Rare Opportunity to Program and Operate 199-Seat Off-Broadway Theater Greenwich House Releases Request for Proposal

Greenwich House is soliciting proposals to program and operate a 199-seat theater in its main Greenwich Village building at 27 Barrow Street. The venerable West Village settlement house seeks a non-profit theater company partner to occupy the space for its own purposes and productions while working with Greenwich House’s Music School to develop an educational youth theater program. The initial contract period would be five years.  

In its request for proposals, Greenwich House is returning to its roots, offering access to the renowned theater as well as developing a new arts curriculum for youth. 

“It’s not every day that an off-Broadway theater becomes available, let alone in one of the historical artistic centers of the City. We’re very excited at the opportunity to continue to host professional theater while reintroducing accessible children’s theater programming,” said Roy Leavitt, the Executive Director of Greenwich House. 

The RFP will be released on January 17, 2017 and will be available for download, along with complete details and proposal requirements at greenwichhouse.org/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 

Opened in 1917 as the Greenwich House Theater, Greenwich House’s Children Theater program occupied the space beginning in 1921. For over 65 years, under the leadership of Helen Murphy, a children's author and playwright of the 1920s, the theater not only provided a constructive outlet for children of the area’s mostly Italian immigrant families, but its productions received widespread recognition; “Americana” was selected to be performed at City Hall in 1942. The Children’s Theater ceased programming in 1967 following Murphy’s retirement. 

Beginning in the 1970s a series of professional theater companies began operating in the space. The now defunct Sanctuary Theatre, whose members included voice artist Rip Torn and film star Geraldine Page, began productions in 1979. In 1985 Soho Repertory, the -launch pad of the likes of Kevin Spacey, John C. Reilly and Allison Janney moved in, followed by the non-profit Drama Dept. in the 1990s. The Drama Dept., with talent including Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon, was, according The New York Times, part of an elite set of “theaters-to-watch” along with New Group, Naked Angels and the Signature Theater. 

The theater has been occupied by the Barrow Street Theatre company since 2003, with recent memorable performances including “Our Town,” “Buyer and Cellar” and “Tribes”. 

For over a century Greenwich House has served as an artistic incubator for New Yorkers young and old, alike. The organization’s Music and Pottery Schools, Summer Arts Camp, After-School and Senior Centers host classes, concerts, exhibitions, master classes and lectures that make Greenwich House a true center for creative exploration. In addition to its arts programs, Greenwich House’s senior service and behavioral health programs provide services to New Yorkers from all walks of life.

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