Lighting from Heaven
WorkShop Theatre Company has maintained a high profile in the New York
indie theatre scene for several years, with a long list of IT Award
Nominees and Recipients:
In 2010, Elyse Mirto was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for Next year in Jerusalem
In 2011, their production of The Navigator
took home IT Awards for Outstanding Director (Leslie Kincaid Burby)
and Lighting Design (Duane Pagano) and nominations for Outstanding
Actress in a Featured Role (Nicole Taylor), Actress in a Lead Role
(Kelly Anne Burns), Set Design (Duane Pagano) Sound Design (Quentin
Chiappetta), Full-Length Script (Eddie Antar) and Outstanding Production
of a Play. In addition, Jeff Paul was nominated for Outstanding Actor
in a Lead Role for their production of Interchange
in 2012 they received nominations for Outstanding Solo Performance
(Greg Oliver Bodine) and Lighting Design (Richard Kent Green) and
Outstanding Revival of a Play for Poe, Times Two
. That same year The Navigator
received two Drama Desk nominations, for Best Leading Actor (James
Franchini) and Best Sound Design (Quentin Chiappetta/mediaNoise).
roots of the company date back to 1994 when Sam Schacht, Michelle
Bouchard and James DeMarse gathered an informal collective of theater
artists to read new plays. Meetings lead to productions of projects
created by their company of artists as well as established playwrights.
They formed a Board of Directors in 1997 (advised by Jerry Stiller, Anne
Meara, Israel Horovitz and Joy Behar, no less) and refined the process
through which they developed projects. In 2002, the company moved into
their home in what is now known as "The Theater Building" on 36th
Street, housing two performance spaces, pioneering the Off-Off Broadway
scene in the Garment District and taking the name WorkShop Theater
WorkShop's mission to cultivate and develop new works
has lead to a long list of successful productions and critical acclaim.
At the same time, they have provided a creative home for a diverse
group of over 170 professional playwrights, actors and directors who are
given tools of a robust development process to help bring their works
to life. Along the way, artists enjoy writers' feed-back nights,
readings with audience response, staged readings, short runs and
Today, plays developed at WorkShop are
produced nationally and internationally. In 2004, the film "Finding
Neverland", based on Allan Knee's play "The Man Who Was Peter Pan"
(produced in WorkShop's earlier incarnation in 1998), earned two
WorkShop members Oscar nominations!
Currently at WorkShop, audiences have several productions to choose from:
Currently playing through March 9th on the WorkShop's Main Stage is Lighting from Heaven
by Scott Sickles, about the poet Boris Pasternak and his muse, Olga
Ivinskaya, the woman who was the inspiration for the character Lara in
the novel (and the film) "Dr. Zhivago" and their conflict with the
government that tried to suppress their story.
Simultaneously, they are producing the family musical My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life
based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate
Feiffer, following the pain of young Emma who's mother is a supreme
embarrassment and performed by a cast that includes about a dozen
Broadway performers and features a score by an Emmy award winning music
And in their smaller Jewel Box Theatre, their current Staged Readings series features Daughters of the Sexual Revolution
by Dana Leslie Goldstein and directed by Stefanie Sertich in a weekend beginning February 28, 3013.
For more information about these productions and for more information about WorkShop, check out their website