About Public Programs


“Theatre for a New Audience is one of America’s most admirable and exciting theatre companites…some of the best acted and directed work to be found on American stages, engaging with the canon of world dramatic literature in a vigorous way that elicits admiration from all other theatres and is or ought to be the envy of most of them.”

-Tony Kushner

Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities Programs for adults and audiences of all backgrounds are designed to deepen audience engagement with classic works. In 2011, these programs were awarded a $500,000 Challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the expansion of Humanities programming in advance of the Theatre’s relocation to its new facility in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District.

Guided by our esteemed Council of Scholars, the Theatre’s current Humanities Programs include: TFANA Talks, free post-show discussions featuring artists from our productions alongside scholars, writers, and journalists; 360 Series and Folio, free web-based publications featuring contextual information on the play, playwright, and production as well as essays and interviews by prominent scholars; public events bringing together artists, scholars, writers, and other experts in a variety of formats to explore ideas and contextualize issues; and Open Books, free public talks featuring the critical and scholarly voices behind some of the best books newly published in the theater field.

“Shakespeare doesn’t belong to the past. If his material is valid, it is valid now. It’s like coal. The only meaningfulness of a piece of coal starts and finishes with its combustion, giving us light and heat. And that to me is Shakespeare.”

-Peter Brook

“If there’s any company in New York that Elliot Goldenthal and I identify with, it’s Theatre for a New Audience. It’s really family to us. It’s an enabler. It’s not oriented toward the money. It’s aimed toward the work, and that’s refreshing.”

-Julie Taymor


Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities programming receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.