|Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Place (between Fulton St. and Lafayette Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
|Theatre for a New Audience is at a turning point in our history: in April, 2011, we broke ground on our first home after more than 30 years of itinerancy. This summer, we announced a $10 million Naming Gift from the Polonsky Foundation, naming our building Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Located in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, the 299-seat Elizabethan courtyard Mainstage will be 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.To date, the Theatre has raised $65.6 million of a three phase Capital Campaign goal of $68.5 million and is on track to provide New York City and the region with a state-of-the-art theatre dedicated to Shakespeare. Just $5.3 million remains to be raised to complete the campaign and launch the building and inaugural season. To find out more, please explore our Vision, Architecture and Engagement pages.|
NEH Challenge Grant
The Theatre has been 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 over the next three years and establish the Fund for Humanities Programs and Publications within the Theatre’s new endowment. We need your help to raise the $1.5 million needed for the NEH to release the full $500,000 award. To date, we have raised $872,000…we are just over halfway there. Please help us achieve the match.
Click here to find out more about our new programs and to help us match the NEH Challenge Grant.
Construction is nearly complete, and our building will officially open this fall!