A New Home for The Drama League

May 23, 2014
The Drama League officially dedicated its new home, The Drama League Theater Center. The new, state-of-the-art facility is located on the lobby level of the landmark 32 Avenue of the Americas, in the heart of TriBeCa's arts district on May 23rd. Featuring over 100 annual public performances, workshops, classes, and more, The Drama League Theater Center and its programs bring together world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers all under one roof, serving an estimated 15,000 artists and audience members each year. The centerpiece of The Drama League Theater Center is the FXFOWLE-designed Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab, a flexible-use creative space for the development of new plays and musicals for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for leading theatres around the country. It will house workshops, readings, classes, open rehearsals, symposia, panel discussions, and the new Drama League Resident Artists Program, where selected directors and their collaborators will cultivate new works for the theatre.

The Joseph and Lauren Pizza Welcome Center, also designed by FXFOWLE, will greet guests as they enter The Drama League Theatre Center, where the Founders Wall, Hospitality Lounge, reception amenities, a reservations desk for all events, and the entrances to The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab and the Creative Suites are located. Opening from the completely restored, 1920's Art Deco grand lobby, yet another project completed by FXFOWLE, The Welcome Center will be the crossroads for artists, patrons, VIP guests, and others who are part of The Drama League community.

As part of FXOWLE's ongoing work of design stewardship of this landmark building, the master plan for the new retail storefront was recently unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Committee.