company with a national reputation for taking a first look
at new and experimental plays; our recognizable,
influential aesthetic; and as a responsive home for
adventurous women and gender-nonconforming theater
artists. We serve the largest ongoing working network
of women theater artists in New York City with a diverse
slate of programs, our indispensable workspace, The Room,
and the cultivation of an artistic community and the collaborations that rise within it.
New Georges is:
- a risk-taker, empowering artists to see their
producers as creative collaborators, encouraging
an uncommon level of dreaming, experimentation and
trust. Thanksgiving dinner as 10-man football game?
Gertrude Stein through your very own headphones? Alligator wrestling in a water-filled pit? We make theater because we want to see things we’ve never seen before
(and do things we’ve never done before!), pushing the boundaries of our work in a nimble, artist-driven production environment.
- a hub, serving a flourishing affiliated artist community,
in The Room and out, every day of the year. Our core resources — programs rooted in collaboration and
access to creative workspace – encourage artists to
get up from the table and out from behind music
stands, fostering the 3-D experimentation essential to making highly theatrical plays. Our 25-year commitment to furnishing free or low-cost space to our artists in The Room is unique among downtown theaters and has advanced thousands of new plays.
- a launchpad, the source of first or transformative New York productions for a cohort of women and gender-nonconforming playwrights and directors now
enjoying notable careers; an early and ongoing artistic home for many more. New Georges’ influence is best measured by its tendrils: a community of artists infiltrating theater communities and productions nationwide, a presence visible in program bios, ongoing collaborations and writers’ rooms. And it’s felt in submissions we read by new playwrights whose work seems directly descended from the innovative writers who’ve come before.
New Georges has been named to L Magazine’s “Best of NYC,” and the tdf study OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE: the life and times of the new American play lists us as one of the top 10 theaters nationwide named by playwrights as a leading producer of their plays. Plays we produced have been
named to year-end best lists in The New Yorker, Time Out
New York, and the Huffington Post and included in New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix” and The New York Times’
Indelible Moments of the Year; are published by Faber & Faber, Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Indie Theatre Now, Smith & Kraus, Seagull Books and Vintage; and have been produced again and again around the country
and the world. Even in Australia.
Our mandate to serve women and gender-nonconforming artists is about opportunity, not content; it doesn’t limit the subject matter of the plays we produce.
Artistic director/producer Susan Bernfield co-founded New Georges in 1992. She’s also a playwright and solo performer whose works include SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY (EST Sloan Commission/First Light); TANIA IN THE GETAWAY VAN (The Pool, New Harmony Project); MY LAST CAR (in a living room near you; undergroundzero festival); STRETCH (a fantasia) (People’s Light & Theatre; New Georges; Ice Factory Festival; published by Playscripts); ; BARKING GIRL (Chrysalis Theater Co.; O’Neill Playwrights Conference); BIG HUNGRY WORLD (First Light/EST); a solo musical, TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE (music, Rachel Peters; FringeNYC; Adirondack Theatre Festival). Susan is the recipient of the 2014 Lilly Award for producing; serves as president of A.R.T./New York (the Alliance of Resident Theaters) and on the board of The Assembly; was a founding board member of The Indie Theater Fund; serves on the advisory council of the Drama League’s Beatrice Terry Residency; and is a member of the National Theatre Conference and League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and trained as an actor at Circle in the Square.
Read an article about her in the Penn Gazette
“I like this story because it really gets at why we do the kind of work we do”
Managing director/producer Jaynie Saunders Tiller was the Associate Director of Development for A.R.T./New York, the service and advocacy organization for New York City’s not-for-profit theatres, before coming to New Georges in 2011. Before moving to New York, she worked for five years in the artistic office at Dallas Theater Center, where she co-produced the Fresh Ink/Forward Motion Series, comprised of presentations and workshop productions of new works. Jaynie has served on panels for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council and A.R.T./New York; she also serves on the Brooklyn College/MFA Managers Alumni Board. Originally from Houston, Texas, Jaynie holds a B.F.A. in Drama Performance and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.
Associate director/producer Deadria Harrington is a New York City based creative producer, member of the Producing Artistic Leadership Team of The Movement Theatre Company and Associate Director/Producer at New Georges. With The Movement she has developed numerous new works by emerging artists of color, most recently What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris, directed by Whitney White, and And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, directed by David Mendizábal with choreography by Kia LaBeija. Select producing credits include: The Architecture of Becoming (WP Theater), At Buffalo (NYMF, UB Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative, CAP21), Alligator (New Georges). Harrington was a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Producers Lab at Women’s Project Theater and a Next Generation Leader of Color at the 2014 Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening.
New play advocate Sonya Sobieski has been an Affiliated Artist with the unfailingly supportive New Georges since 1992. Productions with NG include the full length play Commedia dell Smartass and a one-act musical in Manfest. Additional productions/readings around the country and in NYC (go here for more info). MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. Former Literary Manager of Playwrights Horizons. Contributor to The Brooklyn Rail.
photo above: Jaynie, Susan, Deadria at New Georges’ 2017 benefit, Tier-ing Up!