From our home base in New York City, we serve artists through the course of the full calendar year, and throughout the life cycle of their projects. Our NYC Reading Series at Barnard College features free public readings of work in progress every 6-8 weeks during the school year. Our Winter Programming offers workshops, readings, and residencies to several projects simultaneously, and presents them free to the general public.


2019 Fall Readings Series

September 23, October 28, November 4, November 18

2020 Winter Season

February 1 - 29


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Inspired by True Events

by Ryan Spahn

directed by Michael Urie

Based on an actual incident at a community theater, Inspired by True Events reminds us that the show must go on - no matter what terrifying and harrowing event has occurred.

Tuesday, February 4 | 3:00 pm

The Lark Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Fl

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Growing Wild

by Shona Tucker

directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke

Shona Tucker (To Kill a Mockingbird) will perform her lyrical solo play with live music, Growing Wild, about a New York actress who returns to her southern Kentucky hometown to perform at Actors Theatre, only to learn that everything she believed about the death of her free spirited sister was a lie. Through time shifts, we witness a family's inter-generational quest to heal from the trauma of a mysterious sex crime.

Friday, February 7 | 7:00 pm

The Lark Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Fl



by Chisa Hutchinson

directed by Jade King Carroll

Rebecca Burgess is just living her life when weird, supernatural shit starts happening to her for no reason she can think of.  Of course, the fact that she can't think of the reason is probably why it's happening. Whitelisted is a cautionary tale that considers the possibility of cosmic justice in the absence of social justice.

Monday, February 10 | 3:00 pm

The Lark Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Fl

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Filmmakers' Workshop

Alumni Short Film Festival

(clockwise from top left)

Across the Tracks - Michael C. Cooke

Bliss House - Jonterri Gadson

The Son, the Father - Lukas Hassel

The Dark of Night - Denise Meyers

Gun Corp - Josh Liveright

In This Life - Bat-Sheva Guez

Love - James Gallagher

Join us for an evening of short films written and/or directed by some of our Filmmakers' Workshop Alumni. Featuring performances by Sam Rockwell, Leslie Bibb, Callie Thorne, Susan Sarandon, Boris McGiver among many others. 

Thursday, February 13 | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater, The Diana Center

Barnard College, 3009  Broadway

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A Distinct Society

by Kareem Fahmy

directed by Taylor Reynolds

A quiet library that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world. When an Iranian family, separated from one another by the "Muslim ban," use the library as a meeting place, the head librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager have to choose between breaking the law and saving themselves.

Thursday, February 27 | 3:00 pm

Westside Theatre

Downstairs Theatre

407 West 43rd Streett (between 9th & 10th Aves)


Lovely Day

by Leslie Ayvazian

directed by Max Mayer

As Fran and Martin celebrate their wedding anniversary, they learn of a military recruiter's visit to their only son's high school. Faced with the prospect of his enlistment, they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father can face.

Initially produced in 2003, this reading will initiate a reinvestigation of the text within the context of the present.

Friday, February 28 | 3:00 pm

The Lark Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor

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Happy Hour Cabaret

Featuring songs by Migguel Anggelo, Khiyon Hursey, Jaime Lozano, Madeline Meyers, Brian Quijada, Christina Quintana (CQ), Zoe Sarnak,

Rona Siddiqui

An acoustic concert of songs-in-process by some of today’s most exciting emerging songwriters for the theater. Join us for a drink and the stories behind their newest compositions.

Saturday, February 29 | 5:00 pm

The Lark Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor



Moving Forward

by Bill Bradley

Moving Forward is Bill Bradley’s American Journey: from a small town in Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River to Princeton and on to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, followed by ten years in the NBA with the New York Knicks then 18 years in the U.S. Senate and in 2000 a run for President of the United States.  This autobiographical piece deals with Bradley’s three passions – basketball, politics and self-discovery.  It shares insights about all three as well as life generally, while being funny and deeply moving. It speaks to each of us as human beings and Americans. 

Monday, September 23rd | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)


Tent Revival

by Majkin Holmquist

directed by Teddy Bergman

The story of Ida, a young woman on the road with her parents as they preach the good word during the faith-healing revivalist tradition of the mid-20th century. While they spread miracles from one small Kansas town to another, Ida wrestles with doubt and struggles to find her own voice on the wide midwestern plains.



Mary Bacon, Abby Corrigan, Brad Heberlee,

Megan Hill & Elise Kibler

Monday, October 28th | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

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Mother of  Exiles

by Jessica Huang

directed by Tyne Rafaeli

In 1898 California, a pregnant Eddie Loi faces deportation. In 1998 Miami, her grandson Braulio decides who stays and who goes. In 2098 somewhere on the ocean, their descendants sail toward a new country, fleeing climate crisis. Mother of Exiles follows the Loi family’s journey through America across 200 years, as they are ushered along by the spirits of their ancestors.



Camila Canó-Flaviá, Alejandra Escalante, Wei-Yi Lin, Jodi Long, Peter Rini & Ricardo Vazquez

Monday, November 4th | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

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The Lost Or, How to Just B

by Keelay Gipson

The Lost Or, How to Just B is a story about a Black boy trying to find his wings when the world tells him he has none. And Love. Told through hip hop and spoken word, we follow B as he discovers himself, through the city that raised him and the city he has never known.


Paige Gilbert, James Jackson Jr, Anthony Merchant, Avir Mitchell-Townes, Carter Redwood, Xavier Reyes, André Smith, Kara Young

Monday, November 18th | 7:00 pm


The Mainstage Theater

416 West 42nd Street

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a Collaboration with

New York Theatre Salon


Portraits of Religion in

Modern Theater

There are an estimated 4,200 religions worldwide, and although American theater focuses on telling stories about followers of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, some important questions are to be asked. What kind of portrayals are we making in our theater stories, and are these holding truthful to realities of the people who follow them? While some playwrights choose to ridicule organized religion, others seem to focus on one specific belief or perspective of that belief.

Join us for our November panel where will explore the ways various religions are portrayed on stage, and hopefully draw closer to what it means to represent religious faith, its doctrines, and their followers on the theatrical stage.

Panelists will include Will Arbery, Kareem Fahmy, Majkin Holmquist and Kim Snyder.

Friday, November 22nd | 7:00 pm

DGF Music Hall

356 West 40th Street, 2nd Fl

214 West 29th Street

Suite 1001

New York, NY 10001


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