Playwrights Horizons is a not-for-profit Off-Broadway theater located in New York City dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers, and lyricists, and to the production of their new work.Before you head to New York City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New York City trip planner, to make sure you see all that New York City has to offer, including Playwrights Horizons.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, musical theater workshops, Studio and Mainstage productions.
Playwrights Horizons was founded in 1971 at the Clark Center Y by Robert Moss, before moving to 42nd Street in 1977 where it was one of the original theatres that started Theater Row by converting adult entertainment venues into off Broadway theatres. The current building was built on the site of a former burlesque.
André Bishop served as Artistic Director from 1981 to 1991, followed by Don Scardino who served through 1995.
Playwrights Horizons' auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the off-Broadway performing arts community.
In its 43 years, Playwrights Horizons has worked with over 375 writers and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2005, it was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Playwrights Horizons Reviews
Saw this play on March 8th, 2020. LOVED it. There was something so interesting about the set, the actors, the flow. A story that was easy to listen to but also offered some twists and turns. The... more »
Love this theater! Small venue where every seat is a good one! Have been a subscriber for decades and am very happy with the variety of the plays that are offered every season. more »
Great Theater- just saw "If Pretty Hurts, Ugly must be a Mutherf*&#er! It was HILARIOUS!!!
Excellent! Clean, modern very nice
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