About Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Place (between Fulton St. and Lafayette Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
thermometer-68Theatre for a New Audience has begun a new chapter in our history: on October 22, 2013, the Theatre’s new home in the Brooklyn Cultural District was opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Mayor Bloomberg and distinguished guests Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Deputy Mayors Patricia Harris and Richard Steel, DCA Commissioner Kate Levin, naming donors Dr. Leonard Polonsky and Dr. Georgette Bennett, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Tucker Reed, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation Kyle Kimball. Our artistic guests on stage were Theatre for a New Audience Artistic Council Members Julie Taymor and Mark Rylance.  The Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the 299-seat Elizabethan courtyard Mainstage is the first theatre built in New York City for Shakespeare and classic drama since the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center in the 1960s.  We welcome friends, artists and our new community to gather, learn and explore in our first home, a new state-of-the-art theatre dedicated to Shakespeare. To date, the Theatre has raised $66.9 million of a three phase Capital Campaign goal of $69.1 million and less than $2.2 million remains to be raised to complete the campaign during the new theatre’s inaugural season. To find out more, please explore our Vision, Architecture and Engagement pages.

NEH Challenge Grant

In 2011, the Theatre was awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)!  This Challenge Grant requires a 3 to 1 match, leveraging a total of $2,000,000 to support the development, piloting and launch of expanded humanities programs and establish the Fund for Humanities Programs and Publications within the Theatre’s new endowment.  We need your help to complete the $1.5 million match for the NEH to release the full $500,000 award.  To date, we have raised more than $1.4 million…we have less than $100,000 left to raise.  Please help us achieve the match.

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Pictured above: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.