PLAYCO: THE WORLD ON STAGE
The 3 pillars of our mission: empowering artists to generate a dynamic, uniquely global program of adventurous work, innovating and celebrating the power of live theatre; pro-actively and meaningfully inviting our NYC community to engage in this artistic work; providing affordable access to ensure that our theatre is available to all.
The Play Company commissions, develops and produces new plays, from the U.S. and around the world, to create contemporary theatre that reflects and responds to both our New York City home and today’s interconnected world. We support ambition and experimentation in both form and content. We champion new and marginalized voices to expand the repertoire of artists represented on U.S. stages. We commit to affordable access and collaborative community engagement, welcoming inclusive audiences to join us in exploring the meaning of our time through live theatre experiences.
PlayCo received a 2007 Obie Award for our “unique contribution to the Off Broadway community”. Our organization, artists and shows have been honored with Obie, Lucille Lortel, American Theatre Wing, Drama Desk, Drama League awards and nominations.
PlayMap Since 1999
Kate created The Play Company with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin, in 1998. To date PlayCo has produced 37 world, American and New York premieres of plays from the U.S., Europe, South and East Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Russian Federation.
From 1990-99 Kate was head of the literary department at the Manhattan Theatre Club, overseeing programming and creative development. She collaborated with many playwrights and directors on new plays, including Terrence McNally, Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Cheryl West, Kia Corthron, Joe Mantello, Mark Brokaw and Nicholas Martin, among many others. She created the MTC Playwriting Fellowships for emerging writers. She was also Director of MTC’s acclaimed Writers in Performance series in 1998 and ’99, producing an innovative program of literary events featuring such writers and performers as Walter Mosley, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Gish Jen, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Buck Henry, Anita Desai, Robert Pinsky, Sydney Schanberg, and Arnold Wesker. Prior to MTC, Kate was producing associate to Margo Lion on George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam, Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and other plays on and off Broadway.
Kate is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA program, and has also taught at the New School for Drama, Fordham College and New York University. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003. She is a graduate of Yale College. In addition to her work with The Play Company, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season.
Blake Zidell & Associates
Literary Wing Readers
John Brunner, Dan Dinero, Noa Egozi, Taylor Barrett Gaines, Hunter Gause, Xintong Han, Christina Roussos, Anisa Threlkeld, Jeremy Tiang, Austin Tooley, Cynthia Tong, Lyto Triantafyllidou
Board of Directors
Carmine Boccuzzi & Victoria Reese
Kyra Tirana Barry
Philip Levy, in memoriam
Work with us
Below is a list of current and upcoming opportunities to join the PlayCo team as staff, intern, artist, or volunteer.
PLAYCO FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Play Company (PlayCo), an award-winning, New York City not-for-profit theatre, offers fellowships in our Marketing, General Management, and Literary departments. We invite prospective applicants to attend information sessions where you can learn more about these opportunities and PlayCo. PlayCo fellowships provide mentoring and hands-on training to emerging theatre professionals of color, in our Manhattan administrative office, rehearsal studios and performance venues around the city, and professional development opportunities in and out of New York City. In addition to their practical training with the PlayCo staff, fellows will also receive professional mentorship. The Fellowship Mentor will support Fellows throughout the process, to create focused goals and professional development plans during their tenure, advise on any questions or issues that arise during the fellowship, and facilitate monthly in-person meetings to review, assess, and revise these goals as needed.
We are no longer accepting applications for PlayCo fellows. Please visit this site for future opportunities.
PLAYCO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Our Internships offer excellent opportunities for emerging arts professionals to gain practical, hands-on experience in a professional and inclusive theatre setting. With mentoring from our staff, interns will collaborate on a diverse array of projects, and our goal is to provide tools & resources that enable interns to grow into qualified professionals in the field.
We are no longer accepting applications for PlayCo interns. Please visit this site for future opportunities.