The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s primary focus is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional performing arts communities by providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts. As a result, MESTC is home to theatre scholars, students, playwrights, actors, dancers, directors, dramaturgs, and performing arts managers, as well as both the local and international theatre communities. The Center presents staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, lecture series, televised seminars featuring professional and academic luminaries, and arts in education programs.

We live-stream many of our events.
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Richard Gough, The Last Supper

Theatre in the United States is as various as the country’s people. Recognizing that diversity wears many faces, MESTC organizes readings, performances, and panels that address the question of how artists make theatre in this country.

Next Event: February 9 - 
Crisis to Creation: A Town Hall on the Future of New York City Theatre

Haresh Sharma’s Gemuk Girls Photo by Ming Caleb/SURROUND

Providing opportunities for people to learn and communicate about varieties of art and culture, the Center’s world theatre programs bring contemporary theatre to the fore, while acknowledging the traditions of the past.

As a publisher, the Center supports and celebrates publishing for the theatre, presenting new anthologies and hosting book launches as part of its ongoing commitment to theatre and text.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center gathers together scholars from between disciplines, across national boundaries and—of course—from the deep resources of the Graduate Center itself to add to the collective knowledge on things theatrical and performative.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents screenings to supplement its live programming—offering a chance to experience artists’ work in its original context, archival rarities from our scholars’ vaults or multimedia work that is itself an experiment in projection.