Founded in 1985, Working Theater is an off-Broadway theater company whose mission is to create and produce theater specifically for, about, and with working people. This population is the executive assistants, building service workers, postal workers, domestic workers, kitchen workers and transportation workers who make our nation run. Through active audience engagement initiatives, ticket subsidies and educational programming, Working Theater aims to make its artistic programming relevant, accessible, and affordable to all individuals regardless of socio-economic status and geographic location.
Since 2015, the company has been immersed in a multi-year, collaborative, community-based theater project, the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative. Through the Initiative, five teams of writers and directors have been collaborating with community members and a borough-specific venue partner to devise, script, rehearse, and premiere an original play firmly rooted in the cultural and geographic identity of neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs of New York City.
The Time Warner Foundation is supporting the future of the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, including the development of our current projects, and the commission and development of a brand new Five Boroughs/One City play in a new NYC neighborhood. Funding from the Foundation allows Working Theater to create opportunities for diverse storytellers to bring their work to new audiences, and to provide these storytellers with an artistic home, cultivating new work that reflects the full diversity of New York City.