PLAYCO: THE WORLD ON STAGE

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

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.


Jennifer Lim and Louis Ozawa Changchien in Caught, 2016.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

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 first report  by clicking below.

December 10, 2020

Land Acknowledgement

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.

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Kate Loewald

Founding Producer

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.

Robert G. Bradshaw

Managing Director
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Renée E. Schwartz

General Management Assistant
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Joey Nasta

Development Associate
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Charlene Adhiambo

Artistic Assistant
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Annie Jin Wang

Communications & Marketing Manager
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Carolina Đỗ

Community Engagement Associate
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Blake Zidell & Associates

Press
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Trip Cullman

Associate Artist

Board of Directors

Carmine Boccuzzi & Victoria Reese

Co-Chairs

Michael Dweck

Treasurer

Kate Loewald

Secretary

Kyra Tirana Barry
Trip Cullman
Bruce Geismar
Ruth Hendel
Lawrence Kaplen
George Sheanshang

 

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

Summary

The Play Company (PlayCo), an award-winning, New York City not-for-profit theatre, offers paid 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 not currently accepting applications for PlayCo fellows. Please visit this site for future opportunities.

 

PLAYCO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summary

Our Internships offer paid 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 not currently accepting applications for PlayCo interns. Please visit this site for future opportunities.