Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new plays and musicals that push the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. We seek to nurture a daring community of theatre makers and audiences, and to lift up voices that resonate far beyond our stage.

We are a community of theatre makers working together to astonish, entertain and challenge audiences. At the Vineyard, artists are encouraged to trust their voice, to dare and to dream. In our theatre, audiences can see the work artists most want to make.

We get to know the work of theatre artists at all stages of their careers. When we dedicate resources to a new work in progress, our process is shaped to the artists and their needs, providing time, space and support to help them realize their vision and to bring it to fruition. We seek to build ongoing relationships with our collaborators, to learn from each other, and grow together. 

The Vineyard opened its doors in 1982 as a multi-art chamber theatre on East 26th Street, with theatre, opera, jazz, and children’s programming. Seven years later, we moved to our current home in Union Square, focusing our mission exclusively on theatre, while retaining the spirit of our early days, infusing theatre with collaborations across art forms. We premiere three new works each season and develop many more. We invite all who want to experience fearlessly made theatre to step into The Vineyard and to be part of our community.

Integrity | Creative Risk-Taking | Nurturing a Diverse Community


The Vineyard’s artistic development programs create significant opportunities for early-career artists and have helped launch the careers of such notable artists as Tarell Alvin McCraney, Rajiv Joseph, Antonette Nwandu, Clare Barron, Liesl Tommy, and many more.



The Vineyard’s education programs expand access to the arts and empower underrepresented voices as future arts workers and audiences. Our education programs for NYC public high school studies serve over 700 students annually.



Since our inception Vineyard Theatre has aspired to live our core values. Four years ago, we took stock of the work needed from within our organization to fully live those values.



Under the artistic leadership of Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Vineyard Theatre has nurtured a community of fearless theatre makers whose work has expanded the form, the field, and the larger culture. Vineyard Theatre has transferred 11 shows to Broadway, seven directly after their acclaimed Vineyard premieres: Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. and Tina Satter’s Is This A Room (both NYT Best Theatre of 2021); Paula Vogel’s Indecent; Nicky Silver’s The Lyons; Kander, Ebb and Thompson’s The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen’s [title of show]; and Avenue Q by Marx, Lopez and Whitty (Tony Award, Best Musical). In recent years, four additional shows launched at The Vineyard have been revived in their first Broadway productions: Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive; Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill; Becky Mode’s Fully Committed; and Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women.

From our home in NYC’s Union Square, The Vineyard develops and premieres new plays and musicals which go on to be seen around the country and the world. Recently, Jeremy O. Harris’ play Daddy (2019) received its London premiere at the Almeida; Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief (2018) and David Cale’s Harry Clarke (2017) were recorded by Audible; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria (2014), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, transferred to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre; Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning Indecent (2016) aired on PBS’s “Great Performances” and was one of the most-produced plays nationwide in 2019; and Colman Domingo’s Dot (2016) is being adapted into an AMC series. The Vineyard’s first major digital work, Lessons in Survival, was named one of the top theatrical experiences of 2020 by The New York Times and has been viewed by audiences in more than 40 countries.

Our work and artists have been honored with numerous awards including Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, and the company is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence and support of artists.

“The Vineyard has an 18-hour-a-day commitment to the writer’s voice that is extraordinary. This theatre has programmed plays that have made a difference in my life year after year after year. They’ve made a difference in my life by giving me a home.”

Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, long-time Vineyard artist collaborator (How I Learned to Drive, Vineyard and Broadway; Indecent, Vineyard and Broadway; The Long Christmas Ride Home.)


Our Board

Annette Stover
Board Chair
Sue Marks
Board President
Mark Lerner
John Barrie
Katie Erbe
Executive Committee At-Large
Bobby Freeman
Executive Committee At-Large
Douglas Aibel
(on sabbatical)
Suzanne Appel
John Coles
Brandon Victor Dixon
Christopher Gould
Ken Greiner
Nancy Heller
Sally Horchow
Judy Kuhn
Cody Lassen
(on sabbatical)
Jaimie Mayer
Joe Morton
Steve Ralbovsky
David Schwartz
Sarah Stern
Rolonda Watts


We’re very proud that artists at all stages of their careers call Vineyard Theatre their home.  For forty years, it has been our goal to give daring artists a safe space to create exhilarating, original theatre. The generous support of our community makes our work possible. Please consider playing your part at The Vineyard with a tax-deductible gift to help sustain our mission.