Our mission is to reinvigorate and create audiences for the theater by presenting free productions of popular classics and forgotten masterpieces that pop up in non-traditional public spaces throughout New York City.
Over 16 years, we have presented more than 550 free performances for over 165,000 New Yorkers. We produce both outdoors in Central Park, Prospect Park, The Battery (Battery Park), Governors Island, Battery Park City and Brooklyn Bridge Park and indoors in Brookfield Place, One Liberty Plaza—and more.
By removing plays from traditional performing venues and adapting them for public spaces, we reach a broad demographic of our urban community. We have emerged as an invaluable addition to New York City's theatrical landscape and important artistic and educational resource to our community.
New York Classical Theatre also plays an important role in revitalizing neighborhoods through our productions. In 2006, we presented Schiller's Mary Stuart, in Castle Clinton, the first play to be performed there in 100 years, and our production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (2013) re-opened Castle Clinton after the flooding of Hurricane Sandy.
To date, we have staged 35 free productions by classical playwrights including William Shakespeare, Moliere, Anton Chekhov, Aphra Behn, George Bernard Shaw, George Farquhar, Friedrich Schiller, Pierre de Marivaux, and Alfred Jarry.
New York Classical has received much critical acclaim in the media. The New York Times called us "a movable feast! All the park's a stage!" And The Village Voice remarked that "Going to a performance of New York Classical Theatre should be on everyone's annual to-do list." WABC Eyewitness News, Fox 5 News, WNBC, CW11 Morning News, NY1 News and Good Day New York (Channel 5) have run wonderful features on our productions. We have also been seen in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out-New York, The Village Voice, New York Daily News, The New York Observer, The New York Sun, New York Post, New York Family Magazine and many more.
For information on our budget and demographics, click here.
For a list of our generous supporters, click here.