Theatre for a New Audience
Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience is a modern classical theatre that produces Shakespeare alongside other major authors in a dialogue that spans centuries. Its mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama. The Theatre mounts three to five productions each year. Over the last 35 seasons, it has produced nearly 70 classic and distinguished contemporary masterworks, including more than 30 by Shakespeare and 25 by leading contemporary artists. Its acclaimed productions have received numerous nominations and awards, including the Drama Desk, Obie, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and the Tony. The Theatre develops and cultivates audiences through extensive outreach initiatives, including our growing Humanities programs and longstanding arts in education residencies. It offers over a dozen free Humanities events per year, including talkbacks, lectures, and panels, which serve more than 1,000 people and link our work to current issues. Since 1984, its arts in education residencies have introduced more than 127,000 New York City Public School students in grades 4-12 to Shakespeare and classic drama. Since 2005, the company has participated in the Drama Studio of the New York City Department of Education Summer Arts Institute.