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Theatre East Is Founded

A group of folks gathered in a small studio with a few bottles of wine and some cake. They posed the following question:  Can we build a theatre company whose commitment to community, whose commitment to operating in a transparent and inclusive manner, whose commitment to the incredible power theatre possesses,..Read more

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Main Stage Production

The New York Premiere of Eye of God by Tim Blake Nelson opens at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row. The show tackles the issue of reproductive rights in the deep South and examines the folly of blind faith. Critics call it a, “successful dangerous play“. Stage and Cinema Magazine reports, “Judson Jones..Read more

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Community Engagement

ART/NY honors Hugh O’Lunney at the Annual Curtain Call with the DeWitt Stern Local Hero Award. Theatre East nominated Mr. O’Lunney for his generosity in hosting the Neighborhood Reading Series at O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub through the years. The award is presented by New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

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Neighborhood Reading Series

The Neighborhood Reading Series is founded at O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub to provide a platform for discussion and community. Since the readings are free and open to the public, it also aids us in the dedication to the ideal that theatre is not a luxury but should be accessible to everyone, no matter one’s..Read more

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Educational Programming

New Rites Collective, an educational residency program is founded. Its focus is for youth to gain exposure to visual and performing arts through an innovative blueprint for social and cultural change. The inaugural program is held at Innovation Diploma Plus High School in Manhattan. The program culminates in Voices of Conflict, a collection of short..Read more

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Educational Programming

New 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 written by students and performed by the students along with professional actors.

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Main Stage Production

The World Premiere of Normalcy by Bennett Windheim opens at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons. The show takes a brutally honest look at transracial adoption, from the point of view of white prospective parents, their circle of family members, social workers, and transracially adopted adults. NY Theatre Magazine wrote, “Honest conversations about..Read more

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Laurette Taylor Award

The Theatre East Laurette Taylor Award is founded to pay tribute to the exceptional artistic contributions of Laurette Taylor, and to honor those industry members who have made vital contributions, on stage or off. The inaugural award honors Tom Oppenheim and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and is presented by  Tovah Feldshuh.

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Main Stage Production

The New York Premiere of The Soldier Dreams by Daniel MacIvor opens at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. The production discusses marriage equality through the lens of hospice care. Critics hail it as, “an honest and touching drama that in a mere 80 minutes reminds us how distinctive each life is..Read more

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Community Engagement

Theatre East participates in the MS Walk for a Cure. It is not enough to raise social awareness on stage: we actively seek to do so off stage as well, thereby effecting change in our community and surroundings. With this goal in mind, Theatre East teams up with various non-producing organizations, volunteering..Read more