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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Performing Arts Schools, Theater

Mission: Playwrights Horizons is the only New York Off-Broadway theater of its size and stature that produces new plays and musicals exclusively by American writers.  Playwrights Horizons believes that writers are the future of the theater and that there is a great importance in nurturing, in particular, American voices.  The 39 year-old company has helped to launch the careers of hundreds of writers, served thousands of theater artists and audiences, made a significant contribution to the American theater repertory, and established a nationwide reputation as a leading advocate for new plays and musicals.

Programs: Production and play development:this program consists of production and presentation of new works by american playwrights, composers and lyricists including productions, workshops and readings. There were 6 full theatrical productions, 21 readings and 8 musical theater readings.

theater school:operated in association with new york university's tisch school of the arts, this undergraduate program offers training in playwriting, directing, acting, voice and theater management. The theater school had 184 students in the year ending june, 2014.

ticket central:a low cost box office serving primarily not for profit performing groups. Ticket central served 86 groups that produced 123 shows with attendance of 277,782. Ticket central provides a service both to the theatrical producing community and audience by providing a central hub to which audience members can come to learn about productions throughout new york city.

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Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My first visit to Playwrights Horizons was more than a decade ago and my only regret is that living in San Francisco I just don't get to see their productions as often as I'd like. Whether in previews or well into a production run, the performances I've seen at Playwrights are consistently among my best theater experiences in New York. It's almost a reason to move from California. Almost. :)

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I love PH as I can see my money literally in action! Their productions are always interesting and entertaining. Since their mission is to develop new works, I know I'll be seeing something I've never seen before. As icing on the cake, they treat their patrons like royalty.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Secretary to a Playwrights Horizons Trustee and Playwrights Horizons subscription-holder for at least 12 years. Where do I start? Certainly, I wouldn’t miss a production – fascinating variety of plays, beautifully staged, top-notch acting and direction, two gorgeous theaters in a terrific new building. I am always confident in bringing a guest to what is sure to be a stimulating (and highly-regarded) evening at the theater. The excellence of PH season after season is not surprising as it is run by an amazing group of people, sincerely dedicated to nurturing talented playwrights and bringing important new works to a discerning audience. My interactions are most often with the good folks in Development. A lively, creative, helpful and gracious group! They go out of their way to make sure their donors and supporters (and Trustees’ secretaries!) know just how much they are valued and appreciated.

4

Former staff

Rating: 5

I feel lucky to have worked at Playwrights Horizons. Everyone on staff feels pride for and loyalty to the organization and its mission. As a result, the energy of the working environment is positive and warm. Playwrights is also exceptionally well-managed. Now, I see the work (the productions) from the other side, as an audience member and donor, and I am continually impressed not only by their quality, from writing to set design, but also by how fully each production embodies the organization's mission.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was first introducted to Playwrights Horizons in November when I attended the fundraiser, Stories on 5 Stories: The Elephant in the Room. I was blown away by the event! From a creative perspective, it was imaginative, innovative and exciting, and it was incredibly well planned and executed. I loved the theater and have made it a point to see two productions since: Circle Mirror Transformation in January and Clybourne Park just last weekend. Again I was impressed with the quality of the shows from the writing to casting to acting to costumes to the sets. I am a huge supporter of Playwrights Horizons and look forward to continuing my patronage.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best in its kind! The material is so complex and entertaining! The staff is dedicated and professional and fun. I love this place.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

produce first rate performances. dedication to providing a forum for theatre talent and entertaining the theatre-going public with smart, challenging productions.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the spouse of a staff member, I might be accused of being biased towards Playwrights, but as anyone who knows me will say, I'm almost brutally forthright and honest. That said, I've seen most of the shows produced at PH for the last 6 years. While not every show was fantastic, every production shows the immense amount of time and energy the staff devotes to fulfilling the mission of the theatre. In pursuit of that mission, PH takes risks, fosters emerging talent, and provides amazing opportunities for staff, cast and crew alike. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to partake in the adventure of new theatre and to be part of Playwrights' family.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

The 2009/2010 season at Playwrights Horizons has been thought-provoking and entertaining. It's always a wonderful theatre experience. The staff is first-rate, and the performances are engaging.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PH's plays are interesting, topical & thought provoking & I've had a subscription for years. recently I started working as a volunteer for its Gala & silent auction and gotten access to its hard-working, top-notch and dedicated fundraising staff as well as to some of its operating execs. It's been a great experience.