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.
These are the Organizational Values, proposed by the leadership and mutually agreed upon by the staff and board, that center The Play Company and guide all of our work. All artists, production staff and contractors must also practice and uphold these values.
Inclusion – Theatre can only thrive from multiplicity of creative perspectives that spring from different lived experiences and artistic disciplines. PlayCo can only achieve our goal to share joy, learning, understanding and empathy through art if that art includes and embraces the diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity and expression, age, ability, socio-economic status, communication style, work style, and other defining characteristics within the New York City population we belong to.
Artist Vision – PlayCo elevates adventurous, forward-thinking creativity. Artists drive the trajectory of their creative process and lead us in identifying the goals of each project. As producers, we support each project to achieve the full potential of these goals.
Collaboration – PlayCo commits to maintaining an equitable, safe workplace that upholds mutual respect and the open exchange of ideas. Our organization’s leadership centers the agency and creativity of artists, production team and staff members as we work together to make each project and fulfill our mission.
Access – Theatre is an act of gathering to make and share stories. We commit to removing barriers to participating in our work by combating racism and oppression; accommodating all abilities; maintaining affordable admission; building authentic, reciprocal partnerships with educational, cultural, social service and social justice organizations in our community, and creating welcoming space for all to engage with one another.
Hospitality & Community Building – PlayCo approaches each gathering as an opportunity to build trust and good will, bring comfort, and find joy in sharing stories, ideas, food, and other cultural expressions with one another. As theatremakers, we mindfully foster “collective effervescence” – the heightened sense of belonging and well-being that comes from participating in shared rituals – at every performance, in the rehearsal room, around the office conference table, and wherever people come together under the PlayCo umbrella.
Sustainability – A healthy, just workplace and fair compensation support the well-being and creativity of theatremakers which, along with fiscal stability, enables the future creation of ambitious, singular works of art.
Our Anti-Racism Work
We understand that PlayCo, as a historically and predominantly white organization, has been complicit in, and benefitted from, the white supremacist culture and systems that harm our BIPOC colleagues and friends. Change is necessary and long overdue. We must do better. We will do better.
Using the list of Demands published by We See You White American Theater in June 2020 as our guide, we are committed to sharing the steps we are taking as an organization to dismantle practices that cause harm and become a more equitable arts organization. We will publish semi-annual reports for at least the next 3 years that publicly demonstrate our commitments, and hold us accountable, to support the well-being and needs – both artistic and human – of artists, production staff, administrative staff, audiences, community partners, and all who interact with PlayCo. Please read our reports by clicking below.
The Play Company is based in New York City. Our office in Manhattan, as well as the rehearsal, performance and other spaces where we work in NYC, are located on the Lenapehoking homeland of the Lenape People.
Lenapehoking is the Lenape name for Lenape land, which spans Western Connecticut to Eastern Pennsylvania, and the Hudson Valley to Delaware, with Manhattan at the center. We recognize that this land was forcibly taken and sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge the genocide and displacement of indigenous peoples.
The Lenape Diaspora is dispersed throughout the U.S. and Canada, and includes five recognized nations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ontario. We honour the past, present, and future generations of the Lenape, and all indigenous people, who have stewarded the land, water, and air we occupy. We call upon the people who inhabit the Lenapehoking today to join us in learning this history, celebrating the present Lenape community, and becoming better stewards of Earth.
We also acknowledge the African people who were enslaved, and whose labor built Manhattan during the colonial era and beyond. We acknowledge the harm inflicted upon the indigenous communities and people of color across the country. We recognize that this public acknowledgement is only one step in the ongoing process of honoring and supporting these communities.
PlayMap Since 2000
Robert G. Bradshaw
Rob (he/him/his) is an arts administrator, educator, and director originally from New Jersey. He originally joined PlayCo in 2013 as General Manager and stepped into the Managing Director role in 2016. His early career was spent developing and directing new plays in various festivals across the northeast during which he was recognized for excellence in directing by the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival. This work led to producing plays including his time as Associate Artistic Director of the inaugural season of the Paramount Theatre’s grand re-opening in Asbury Park, NJ in 2007. Rob expanded his work into arts education including his tenure as Company Manager & Associate Director of The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life, a national arts literacy program for underserved communities. He is also an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at several local universities. Rob holds a masters degree in arts management from Montclair State University.
Artistic & Literary Intern
Sahmaya Busby (she/her/hers) is the 2022 Artistic & Literary Intern at PlayCo. She is a rising sophomore majoring in Drama & Theatre Arts and Political Science at Columbia University. She is also a member of BWOG, a student journalism organization at Columbia, and Orchesis.
Community Engagement Associate
Carolina Đỗ (she/her/hers) is the Community Engagement Associate at PlayCo. She is an actor, producer, writer and proud descendant of Vietnamese freedom fighters . She’s a community organizer and advocate for art that facilitates healing in marginalized communities. Co-founder and co-Producing Artistic Leader of The Sống Collective.
Steven Gillenwater (he/him/his) is an actor, director and theatre educator who also works as an accountant, Controller and Business Manager. Originally from California, he has a B.A. and Graduate Certificate in Theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a M.S in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York. Steven previously worked for The Subjective Theatre Company, University of Oxford, and Facilities USA/Guard Services USA. Previously, his accounting /administrative work was always in industries outside the arts, and he is excited to be bringing the two worlds together now with PlayCo!
Kate Loewald (she/her/hers) co-created The Play Company with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin. Prior to launching PlayCo, from 1990-99 she was Director of Play Development at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and also directed their Writers in Performance series for two seasons. Before MTC, Kate worked for producer Margo Lion, developing and producing shows on and off Broadway including George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam and Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference 2000-2003. In addition to her work with PlayCo, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season. Kate is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University School of the Arts, and has also taught at The New School, Fordham College and NYU.
Social Media Assistant
Janie Paw (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Filipino-American theatre professional with a background in stage and house management. She has worked on shows as a stage management intern/fellow at The Public Theater (Soft Power) and Atlantic Theater Company (Blue Ridge), and was a production assistant for Third Rail Projects’ long-running immersive hit Then She Fell. She was born and raised in New York City. BA Communications, Marymount University (Arlington, VA).
Annie Jin Wang
Associate Director for Programming & Communications
Annie Jin Wang (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director for Programming & Communications at PlayCo. She is a first-generation Chinese-American dramaturg, writer, and designer whose body of work investigates constructs of race, gender, and citizenship. She also serves as the Literary Manager at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and the Artistic Associate at Theater Mu; as a playwright, her work has been developed with Fresh Ground Pepper and she is a current member of the PlayGround-NY Writers Pool. Annie holds an MFA from Columbia University, and BAs from Wellesley College.
Charlene Adhiambo (she/her/hers) is a Kenyan American writer currently based in her hometown of Atlanta. Her one-act play Guardian was read at Saudade Theatre’s Re-Descobrimentos Festival in July 2020. Her creative work spans many mediums including (but not limited to), screenplay, stage play, fiction, essay, poetry, and song. While the containers and even genres of her work change, constant themes are mother- and daughterhood, black girl- and womanhood, friendship, romance, and grief. She writes in a space somewhere between Ray Bradbury and Toni Morrison, two of her favorite authors. When not writing, she is listening to R&B music, teaching herself guitar, or doing yoga. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Columbia University.
Wesley Ahn (he/him/his) is a writer, actor, and a student at Drew University, where he is pursuing dramaturgy. He is also a member of an improv troupe, an acapella group, student government, and has been certified to teach yoga. He was the Artistic and Literary intern at PlayCo in the summer of 2021.
Taylor Gaines (she/her/hers) is a translator and arts worker who has been affiliated with PlayCo since her time as a Literary Fellow in 2017. With a bachelors in Theatre and French (University of Virginia) and a masters in Cultural Translation (American University of Paris), she has worked as a theatre translator, general manager of a bilingual theatrical production, English instructor, and literary consultant. She is the recipient of grants from the FACE Foundation and ARTCENA, and her translations have received public readings at the Martin Segal Theatre Center at CUNY, the International Play Reading Festival at Columbia University, and productions at Cherry Arts Space and Carnegie Mellon University. Taylor is currently a Cultural Attachée with the Québec Government Office in New York.
Ana Graham (she/her/hers) is a director, actor, translator and costume designer born in Mexico City, where she studied drama at the Núcleo de Estudios Teatrales. She is Artistic Producer and Founder of the Mexico-based Por Piedad Teatro where she has developed most of her work. She is also a member of the adviser committee for the US/MEXICO exchange program at The Lark and has been a recipient of Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts performers grant. She splits her time producing work in Mexico City and New York City. Ana and collaborator Antonio Vega partnered with The Play Company to present Ettore Scola’s Working On a Special Day in New York at 59E59 (2013) and The Duchamp Syndrome at The Flea (2015).
Jeremy Tiang (he/ they) is a playwright, novelist and translator from China. His plays include A Dream of Red Pavilions, The Last Days of Limehouse and Salesman之死. He is also the translator of plays by Chen Si’an, Wei Yu-Chia, Zhan Jie and Quah Sy Ren, as well as novels by Lo Yi-Chin, Chan Ho-Kei, Yan Ge, Zhang Yueran and Yeng Pway Ngon. His novel State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. Originally from Singapore, he now lives in Flushing, Queens.
Antonio Vega (he/him/his) is a director, actor, playwright and translator born in Guadalajara, Jalisco where he graduated from ETX Jalisco School of Theater. He has also trained with Teatro Estudio (TEES) in Guadalajara; the Mexican Improvisation League in Mexico City; Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark; American Institute of Comedy, HB Studio in NYC, and the Actors Center in London. Vega became the Por Piedad Teatro’s artistic director in 2012. In 2013 Vega and collaborator Ana Graham partnered with The Play Company to present Ettore Scola’s Working On a Special Day. In 2015 he created, co-directed and starred in The Duchamp Syndrome. In Mexico he directed Terror by Ferdinand Von Schirach, and co-directed Anne Washburn’s El Ensayo (10 Out of 12) with Ana Graham, as well as Winter Solstice by Roland Schimmelpfennig.
BIPOC Advisory Council
- Charlene Adhiambo
- Carolina Đỗ
- Mia Katigbak
- Ugo Chukwu
- Victoria Detres
- Ayo Renée Schwartz’
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Board of Directors
Work with us
Below is a list of current and upcoming opportunities to join the PlayCo team as staff, intern, artist, or volunteer.
The Play Company (PlayCo), an Obie award winning not-for-profit theatre producing in New York City, needs a responsible and detail-oriented team player to support all fundraising activities through December 31, 2022, with the possibility of extending until June 30, 2023.
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Interim Development Assistant will play an important role in the success of PlayCo’s fundraising activities in the coming months, including donor relations, direct mail appeals, institutional giving and special events, while new staffing is implemented. They will provide support to the in-coming Associate Director for Development at least through the end of 2022, and possibly through the end of PlayCo’s fiscal year at the end of June, 2023.
This is an excellent opportunity for a person who is looking to gain first-hand industry experience with not-for-profit fundraising in the arts. We’re seeking candidates with the ability to organize and prioritize work independently, strong attention to detail, strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor, and a passion for theatre and new plays.