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Due to an unprecedented response to our LIVEART MAY 2016 submissions, we are extending LIVEART into JUNE so that more artists can participate. LIVEART NYC just got bigger and we would love you to participate.

What we are looking for:

Short 1 act plays  (7 - 30 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance by JUNE!

Dance Pieces (3 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!

Performance Art presentation (7 - 15 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.

IMPROV Comedy - (10-15 Minute set) - Whatever happens come May!

Each play/dance/act/presentation/etc will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a LIVE ART performance series.  

Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!!

For more information and submission requirements - Click Here!

Seeking fully produced, 10 minute (or under) 1 act plays 

for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's

10 Minute play Contest.

$250 prize for best 10 minute play production.

July 7 - July 15, 2016

at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 

303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and an additional 4 more performances if your play production goes on to the Semi-Finals and Finals.  For more information and to submit your 10 Minute Play Production - CLICK HERE!

Jennifer Pierro


I just wanted to quickly reiterate how appreciative and grateful I am for the performance opportunity you granted me this past week. It was truly a profound pleasure and privilege being a part of Manhattan Rep's 10th Anniversary Holiday Event, and I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing my piece morph and evolve night to night, especially as the pair of us seemed to be operating on the same "thought plane" in terms of dramatic beats. Such is the beauty and wonder of the Theatre, is it not?

Needless to say, I hope to return to Manhattan Rep with a multiplicity of new performance pieces in the New Year. I love the intimacy of the space, I love the fluidity and professionalism you provide/cultivate, and--above all--I love your passion for new work and budding young artists.

Robert Repici - Creator/Performer of GENESIS

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Carving your path as a new playwright can be overwhelming no matter where you live, but I have found it can be particularly overwhelming in New York City. There are multitudes of opportunities to present your work, and determining which one is the best fit can be a daunting task. 

Upon completing the script for Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat and hosting some informal table-reads at my apartment, I toiled with what my next step would be. I wanted it to be something that would really help my play to grow. I had worked on the script for almost two years, and I felt it deserved a little TLC getting on its feet for the first time. I wanted a safe and nurturing space for the play to take its first steps. A festival with ultra-tight transitions between shows and heavy restrictions on design components didn’t feel like the right place for that to happen. My play had never been performed before, and to try to fit it into such a regimented scheme would be limiting to the process of development I was seeking. Simply put, my young play just wasn’t ready for something like that yet. Thus, I was thrilled to discover Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Development Series.

To begin with, Ken Wolf and his staff were by my side every step of the way, encouraging me and providing solutions from the get-go to the challenges my play presented. From technical suggestions to script consultations, I felt that they were members of my team and that the actual development of my play was their top priority. And Ken was beyond accommodating—any question or need I had was always addressed quickly and with care. 

In addition, Manhattan Rep’s location amongst the big theatres on 42nd Street was a source of pride for me as I invited friends and family to come to my show, and the cleanliness of the theatre itself meant I never had to give any disclaimers to anyone before they arrived.

On the nights of our performances, a full staff took care of tickets, programs, and ushering, so my team and I could concentrate solely on our show with a sense of relaxation. At the end of each performance, we were even able to have a meet-and-greet in the theatre with our audience. No one was rushing us out for the next group to come in and set up (as there was no “next group”), so we really felt that the space was ours and that our event was special.

Without a doubt, I would highly recommend Manhattan Rep to any new playwright or writer developing a new work. Your play will be supported, developed, and promoted by people who know what it’s like to be a playwright in NYC. I could not be happier with my experience in the Spring Play Development Series and would do it again ten times over! Many, many thanks to Ken Wolf and everyone at Manhattan Rep for such a rewarding experience!

Tasha Partee - Playwright/Director/Producer - Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat

When my play "Encanta" was selected for Manhattan Rep's Premiere Play Development Program, I pretty much only expected free performance space and not much help beyond that. The reality was wonderfully different. With less than 6 weeks to go from casting the play and hiring crew, I managed to put together a production that fully realized my vision for the play and did some things that I hadn't expected but that were absolutely wonderful. Ken was present for everything--and I do mean everything--that I had questions about or help with. Without his patience and guidance, I would have made some expensive and embarrassing mistakes for my show. And when my show went up, he was there in the audience laughing and cheering like all the other people who had come to see the show. Having someone on the staff who is as excited about your show as you are means a lot, and it takes so much of the stress out of the production process. It made putting on a play what it should be: memorable, exciting, and fun.

Shawn C. Harris - Playwright/Producer - ENCANTA

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"The flow of creativity at Manhattan Rep is truly amazing. Artistic Director Ken Wolf has tapped into a vortex...From page to stage, actor to audience - we all had a very inspiring experience. It's a magical space." 

Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger (2014)  Playwright/Producer

"Our team for TYBALT & MERCUTIO LIVE! was very proud to be working at MRT, and it proved to be a wonderful experience.  MRT is well organized, welcoming and helpful. The Guidelines document was well written and answered most all of our questions, and seeing the space, so well kept and attractive and located, clearly stated that we had found a wonderful place to work. 

Our performances were all great experiences--imagine Saturday night in New York, with crowds of people unknown to us in the streets, and six floors up, we sit in a quiet room and see a writer's characters come to life in all their detail and humanity--this is the very reason and essence of theatre, and why it is so special in New York. 

Sean O'Casey, the great Irish playwright, once came to Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania, and shouted "Long Live Hedgerow Theatre in the hedgerows of Pennsylvania!"  We are not Sean O'Casey, but we repeat his famous line--Long Live Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 42nd Street in New York! "

Walt Vail - Playwright/Producer "Tybalt and Mercutio Live!

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Roma, the Wonder Dog in As You Like it


Kaitlin Noble, Anthony Logan Cole and Sam Ogilvie in INJUSTICE FOR ALL by Albert Repicci

Anthony J. Ribustello and Ken Wolf in Conversations with Dog


Nearly Naked


Meryl Streep


By Jordyn Taylor     

From the New York Observer

I can’t quite explain how it happened, but last night I found myself performing in my underwear for Meryl Streep.

Well, I can explain part of it—the part thatwasn’t the direct result of the Gods of Off-Off-Broadway Theater.

My good friend Hanah Fazio wrote a play called “The Miss Woman Pageant 2013,” which was accepted into the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One-Act Competition.

 (Click on the link below for the rest of this amazing story!:)




by Artistic Director, Ken Wolf



"We're actors.  

We're the opposite of people."

- Tom Stoppard -


“Every once in a while, something that seems too good to be true actually IS true. Working with the Manhattan Repertory Theatre was effortless and uncomplicated. Their constant support from the moment our play was chosen was amazing - we always felt like we were their highest priority- which is incredible given the large amount of artists they're constantly working with. In addition to the great team of people at MRT, we were given a lovely, intimate, functional space in the heart of the theater district to showcase our work.  Manhattan Repertory Theatre is a diamond in the rough - a group of professional artists truly supporting other artists. Being a part of their play festival has been a dream and a blessing.”

Michael DiFrancisco, Producer/Director -


"Manhattan Rep runs the most well-organized competition I have ever experienced in New York. They are fair to the playwrights who join them, and celebrate good theater with great enthusiasm.  The caliber of work that Manhattan Rep attracts is very high.  I would encourage all good playwrights to give this competition a try."

Chip Bolcik - Playwright/Producer -


WINNER OF THE $1000 cash prize


I highly recommend Manhattan Rep to any artist or company looking to develop their craft in their wonderfully clean, welcoming and intimate space. The process of working at Manhattan Rep is seemless and rewarding. The staff is always available for guidance and support and you will leave knowing that your team and your work were treated with the uptmost respect and care.

John Rotondo - Playwright/Producer  


"Life beats down

and crushes the soul

and art reminds you

that you have one."

 - Stella Adler -

"My experience at Manhattan Repertory Theatre has been extraordinary.  Because of Ken Wolf’s unwavering support, I was able to transform my solo show into a richly layered, multi-character ensemble piece.  Ken fearlessly encourages each playwright to fully engage in their work – from producing to writing to directing to performing, but he is also there every step of the way, tirelessly responding to each question, giving vital advice.  Although this was an incredibly challenging undertaking, I’d remind myself of Ken’s words to me: “think of each hardship as a gift.” His open-minded approach taught me to value each challenge as an integral part of the artistic process, as part and parcel of the organic evolution of what it means to truly develop a play.  I am deeply grateful to both Ken Wolf and Jennifer Pierro for their unique vision and devotion to emerging playwrights."

Anna Fishbeyn - Actor/Playwright/Producer



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Ken Wolf & Roma Pierro-Wolf in Dad and the Dog

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"I need to go where people are serious about acting."

Meryl Streep

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Roma, The Wonder Dog's new YouTube Videos!

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January  27, 2016


ROMA, The Wonder Dog! 

Thank you for your unbounded joy and unconditional love!

(Hey, she likes bread!)


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