LES Arts & Culture Open House


On Saturday October 22, 2022, the theater will be open from 2 PM – 5 PM

Theater for the New City is part of LES Arts & Culture Open House. Organized by FABnyc with 20+ Lower East Side organizations, a special event organized for Open House NY https://www.fabnyc.org/lesopenhouse/

TNC’s Village Halloween Costume Ball 2022

Theater for the New City’s Costume Ball is coming back this Halloween October 31st!

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A celebration of the life of George Bartenieff at Theater for the New City

Theater for the New City (TNC) will host a memorial for George Bartenieff on Monday, September 19. The gathering is at 7:30 PM and speakers and performances at 8 PM. Among those who will speak are: Penny Arcade, Phoebe Legere, Briana Bartenieff, Eduardo Machado, Crystal Field, Margo Lee Sherman, The Thunderbird American Indian dancers will perform as well as The Fabulous Amazing Grace. Phillip Hacket will MC. At the end of the ceremony there will be an open mic although RSVP is recommended for those who would like to say a few words.


The White Blacks are coming back to Theater for the New City later this year! Nov 10-27, 2022




All events at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)

August 28 to September 18, 2022

From August 28 to September 18, 2022, Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, will resume its annual Dream Up Festival, a feast of adventurous theater that had been suspended in 2020 and 2021 during the disruptions of Covid. The annual event is an ultimate new works festival, dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances.

More Info: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/shows/dream-up-festival-2022/

George Bartenieff In Memorium

George Barteneiff in Dinosaur door by Barbara Garson

Today our beloved friend and incredibly talented George Bartenieff passed away, moving on to an even bigger stage than the ones where he mesmerized and inspired us all with his unforgettable performances.

George was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theater for the New City. Beginning in 1970, he co-produced, with Crystal Field, over 400 new works, in which he often acted. These included works by Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard (Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child), Rosalyn Drexler, Romulus Linney and many others, including Us by Karen Malpede. At Theater for the New City, he also co-founded, with Crystal Field, the Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, the annual free five borough Summer Street Theater tour, the anti-war and ecological art and performance festivals, and The Village writers on The Village festival, which included International Stud by Harvey Fierstein, which became the centerpiece for Torch Song Trilogy.  George was the recipient of four Obie Awards, one for Sustained Excellence as a Performer at Theater for the New City, and another of which was for Co-producing with Crystal Field at Theater for the New City. He co-produced with Crystal Field from Theater for the New City’s inception through 1988.

Please share with us any wonderful memories or photos of George you may have and let’s celebrate his life together. 

-Crystal Field
Executive Artistic Director
Theater for the New City

The founders of TNC: Larry Kornfield, Crystal Field, George Bartenieff, not in Picture Theo Barnes.
George holding Alex Bartenieff auditioning an actor in 1971

TNC Street Theater Summer Tour 2022

TNC Street Theater Summer Tour “Teacher! Teacher! or PS I Love You.”
August 6 – September 18, 2022

Free! In The Streets!
Saturday and Sundays @ 2 PM; Friday Performance in Coney Island @ 6:30 PM (full schedule below)

Writer and Director, Crystal Field
Composer, Peter Dizozza

Rip-roaring musical tours City’s streets, parks and playgrounds August 6 to September 18.

More Info: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/shows/tnc-street-theater-summer-tour-teacher-teacher-or-ps-i-love-you/

Room With Stars Review

In a tradition well represented in Elizabeth Ruf’s direction, “Room with Stars” is another such victory. This is a Vietnam War-era slice-of-life drama. Writer Nina Howes and Ruf bring a cross-generational look at the role of social activism in the lives of young people.

The Village Sun BY RACHEL de ARAGON

Read more here at The Village Sun – Vietnam War-era drama ‘Room with View’ evokes eternal themes

TNC’s LES Festival Returns

The 27th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts returns for Memorial day weekend!!

Art Springs Eternal

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 7 PM – 10:30 PM
Theater For The New City
155 First Ave (bet. 9th and 10thSt.)

Theater for the New City and Art Loisaida Foundation presents :
Art Springs Eternal

FREE Art, Performance, Reception/Party
An evening of artists who practice both fine and performing arts; presenting their pieces and discussing how one art form influences and inspires the other, and then they will perform, music, dance, poetry etc.  Followed by a Reception / Party wine and munchies.

Curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe and Lissa Moira. Hosted by Lissa.


Paige Cutrona, Dean Kostos, Zen MansleyKevin Martin, Lissa Moira, Bina Sharif, Richard West