Humanities at Theatre for a New Audience

Guided by our Council of Scholars, our Humanities programs for adults are designed to invite audiences of all backgrounds to engage with the language and ideas of writers through a variety of free and low-cost public programs, lively post-performance TFANA Talks with scholars and theatre artists, and the 360° Viewfinder Series of online publications providing facts and perspectives on our productions.For more information on these or any of Theatre for a New Audience’s Humanities programming, email

FOLGER-Partnership-logo-white Theatre for a New Audience is proud to be a partner of the Folger Shakespeare Library.


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.

“Theatre for a New Audience is one of America’s most admirable and exciting theatre companies… 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

“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

Above: Emily Gould, Alisa Solomon, Merritt Janson, and Michaël Attias; photo by Gerry Goodstein.