Theatre For A New Audience
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Theatre For A New Audience
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Current home of Theatre for a New Audience on Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is a non-profit theater in New York City focused on producing Shakespeare and other classic dramas. Its off-Broadway productions have toured in the U.S. and internationally.[1]


Theatre for a New Audience was founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz with the mission of creating contemporary productions of Shakespeare and other works considered classics in the theatrical canon that would appeal to more diverse audiences.[2][3]

TFANA moved to a new building in 2013 at 262 Ashland Place in Brooklyn, New York.[4] The theatre is named Polonsky Shakespeare Center.[5] In this new location, it is part of an arts and entertainment district in the neighborhood of Fort Greene alongside the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Barclays Center, and the several buildings of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[4] The new building opened with a premiere of Julie Taymor's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.[6] Taymor had previously directed Titus Andronicus for TFANA in 1994.[7]

In 2017, TFANA received a Ross Wetzseon Award at the Obie Awards presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice.[8]


  1. ^ Volz, Jim (2011-07-27). Working in American Theatre: A brief history, career guide and resource book for over 1000 theatres. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408152324.
  2. ^ Brockett, Oscar G.; Ball, Robert J.; Fleming, John; Carlson, Andrew (2016-01-01). The Essential Theatre. Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781305990494.
  3. ^ Engle, Ron; Londré, Felicia Hardison; Watermeier, Daniel J. (1995-01-01). Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313274343.
  4. ^ a b Pogrebin, Robin (2013-10-21). "Theater for a New Audience Opens New Quarters in Brooklyn". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  5. ^ staff (5 September 2013). "With $10 Million Gift, Theatre for a New Audience Home Gets a Name". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "The Verdict: Critics Review A Midsummer Night's Dream, Directed by Tony Award Winner Julie Taymor". Playbill. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Brown, John Russell (2009-06-02). The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare. Routledge. ISBN 9781134146482.
  8. ^ Obie Awards, 2017 Winners.

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