick) and the premiere of Texas playwright David W. Crawford’s Harvest (Back Stage Critic’s Pick, Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008) and earning a spot as “producers to watch in 2008” on PBS’s Theater Talk; with over a decade of producing both here in New York and Texas, the husband-and-wife producing partners, Judson Jones and Christa Kimlicko Jones, along with Joseph Mitchel Parks, founded Theatre East in 2008.

  • 2008

    Theatre East is founded

    day-1The organization is incorporated
    Board of Directors assembled
    501 (c)3 aquired

  • 2009-2010

    LAURETTE TAYLOR AWARD

    tomis founded and honors Tom Oppenheim and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting
    presented by  Tovah Feldshuh 

  • MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    eogThe New York Premiere of
    Eye of God
    by Tim Blake Nelson
    The Kirk Theatre Theatre Row

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    new-rites-1New Rites Collective, an educational residency program is founded and held at Innovation Diploma Plus High School in Manhattan The program culminates in Voices of Conflict

  • 2010-2011

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    tsdNew York Premiere
    of The Soldier Dreams
    by Daniel MacIvor
    The Lion Theatre Theatre Row

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    new-rites-2New Rites Collective holds its second installment at Innovation Diploma Plus High School on the Louis D. Brandeis Education Campus The program culminates in In These Halls

  • NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-1The series is founded at
    O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub
    to bring theatre to the public
    Readings include
    Lone Star
    Laundry & Bourbon
    The Weir

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    ms-walk-1Theatre East participates in the
    MS Walk for a Cure

  • 2011-2012

    NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-2presents
    The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook
    A Name for a Ghost to Mutter
    Crimes of the Heart
    Right You Are
         featuring Dominic Chianese
    Moonlight Serenade

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    heroART NY honors Theatre East
    Local Hero Hugh O’Lunney

  • 2012-2013

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    normalcyWorld Premiere of
    Normalcy
    by Bennett Windheim
    Peter Jay Sharp Theatre Playwrights Horizons

  • MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    jungleWorld Premiere of
    The Jungle Book
    by Megan O’Brien
    Peter Jay Sharp Theatre Playwrights Horizons

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    stockings-3Theatre East goes on a spree
    for families in NYC shelters
    with Stockings With Care

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    new-rites-3New Rites Collective
    holds its third installment on the
    Louis D. Brandeis Education Campus
    The program culminates in Facets

  • NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-3The series presents
    A Piece of My Heart
    Property
    Julius Caesar
    Muses
    Prodigal
    Lilies

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    ms-walk-2Theatre East participates in the
    MS Walk for a Cure

  • 2013-2014

    PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

    datd-workWeek long workshop of brand
    new musical, Devil and the Deep,
    is held at Abingdon Theatre

  • LAURETTE TAYLOR AWARD

    lt-2The 2014 Award honors Dominic Chianese
    presented by  David Chase

  • NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-4The series presents
    Empty Room
    Hit!
    Friday the 13th
    Home Land
    The Grass Harp
    Eleemosynary
    Holy Ghosts
    Petie

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    stockings-2Theatre East goes on a spree
    for families in NYC shelters
    with Stockings With Care
    for the second year in a row

  • 2014-2015

    LAURETTE TAYLOR AWARD

    lt-3The 2014 Award
    honors Elizabeth Parish
    Presented by Kate Mulgrew
    Personal tributes from Meryl Streep and Tom Oppenheim

  • MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    datdWorld Premiere of
    Devil and the Deep
    Music & Lyrics by Graham Russell of Air Supply
    and Katie McGhie
    Mint Theatre

  • NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-5The series presents
    Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
    A Christmas Carol

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    beatufityTheatre East helps beautify
    Sunnyside Queens at the
    Make Your Mark event

  • 2015-2016

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

    5x5The 5X5 Drama Series is founded
    and takes 5 short plays, with 5 casts,
    into the 5 boroughs of NYC

  • NEIGHBORHOOD READING SERIES

    reading-6The series presents
    The Gravediggers
    Intimate Strangers
    Friday the 13th Part II
    My Bloody Valentine
    A Beautiful View
    In On It

  • THEATRE EAST BOOT STOMP

    bootstompThe dance is held for the first time
    Honorary Chair Tim Blake Nelson
    Line dancing, live music, BBQ
    Sponsored by 
    Hill Country BBQ
    Bronx Brewery
    Tanteo Tequila