New York Theatre Workshop
Founded in 1979 by Stephen Graham, New York Theatre Workshop is one of the leading producing theatres of new work in the United States, 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 Peter Sellars. In 1992, 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 1992. 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. The most successful production is arguably Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent, developed intensely over two years before a premiere in January 1996. Rent transferred to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre and won 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.