Second Stage Theater creates and champions plays and musicals solely from living American writers. At their Broadway theatre, the Hayes, and in their two off-Broadway theatres, they have developed and presented over 200 provocative theatrical experiences by working with countless artists who have contributed their talents to their award-winning productions. As the only Broadway company exclusively devoted to living American writers, Second Stage is dedicated to introducing the world to bold, diverse voices of American creativity.
Second Stage Theater was founded in 1979 to produce “second stagings” of contemporary American plays that deserved to reach a wider audience. The mission expanded to producing new plays by their developing corps of writers. Over time, their dedication to telling American stories in their most exciting forms now include genre-bending solo performances, cutting-edge theatrical events, explosive new musicals, and world premieres by America’s most esteemed playwrights.Second Stage is committed to supporting both established and emerging artists. Commissions and artist residencies nurture playwrights, directors, designers, and actors in the creation of work that speaks to our contemporary moment. 2ST UPTOWN launches the hottest young talents with full productions and developmental support. Second Stage builds future audiences by educating young people about the art of theatre and encouraging their participation in the cultural life of NYC.