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Monday, 13 May 2013 12:00

The Drama League Officially Dedicates New Home The Drama League Theater Center

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

THE DRAMA LEAGUE
OFFICALLY DEDICATES NEW HOME
THE DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
SET FOR THURSDAY, MAY 23RD
AT 32 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

HOSTED BY 2013 TONY® AWARD NOMINEE, JUDITH LIGHT
OBIE AWARD WINNER RACHEL CHAVKIN

NAMED FIRST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

New York, NY (May 13, 2013)The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) will officially dedicate its new home, The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), a new, state-of-the-art facility located on the lobby level of the historic former AT&T Building, in the heart of TriBeCa’s arts district.  Featuring over 100 annual public performances, workshops, classes, and more, The Drama League Theater Center and its programs bring together world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers all under one roof, serving an estimated 15,000 artists and audience members each year.

Hosted by 2013 Tony® Award Nominee, Judith Light, the festivities kick off Thursday morning, May 23rd with the official ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by an Open House Reception with tours of the new multi-use arts space beginning at 3:00 p.m. 

Space is limited is for both events.  To make a reservation, please email your request to Toby Newman Banks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (212) 244-9494.

The centerpiece of The Drama League Theater Center is The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab, a flexible-use creative space for the development of new plays and musicals for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for leading theatres around the country.  It will house workshops, readings, classes, open rehearsals, symposia, panel discussions, and the new Drama League Resident Artists Program, where selected directors and their collaborators will cultivate new works for the theatre.

The Joseph and Lauren Pizza Welcome Center greets guests as they enter The Drama League Theatre Center, where the Founders Wall, Hospitality Lounge, reception amenities, a reservations desk for all events, and the entrances to The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab and the Creatve Suites are located.  Opening from the completely restored, 1920's Art Deco grand lobby, The Welcome Center will be the crossroads for artists, patrons, VIP guests, and others who are part of The Drama League community.

Both The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab and The Joseph and Lauren Pizza Welcome Center were designed by FXFowle, the architects behind Lincoln Center's renovation of Alice Tully Hall, and FisherDachs, co-founded by Jules Fisher, eight-time Tony Award-winning lighting and theatre designer. 

With this opening, The Drama League also launches the new Artist-in-Residence Program,funded in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, that supports the work of culturally significant artists in the middle and final stages of development on a theatrical piece.  Selected artists spend a minimum of four months at The Drama League Theater Center, enjoying major fund support, rehearsal space, workshop production and marketing assistance.  The inaugural 2013 recipient is two-time Obie Award Winner and Drama League Directors Project Alumna, Rachel Chavkin.

Since 1916, The Drama League of New York has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organization.

Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelibly transforms the lives of artists and audiences by harnessing the unique social and creative dynamism of theatre. Its nationally-renowned, award-winning efforts have two vital goals: To train and nurture the artists of tomorrow and to deepen and strengthen the audience experience.

To learn more about The Drama League and its programs, visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

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Judith Light (Host) is currently appearing on Broadway in Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, for which she recently received Tony® and Drama League Award nominations.  Last year, she was awarded the Tony® and Drama Desk Awards for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play” for Other Desert Cities.   Other Broadway credits include A Doll’s House, and Lombardi (Tony®, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, and Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards).  Other credits include Wit (Off-Broadway and National Tour; Helen Hayes and Elliot Norton Awards), Colder Than Here, Sorrows and Rejoicings (Drama League nomination), A.R. Gurney’s Children, Hedda Gabler (Helen Hayes nomination), Guys and Dolls, and Company (L.A. Reprise!).  Television includes “One Life to Live (two Best Actress Emmy Awards), “Who’s the Boss?,” “Phenom,” “The Simple Life,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Ugly Betty” (Emmy nomination), “Nurse Jackie,” “The Exes,” “Dallas,” and the made for TV movies, “The Ryan White Story,” and “A Husband, a Wife and a Lover” (co-executive producer.)

Rachel Chavkin (2013 Artist-in-Residence Recipient) is currently represented Off-Broadway by the Drama Desk and Drama League-nominated hit musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.  She received 2010 OBIE Award for Three Pianos (New York Theatre Workshop) and also directed Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge (HERE).  Ms. Chavkin is the Artistic Director of the internationally renowned devising ensemble, The TEAM.  Under her direction, the company's original work Mission Drift received a Fringe First Award at the 2011 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and is currently enjoying a world tour including Scotland, Austria, Portugal, Australia, Hong Kong, and London's National Theatre.  Ms. Chavkin is a 2004 alumna of The Drama League Directors Project.

As part of her residency, Ms. Chavkin will develop her latest work, RoosevElvis, in collaboration with her company, The TEAM.  RoosevElvis takes on two icons of American masculinity: Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis Presley. On a time-fuzzy road trip that starts in the Badlands of South Dakota and journeys to Graceland in Tennessee, RoosevElvis tracks the two displaced icons – one of whom achieved maximum power at the dawn of the 20th century, and one of whom reached his peak amidst the cultural revolutions of the 1960’s – as they come to terms with their country in the present-day.  RoosevElvis is commissioned by the Bushwick Starr (Brooklyn), Almeida Theatre (London), and The Gate Theatre (London), and will premiere in October at the Bushwick Starr after its development at The Drama League Theater Center.

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