Mission & History
Vineyard Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to new work, bold programming, and the support of artists. One of America’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, Vineyard Theatre has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works by both new and established writers. Notable premieres include Kander and Ebb’s THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, Nicky Silver’s THE LYONS, Whitty, Lopez and Marx’s AVENUE Q (Tony Award, Best Musical), and Bowen and Bell’s [title of show], all of which went on to Broadway runs; the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel and THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s WIG OUT!, nine plays by Nicky Silver including PTERODACTYLS and RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, Becky Mode’s FULLY COMMITTED, Craig Lucas’ THE DYING GAUL, Polly Pen’s GOBLIN MARKET, Christopher Shinn’s WHERE DO WE LIVE, Cornelius Eady’s BRUTAL IMAGINATION, Gina Gionfriddo’s AFTER ASHLEY, the Laura Nyro musical ELI’S COMIN’ (5 Obie Awards), Anne Washburn’s THE INTERNATIONALIST, Julia Cho’s THE PIANO TEACHER, Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy’s THE SLUG BEARERS OF KAYROL ISLAND, Jenny Schwartz’s GOD’S EAR and SOMEWHERE FUN, The Civilians’ THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY, Colman Domingo’s A BOY AND HIS SOUL and DOT, Adam Rapp’s THE METAL CHILDREN, Will Eno’s MIDDLETOWN, Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell and Jeff Bowen’s NOW.HERE.THIS., Douglas McGrath’s CHECKERS, Rajiv Joseph’s THE NORTH POOL, John Kander and Greg Pierce’s THE LANDING, Polly Pen and Victor Lodato’s ARLINGTON, Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman’s BROOKLYNITE. This season, The Vineyard’s world-premiere production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ GLORIA (Pulitzer finalist) will transfer to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s INDECENT will open on Broadway. Works premiered at The Vineyard have gone on to be produced across the country and around the world. Vineyard productions have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes, three Tony Awards, and numerous Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, and New York Drama Critics Circle awards, and Vineyard Theatre is proud to be the recipient of special Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for Sustained Excellence. In addition to the shows on our mainstage, Vineyard develops new work all season long and awards the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Susan Stroman Directing Award to gifted emerging artists to create new works in residence. Our award-winning education programs serve more than 500 public high school students each season. It is our goal to bring a spirit of adventure and risk to the art of making theatre, and to produce new work that challenges both our audiences and artists.