BTS was founded in 2009 as a development workshop and incubator for new American plays and musicals. We sponsor table readings of selected scripts using our Resident Company of actors, then work with the best pieces to produce staged readings. Outstanding works may be optioned and developed for a full production backed by our producers and creative team, both independently and in festivals throughout New York City. Our BTS Academy also offers classes and coaching sessions to help develop current and prospective members of our Resident Company.
Hundreds of actors have attended BTS workshops over the last five years, and we have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the best new writing talent in New York. Past projects have included renowned playwright Jack Feldstein’s new comedy The Ansonia, award-winning playwright/composer Zoe Sarnak’s original musical The Quad, and bestselling author Nicole DiMattei’s festival-pick On The Uptown 2 Express Train. Last season, BTS produced original works in both the Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Play Competition and the Strawberry One-Act Festival, advancing to the finals in the latter while earning a Best Actress nomination along the way.