New York Theatre Barn is a non-profit theatre company that serves as a home for new culture shifting musicals during incubation. We have been incubating original musicals that tell untold stories since 2007. Our untold stories challenge audiences through provocative, innovative, and diverse storytelling. We explore all aspects of storytelling in front of live audiences to discover what will enable a show to become a transformative theatre experience before it is fully produced.
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.
PRODUCTIONS + PROJECTS
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), The Boy Who Danced On Air (about the dancing boys of Afghanistan), 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.
Jen Sandler Associate Artistic Director
Denise Wyse Managing Director
Julia Osen Averill Digital Marketing Manager
Avital Asuleen The Choreography Lab/Curator
Victoria Crowser Lab Associate Producer
Sam Strum Line Producer, New Works Series
Eisenberg/Beans Casting Resident Casting Director
Michael Bonasio Resident Photographer
Héctor Flores Jr. Video Editor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rob Wyse & Sheilah Rae Co-Presidents
Anne Safran Dalin Vice President
Adina Schecter Secretary
John Borst Treasurer
Robin Gorman Newman
Adam Rei Siegel
Matthew A. Woolf