New York Theatre Workshop
Considered as one of the leading producing theatres of new work in the United States, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) was originally founded in 1979 by Stephen Graham. The company’s very first production was A Day in the Life of the Czar, written by Frank O’Hara and V.R. Lang and directed by a then-unknown Peter Sellars. It wasn’t until 1992 that NYTW moved into its current home in the East Village area of Manhattan, which houses its 199-seat capacity theatre. Its inaugural production at 79 East 4th Street was Leo Bassi’s C. Colombo Inc., which opened in October of that year. NYTW has produced a number of landmark shows over the years including new works from the likes of Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Tony Kushner and Doug Wright. However, its most successful production is arguably Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent, which was intensively developed at NYTW over the course of a two year period until it finally premiered there in January 1996. The musical then transferred to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre and went on to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for "Best Musical". In 2005, NYTW was granted the vacant building at 72 East 4th Street by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and after extensive renovations, the building officially opened in September 2011 and now functions as NYTW’s scenery, costume and production shop.