What is Madness?

New York Madness (NYM) is a community for emerging and established theatre artists. The company was started by a group of playwrights, all facing the same challenge as artists new to New York – how to meet fellow theatre makers.

Going from page to stage within one week with eight short plays written in response to a theme, Madness events create a unique cultural moment for diverse audiences and offer playwrights, directors, and actors opportunities to experiment with new work and cultivate professional relationships in a collaborative environment. NYM is committed to giving early-career writers and directors a chance to see their work onstage in front of an audience; there are no auditions or applications to participate in Madness.

NYM had it’s first season in 2010: four Madness events offered in small studio spaces. In 2016-2017, for its seventh season, NYM became a resident company at the Kraine Theatre, producing eight Madness evenings.  NYM has expanded its reach within the independent theatre community by co-producing with other organizations, such as The Fire This Time Festival and Theatre 167 and soon Ego Actus and LoneStar Theatre Company as well. The independent theatre scene in New York is made up of many small companies and groups, and NYM is where they are all welcome to meet, share resources, create new plays, and reach new audiences.

The playwright’s Mission: Page to Stage within a one week time span. They write a short play and cast it, rehearse it, bring it in on its feet.  The collected works create a kaleidoscope of cultural moments reflecting this moment in time, framed by a THEME that is chosen by the Featured Guest Artist.

New York Madness is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of New York

Madness must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click Here to make contributions in behalf of NY Madness.

New York Madness is a proud member of: LIT and Art/NY

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