New York Theatre Barn is an anti-racist non-profit theatre company that serves as a home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation. The company has been dedicated to incubating new musicals in front of live audiences since 2007. New York Theatre Barn also values musical theatre as one of the world’s supreme healing tools, and creates space for artists to dream about how beautiful and extraordinary the world can be.



Our three innovative core programming platforms allow us to incubate new musicals in front of a live audience.


New Works Series presents pre-premieres of new musicals in the early stages of development in front of a live and virtual audience.

The Choreography Lab is the only curated choreography platform where choreographers and writers collaborate to develop movement for new musicals during incubation.


We create unique Residencies mainly for new musicals that have been featured in our New Works Series and Choreography Lab. These shows are chosen for further exploration and development which have included readings, table readings, workshops, writers work sessions, and developmental productions.


The company has been instrumental in the development of Sam's Room (inspired by real stories of non verbal teens who find a way to communicate, developmental production), Eastbound (performed in English and Mandarin), The Belle of Tombstone (about the Jewish wife of Wyatt Earp and the women of the American West, produced Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres as I Married Wyatt Earp with Prospect Theater Company, and at the Museum of Jewish Heritage), Ordinary Days (Adam's Gown's musical that was subsequently produced by Roundabout Theatre Company), Supersoldier (by Hair co-creator Jim Rado, in collaboration with Fundamental Theater Project), Stephen Dolginoff’s Monster Makers, Timothy Huang’s Costs of Living, the Drama Desk Award-winning SeaWife (The Lobbyists), and Theatre Barn's original commission Small Town Story (explores how two families in a North Texas town deal with a community controversy over a high school production of Rent).



Love and Yogurt, written by Aaron Morrill, will have a developmental production this fall in collaboration with Out of the Box Theatrics at TheaterLab.


The Helena Project, written by Debra Barsha and Sheilah Rae, tells the untold true story about a 94-year old Holocaust survivor who was saved by dance. The show is the recipient of a NAMT Writers Residency grant.

A Complicated Woman: The John Kenley Show is directed by Jeff Calhoun and written by Jonathan Brielle and Ianne Fields Stewart. John Kenley was an American theatrical producer who pioneered the use of television stars in summer stock productions. In 1950, Kenley was the first producer to desegregate live theater in Washington, DC. Kenley is credited with introducing professional live theatre to the Midwest, laying the groundwork for national tours of Broadway productions. Kenley was transgender and intersex.

Ryan White, written by Joe Barros and Ryan Haase, is a new musical about the teenage hemophiliac who became the poster child for AIDS in the 1980's. Performed by an all-teenage cast, Ryan White is being developed in partnership with Broadway For All.



Theatre Barn is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York.


Joe Barros  Artistic Director

Jen Sandler  Associate Artistic Director

Kate Trammell  Managing Director

Julia Osen Averill  Digital Marketing Manager

Avital Asuleen  Choreography Lab Director

Héctor​ Flores Jr.  Video Editor & President of Theatre Barn Records

Sam Strum  Line Producer

Pauls Macs  Artistic Associate 

Victoria Crowser  Choreography Lab Associate Producer

Eisenberg/Beans Casting  Resident Casting Director

Michael Bonasio  Resident Photographer


Blair Russell & Matt Schicker  Co-Presidents

Sheilah Rae  President Emeritus

Adam Rei Siegel  Vice President

Laurie Toscano  Secretary

John Borst  Treasurer

Joe Barros

Anne Safran Dalin

Jim Kierstead

Jiles King

Robin Gorman Newman

Matt Redmond

Adina Schecter

Karreem Washington

Matthew A. Woolf


Joshua Bergasse Director/Choreographer                    

Jeff Calhoun  Director/Choreographer                             

Victoria Cairl  Theatre Marketing Strategist

Graciela Daniele  Director/Choreographer

Ken Davenport  Producer/Writer

Van Dean  Producer/President, Broadway Records

Tralen Doler  Vice President, Broadway on Demand

Stephen Dolginoff  Playwright     

Christopher Gattelli  Director/Choreographer     

Rob Hartmann  Producer/Writer   

JoAnn M. Hunter  Director/Choreographer     

Mike Karns  Producer/CEO, Marathon Digital   

Lorin Latarro  Director/Choreographer     

Lainie Sakakura  Choreographer     

Luis Salgado  Director/Choreographer     

Alex Sanchez  Director/Choreographer     

Mark Sendroff  Theatrical Entertainment Lawyer     

Keith Sherman  Public Relations Strategist

Sergio Trujillo  Director/Choreographer     
Elizabeth Williams  Producer