Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Playwrights Horizons, Inc.

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

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.

440 studios

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been lucky enough to experience Playwrights Horizons from many sides: audition reader, understudy, spouse of a staff member, faithful audience member and proud patron. The organization is a close knit family and pride and passion pervade everything they do. Where some organizations chase trends and lose sight of themselves, PH has always stayed true to its mission and identity, producing new works, fostering new voices and enriching both NYC and the theater community at large.

9

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident. There are many programs designed for directors on the cusp of receiving a show of their own, or those who just need funds for a proposed project, but few make such a long-term investment in the growth of a fledgling director. Playwrights Horizons is a truly unique and special place and I am proud to be a member of the PH family!

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked at Playwrights Horizons in the summer of 2008 as a Resident in the Literary Department, and my experience there was nothing short of fantastic. Not only is the organization and its staff committed to producing outstanding new work, but it is truly invested in the cultivation of emerging theatre artists. The Playwrights Horizons Theatrical Residency provided the cornerstone for my professional life in the theatre, and for that I will always be grateful. If anything, I hope this specific program continues to grow and expand so that individuals unable to support themselves on the daily stipend offered might one day enjoy the fantastic opportunity to work at such a remarkable institution.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been to two shows at Playwrights Horizons, "This" and "Clybourne Park". Both were fantastic, and I thought did an excellent job of capturing an aspect of American life. ("This" was about the issues facing 30 somethings "yuppies". "Clybourne Park" was about race relations in urban areas.) I got free tickets to "This", and my wife and I kind of went on a whim. The show was so great that we started looking for another opportunity to go back, and "Clybourne Park" did not disappoint.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Clybourne Park was a moving play and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it's wonderful what Playwrights Horizons is doing to help the artists that create these productions. And the 30 and under party afterwards was a lot of fun. I had such a great time that when I turn 31 I'm getting a fake ID just so I can get in.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many shows at Playwrights over the years and continue to be impressed with the high quality of work they produce. What an important organization for showcasing the strongest and most interesting new plays!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Playwrights Horizons is the gold standard for playwrights developing new work. I've never felt more supported and challenged. It's one of the few places left that truly supports and nurtures new work, instead of just railroading new work into satisfying its own needs. When I see a play there I know it's going to be a worthwhile experience and leave me inspired.

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

The staff and artists at Playwrights Horizons are spectacular. They are so warm, smart, positive, caring, and generous. Their kindness shapes the experience of all who enter their "family" - as an employee, audience member or artist. It's evident in all the work they do, from the theater they produce to the events they host, that they are the real deal! I feel so lucky to have started my New York career at this amazing theater!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Playwrights Horizons is a truly exceptional off Broadway theater at a time when off Broadway is in danger of falling off the map. Their work is consistently intellectually challenging, wildly entertaining, and beautifully produced. The best actors in New York are routinely seen on their stages, and their commitment to the new play--which is essential to a vital theater in America--is unparalleled. Tim Sanford is an excellent artistic director, nurturing all writers at all different stages of their career. Go see their plays! They are really great!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In addition to always having strong performances, the material they choose is enlightening, progressive, and unique. They are among the top 3 theatre companies I look at when choosing a performance to attend.