ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY INC

aka ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY   |   New York, NY   |  www.roundabouttheatre.org

Mission

Roundabout celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future.

Ruling year info

1965

Artistic Director/CEO

Todd Haimes

Main address

231 West 39th Street, Ste. 1200

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-6192346

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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New Play Initiative

The New Play Initiative, first established in 1995, seeks to promote vitality in the American theatre and cultivates new work by gifted playwrights at all stages of their careers, with commissions, developmental readings and workshops, and productions of new plays and musicals at the Roundabout Underground program and our mainstage. Roundabout grants between two and five commissions each year and works closely with each playwright, providing the artistic and financial freedom needed to revise new works.

Population(s) Served

To ensure that our work is accessible to all audiences, the ACCESS Roundabout program was launched as a multifaceted audience development initiative to allocate over 42,000 affordable tickets, as low as $10, to theatregoers every year. Additionally, deaf and hard of hearing patrons are offered sign-interpreted performances, as well as the GalaPro app, which offers closed captioning and audio description services. To serve patrons with Autism and other sensory, communication, movement, and/or learning needs, we offer relaxed performances, which are slightly modified to reduce sound levels and provide an inclusive environment for people to attend live theatre who may not be able to do so with a general audience.

Population(s) Served

Roundabout first partnered with the Department of Education in 2003 to create Bronx Theatre High School and Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre, two small high schools rooted in theatrical teaching and learning. Since then, Roundabout has continued to partner with both schools and has increased its roster to 22 partners – largely Title I and Title V public schools in underserved communities – in all five boroughs of New York City. School partnerships include tailored classroom residencies, professional development for educators, onsite afterschool programming, and college and career readiness workshops.

Population(s) Served

The Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE) was launched in 2006 in response to data linking juvenile crime to the high number of students left unsupervised after school. In addition to supervising students, RYE uses performance, technical theatre/design, and playwriting to foster creative thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills among participants. During the spring and summer, students can apply for leadership positions within the company and work together to stage world premieres of student-written plays.

Population(s) Served

Education at Roundabout’s groundbreaking Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP), now in its third pilot year, works to break down barriers to entry in the theatre industry for out-of-work, out-of-school young adults ages 18-24. TWDP is the first job training and placement program for vocational theatre careers and was developed by Roundabout in collaboration with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union (IATSE), youth service agency The Door, and workforce development experts JobsFirstNYC. To date, TWDP has served 54 fellows in three cohorts and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from employment partners and peers in the field.

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Charting impact

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Roundabout Theatre Company was established in 1965 to produce revivals of lesser-known classic plays for the benefit of local audiences and artists. Over the last 50 years Roundabout has produced classic plays and musicals and introduced bold new works to the American theatre canon by developing new plays by living playwrights at all stages of their careers. Offstage, Roundabout creates opportunities for members of the community to engage deeply with theatre at every level through accessible theatre experiences. Roundabout's educational arm, Education at Roundabout, partners with 22 New York City Department of Education middle- and high schools each year to provide programming for students, teachers, and educators in underserved communities, as well as a groundbreaking workforce development program that provides young adults with the training they need to pursue careers in technical theatre.

Roundabout productions are developed in collaboration with artists of today who breathe new life into these enduring stories, ensuring that our audiences can connect deeply with each piece. The New Play Initiative, first established in 1995, utilizes developmental readings and workshops and other programs to provide playwrights with the artistic and financial support they need to develop new plays and have them produced as world premieres on the mainstage or as part of the Roundabout Underground program. Education at Roundabout trains educators in theatrical teaching styles and hosts in-class and afterschool programs at our 22 partner schools. Roundabout also provides directing fellowships, professional development workshops for educators, and the Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP), which provides training and job placement opportunities for out-of-school, out-of-work young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.

Roundabout is led by an executive staff of theatre professionals: Todd Haimes (Artistic Director/CEO), Julia C. Levy (Executive Director), Sydney Beers (General Manager), and Steve Dow (Chief Administrative Officer). Under their leadership, we successfully launched the Roundabout Underground program, in which emerging playwrights can take artistic risks and develop their works in a more intimate and nurturing space. Roundabout has since supported the professional debuts of 14 playwrights like Stephen Karam, who won the 2016 Tony for Best Play for his original work "The Humans." Additionally, Education at Roundabout's nationally-recognized programs reach over 30,000 students, educators, and young adults every year through school partnerships and other programs - including, but not limited to, our groundbreaking Theatrical Workforce Development Program.

Since 1965, Roundabout has received 36 Tony Awards, 51 Drama Desks, 62 Outer Critics Circle, 15 Lucille Lortel and 5 Olivier Awards. Through the New Play Initiative, Roundabout has commissioned 42 playwrights, developed over 190 new works, and employed over 5,000 artists. Offstage, Roundabout partners with 22 New York City Department of Education schools in all five boroughs and serves over 3,200 students and 160 educators at these schools every year. Students who participate in our afterschool program, the Roundabout Youth Ensemble, are required to attend school as a prerequisite. To date, 100% of program participants have graduated from high school. Education at Roundabout’s Theatrical Workforce Development Program, now in its third pilot year, currently serves 54 fellows in three cohorts and has received overwhelming positive feedback from partners and peers in the field.

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY INC

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Tuft

Lazard Frères & Co. LLC

Term: 1999 -

Thomas Tuft

Lazard Frères & Co. LLC

Lawrence Kaplen

The Kaplen Brothers Fund

Katheryn Patterson Kempner

Stephanie Kramer