The WorkShop Theater

Todays Date: 06/30/22
Last Update: 06/11/18 12:22:48 PM
Address: 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY   

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

GODSPELL  | Open: 06/28/18 Close: 07/07/18
Director Christina Sheehan’s modern revolutionary inspired design explores a diverse group with many modern voices of resistance who come together with one visionary leader to form a community, and ultimately learn how to make their own “light” shine. This popular musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew brings its messages of kindness, tolerance and love vibrantly to life.

We invite you to join the tribe, as they work together in the hope of building their…Beautiful City.

About the Company: Queens Shakespeare, Inc.

Founded in 2005, Queens Shakespeare is a blend of professional and educational theatre which produces 2 full-length classical plays each year in Queens County, New York. The aim of the company is to engage the entire community in its theatrical projects with professional actors in leading roles who will act as mentors for both students and community members


INSOMNIA: A NEW MUSICAL  | Open: 08/02/16 Close: 08/07/16
At the age of 38, Brad has had tremendous success writing for a hugely popular, young adult TV show. He has old friends who support him, a man who loves him and a distant father who wants to reconnect. By all accounts, Brad's life is great and yet, he can't help but feel that something is missing. Whatever it is, it's been keeping him up. As Brad tries to write and sell a new, semi-autobiographical TV pilot (one without any vampires, superheroes, ghosts or guns), he journeys through a sleepless night to look inward, examine his relationships and to ask himself important questions, like: what does it mean to be fulfilled? How do you balance the pursuit of money with the creation of art...and can a nightcap still be called a nightcap if it's 5 AM? Brad won't rest (literally) until he finds all his answers.

The cast of seven includes Philip Skinner, Jesse Manocherian*, Anette Michelle Sanders*, Lauren Lukacek*, Chris Brick*, Tyler Milliron*, and Dennis Holland*. *Member, AEA


MR. TOOLE  | Open: 07/21/16 Close: 07/31/16
The Midtown International Theatre Festival in association with Lagniappe Productions Present The World Premiere of MR. TOOLE

In this new play inspired by true events, the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces,” is seen through the eyes of one of his students at an all-girl’s college in New Orleans. The student, who is haunted by the memory of her first love, Mr. Toole, goes back in time to solve the mystery of his death and what she could have done to stop it. The teacher a student will never forget becomes a legend the world will never forget.

The cast features Laura Butler (Boardwalk Empire/Inside Llewyn Davis), Brenda Currin (Obie award-winner/Orpheus Descending, directed by Austin Pendleton), Todd d'Amour (2015 Broadway Debut Manhattan Theatre Club's Airline Highway), John Ingle (Off-BroadwayTOSOS, Steve Sterner and Peter del Valle’s musical revue LOVERS), Lou Liberatore (Broadway, Burn This & As Is), and Richard Vernon (Broadway Poor Murderer, directed by Herbert Berghof).

The creative team includes set design by George Allison, lighting design by Kia Rogers, video design by Eric Siegel, stage management by Earline Stephen, assistant director & stage manager Becky Abromowitz, dialect coach Charley Layton, and co-produced by Vincent Marano. 


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents 2015 Combined Audition Event on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th at The WorkShop Theater, 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor East. Singing Auditions will be on Saturday from 10:30am to 6pm (you will be required to perform a monologue, too). Non-singing auditions will be on Saturday from 10:00am to 11am and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.


The event is presented with support from Working Actors Studio, Actors Access, Actors Connection,, BackStageOver and the WorkShop Theatre. Over 40 producers, theater companies, writers and directors will be sitting in on two days of auditions. 
Sign up to be seen by them, and by at least two top New York agents and/or casting directors! Already on board: agent Albert Bramante of Emerging Talent Agency, casting directors Robin Carus, Jamibeth Margolis and Helene Galek, and manager Lorna Rainey and Bobby Holder of Talent Express.


TRU AUDITION EVENT PRICING: Early bird registration fee: $50
($10 discount and priority slots are given to members of Theater Resources Unlimited and AEA, making your fee $40. 
Non-members are welcome to join and qualify for Priority Registration - click here). Standard registration (3/14-4/13): $75*
($10 discount and priority slots for TRU and AEA, 
making your fee $65). Everyone who applies will be entered in a raffle. Past prizes included seminars at Actors Connection, The Network and Weist-Barron Studios, 6-month memberships in sponsor Actors Access' Showfax, subscriptions to BackStage and more! Drawing will be held Sunday night after the event. Questions? Email


Registration Now Open. Early bird deadline: March 14th (postmark). Final deadline: April 13th (received - postmark April 11th). For complete guidelines and the 2015 application packet, visit or download materials at


Also join TRU executive director Bob Ost and event producers Jody Lyn Flynn and Molly Morris at Meet the Coaches, produced by vocal coach Natalie Wilson on Saturday, March 28th from 2pm to 5pm, at the John DeSotelle Studios, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor. This is a pre-event opportunity to meet 11 terrific monologue and music coaches and party with the TRU production team at a catered reception. Early bird pricing will be honored if you sign up at this event.


AUDITORS AND INDUSTRY: The event averages anywhere from 40-60 auditors each year. Here is a list of 2014 companies: 13th Street Repertory, 3 Voices Theatre, Acclaim Theatrical, Aching Dogs Productions, The Actors Project NYC, American Renaissance Theatre Company, The Bickford Theatre (NJ), Bozomoon Productions and OMG Ventureprises, BWAZ Theatricals/Theatron, DMG Theatricals, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Filmus Inc., Fortune Theatre Co., Fresh Fruit Festival, From Now On Productions, Gorilla Repertory, Hudson River Repertory, Immortal Productions, Jade Shames, JFest, Killing Kompany Dinner Theatre, Manifest Alchemy Theater & Film, Me & You Productions, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Moonlight Productions, Mother's Boy LLC, MultiStages, NahNahOutsideMyHouse! Productions, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), NY Artists Unlimited, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Off the Leash Productions, Once Upon a Reality Productions, PC Productions, PCC Productions/West Village Musical Theatre Festival, Planet Connections Festivity, Pleasantly Depressing Films, PopUP Theatricals, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Rat Pack Undead, Rising Sun Performance Company, Rambles and Revels, Rhymes Over Beats, Speranza Theatre Co., SunnySpot Productions, The Travels (NYMF show), Triangle Theater, TRU Voices Play Reading Series, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Wildly Productive Productions, Women of Color Productions, The Workshop Theatre, Write Act Repertory and Wyndow Productions.


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.


TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.


Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation.


For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit or call (212) 714-7628.


THE WILL-A-THON 10th ANNIVERSARY BARD-STRAVAGANZA!  | Open: 04/22/13 Close: 04/27/13
$18; $15 Students/Seniors. Buy Online at OVATION TIX or WorkShop Theater Company. For a special "See All Three Evenings" $25 ticket package ONLY, call 212-695-4173. 

Mtworks' The Picture Of Dorian Gray  | Open: 03/27/13 Close: 04/14/13
 The Picture of Dorian Gray is transformed into an erotic cautionary thriller in Glory Kadigan's new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's infamous novel. 

The young Dorian's innocence and beauty are remarkably captured in painter Basil Hallward's latest masterpiece. Basil's friend Lord Henry Wotton and Dorian are stunned by the painting displayed before them. When Lord Henry points out the painting's beauty will never fade yet the young man's will, Dorian makes a deadly wish: that the painting grow old in his place while he remains forever young. His wish is granted. Set in the late 1800’s, this classic Gothic tale explores the superficial nature of society, and the value of youth and beauty.

For Mature Audiences Only. Adult Situations/Nudity.

About the Company: Maieutic Theatre Works

Maieutic Theatre Works (MTWorks) is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company based in NYC that premieres distinctive new plays, bringing Broadway caliber to Off-Off Broadway audiences since 2006. Now home to both emerging and established theater professionals, MTWorks' mission is to birth new plays inspired by playwrights and regions outside of New York.


Past productions include Rich Rubin's Costa Rehab at the WorkShop Theater, directed by Shelly
Feldman; FLASHBACKS a 5th year anniversary celebration at the June Havoc Theater, directed by David
Stallings; David Stallings’ The Family Shakespeare at the June Havoc Theater, directed by Antonio
Minino; The 2011 National NewBorn Festival hosted by The City College of New York; Underworld IV
hosted by Tym Moss (TalkRadio's Artists Exposed) at The Triad NYC (Benefit); Cody Daigle’s A Home
Across the Ocean at Theatre Row, directed by Dev Bondarin; Carol Carpenter’s Good Lonely People at
The Robert Moss Theatre (Winner of 3 Planet Connections Theatre Awards; Best Supporting Actress, Best
New Playwright, Activist Award), directed by Diánna Martin; David Stallings’ Barrier Island at Center Stage
NY, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2010 National NewBorn Festival at Asya Geisberg Studio, various
directors; Underworld: Duets, hosted by Tony nominee Willy Falk (Miss Saigon) at The Triad NYC (Benefit)
; 4 Variations of Mee at Manhattan Children’s Theatre, various directors; Louise Flory's Look After You at
The SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC 09), directed by David Stallings; Jacqueline Goldfinger's The Oath at The
Arclight Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2009 National NewBorn Festival at The ArcLight Theater,
various directors; Into the Underworld: A Broadway Understudy Tell All...With Music, hosted by Katie Adams
& Julie Bieber (Wicked) at The Triad NYC (Benefit); David Stallings' Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell at The Connelly
Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea (FringeNYC 08); Cody Daigle's Providence at The Rock Theatre, directed
by Ian Crawford; Underworld: A Night With Broadway's Understudies, hosted by Law Tarello (The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) at The D-Lounge (Benefit); The 2008 National NewBorn Festival at
The Payan Theatre, various directors; David Stallings's Arpeggio at The 45th Street Theatre, directed by
Cristina Alicea; The 2007 National NewBorn Festival at The Payan Theatre, various directors; and David
Stallings’ Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs at The Rock Theatre, directed by Cristina Alicea.
Lizzie Borden At Eight O'clock  | Open: 04/10/13 Close: 04/13/13

“Lizzie Borden at Eight O’Clock,” Mitch Giannunzio’s critically acclaimed one-woman play starring Ellen Barry, directed by Kenneth Tigar, returns to the WorkShop Theater Company for four performances only, April 10, 11, 12 and 13. All proceeds will benefit the WorkShop.   Performances are at 8pm in the WorkShop’s Jewel Box Theater, 312 West 36th Street (at 8th Avenue), 4th Floor West.   General admission tickets are $18, with a $15 student/senior discount and a limited number of $9 Off-Off-Broadway discount at TDF.  For information and reservations visit or call 866-811-4111.

Over a century after the grisly hatchet murders of Lizzie’s father and stepmother in 1982, the still unsolved crime remains a source of widespread fascination, retold in many forms.  In Giannunzio’s play, Lizzie takes the podium at her local Historical Society to clear her name once and for all.   This chilling first person account has been hailed as “a subtle, masterful performance… what begins as a public excavation of the Lizzie Borden case turns into a trial of her captivated audience…working both as a murder mystery and as a psychological portrait of a woman, a town, and an ongoing national fascination with all the gory detail” –  “a riveting, haunting portrayal” – History News Network.  It has been seen most recently in sold-out engagements at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Lake George and Watch Hill, Rhode Island’s five-star Ocean House Hotel.

About the Company: Workshop Theater Company

Now in its 13th season, the WorkShop Theater Company specializes in the development of new plays. The company also nurtures the talents of actors, playwrights and directors with the presentation of readings and workshops as well as fully staged plays, and musicals. The company’s two-theater complex on 36th Street includes the 65-seat main stage theater and the 35-seat Jewel Box theater. The award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND, began as the stage play “THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN” by ALLAN KNEE presented by the WorkShop Theater Company in 1998. The WorkShop has also presented premiere productions of the plays “Angel Wings” by Murray Schisgal (who is best known for “Luv” and the screenplay of Tootsie) and “1348” by Tom Dulack (author of the Off-Broadway hit “Breaking Legs”). For more information on the WorkShop Theater Company and their 2007 season lineup, please visit

South Dakota  | Open: 01/30/13 Close: 02/09/13
Featuring: Bill Griffin, Lindsay Tanner, Nathanael Harting, William Tatlock Green, and Elizabeth Spano

On a family farm in Faith, South Dakota, the fields have been shorn of their fruits. Five unique narratives are inextricably linked by the land to a fate they do not fully comprehend. Curly leaves to fight in Afghanistan after September 11th; his cousin Priscilla loses her parents and one of her eyes in a car accident; Judd, a local farm boy, can't take his eyes off her; Curly's father, Bud, buries things in the cornfields; the ghost of a young Lakota girl, killed at Wounded Knee Creek, keeps a curse in the dirt. We discover the circumstances that have left both Bud and the farm empty shells of what they once were, the carnage that took place there over a century earlier, and the passionate bond shared by Curly and Priscilla.

The result is a story with the epic scope of a Greek tragedy - taboo familial love, a hero running off to war to escape his fate, and the lingering ramifications of a massacre visited upon future generations. Quietly personal language, with a spare kind of lyricism, is grounded in the characters' lives and their relationship to the land, synced with the chaotic dance of their inner struggles. It is a Rock & Roll Ghost Dance, shepherding the audience across centuries and continents to arrive at a new understanding of what it means to have roots, to come "from" somewhere - specifically, from South Dakota.

Rabbit Hole Ensemble Presents Alone  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/17/12
Based on August Strindberg's autobiographically fictional novella, Alone was inspired by Strindberg's dramatic experiments with structure and theme.

Strindberg found material all around him: his dreams, daily observations of his neighbors and strangers, imagined encounters with lovers, enemies and friends, even his deep feeling for the power of music all stimulated his vigorous imagination. Alone invites audiences to spy in secret on Strindberg and share in his private experiences as he struggles to understand the place of solitude in his life and art.

The performance on Friday, November 9th will be a Benefit Performance fundraiser. Tickets for that night are $50 and include the performance and post-show reception, with wine, beer, food, silent auction, and raffle!


The Deena Levy Theatre Studio presents "THIS IS HOW I LOVE..." (An Evening of Scenes with a Theme). Come be entertained and moved as this phenomenally eclectic and talented group of artists act...their hearts out.

The Deena Levy Theatre Studio has been teaching actors at all levels to "unlock the secrets" for 24 years. A diverse and dynamic choice of classes and workshops are offered, to educate, to inspire and prepare the serious actor for a career. For more information about DLTS, visit