Gene Feist and Elizabeth Owens founded Roundabout Theatre Company in 1965. With the support of the Steinbergs’ Charitable Trust, the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened to the public in March 2004. The theatre is Roundabout's Off-Broadway home. The inaugural production at the venue was Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, starring Viola Davis.
The complex’s main stage is the Laura Pels Theatre, named after the Roundabout board member who previously funded the company’s first Off-Broadway home at the Criterion Center. The space originally contained 350 seats. During renovation, a 74-seat mezzanine was added to accommodate more of the company’s subscribers.
The theatre is widely used to produce premieres and revivals by established artists. In 2005, Roundabout completed work on the 62-seat Black Box Theatre in the lowest level of the complex. Besides being used as a rehearsal space and for educational programmes, it is also home to the Roundabout Underground initiative, which produces new works by emerging playwrights.
Roundabout Theatre Company also owns and operates three Broadway theatres: the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54, and the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, though it also rents these spaces out to non-Roundabout productions.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is closest to the 47-50th Sts. - Rockefeller Center subway stop on the B, D, F, and M lines. The closest bus stops are the 6 Av./W 45 St. stops on the M5, M7, QM1, QM5, and QM6 lines.
Popular restaurants near Roundabout's Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre include Havana Central (Cuban), Connolly's (Irish pub), Butter (American), Junior's (American), and Kellari Taverna (Mediterranean). The Red Flame diner is also nearby for more casual classic diner fare.