"Manhattan Repertory Theatre is one of the most intelligently run small theatres I've ever been in.

It has been a great experience. " 

- Rob Corbett , Playwright/Producer - MAN CAVE -



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So we have moved to our new space at 17-19 West 45th St and it is beautiful.  We are so excited to continue to help develop theatre in the Heart of Times Square, the theatrical center of the universe.  It has been quite a ride and we would like to thank EVERYONE who participated in our Fund, and who helped with our move.  Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!  We were 11 years on 42nd St.  We hope to be another 20 years here in our gorgeous new space.

As we move forward in our new space, we will continue to present new work, but we are also going to add more INTENSIVES - quick and informative seminars, very rarely lasting longer than a week, sometimes just one night, and sometimes actually leading to production, to help playwrights, actors and directors get even better at what they do!  

As part of our new mission, we want to help develop NEW ARTISTS!  We want to give playwrights, actors and directors performance opportunities and we want to help them develop their skills.  

So please check out our new "Intensives" below and on the pages above under Classes.

And if you have any suggestions about what you might need as a LIVE ARTIST, please write us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Thanks for continuing to PLAY with us.  We promise you more good stuff and some exciting performance opportunities too.

Jennifer Pierro and Ken Wolf


Manhattan Repertory Theatre




with Ken Wolf, 

Playwright and Artistic Director 

Manhattan Repertory Theatre


Class Dates and Times:

Saturday Oct. 29 -  11:30 am to 1:30 am

Saturday Nov.5- 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Saturday Nov. 12 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Class fee: $120.00

A complete 6 hour course, over 3 Saturdays, where you will write and bring to life a 10 minute play.  At the end of the course, each 10 Minute play will be given an opportunity to perform in our Fall 10 Minute Play Series week of November 14. 

There are a myriad of theaters today that are seeking 10 minute plays. 

Isn’t it about time you wrote one?  And see it come to life on stage!

This 6 hour course, over 3 Saturdays, will outline the principles of a great 10 minute play and give you the skills to write it and the opportunity to put it up on stage at Manhattan Rep.  

By the end of this 3 Saturday, 6 hour course, you will have written and brought to life a new 10 minute play which, if you want, will be presented for two performances in our Fall 10 Minute Play Series on November 16, 17, and 18.

For complete class overview and to register - Click Here!




with Ken Wolf, 

Playwright and Artistic Director 

Manhattan Repertory Theatre


Class dates and time:

Monday November 7 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Wednesday November 9 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Saturday November 12 - 2 pm to 5 pm

Sunday November 13 - 2 pm to 5 pm

Class fee: $249.00

So you have a dream of writing a play but you just can't seem to get it together? You might have writer's block, or you might be overly judgmental of your writing so you keep stopping, or maybe you just can't find the right idea for your play?  So you feel a bit stuck, for your play just isn't happening?

This 4 session, 12 hour Playwriting course over 1 week just might be your solution! By the end of this course you will have written a 20 - 40 minute 1 act play and you will have a foundation and a technique to easily write more!


For complete class overview and to register, Click Here!


Acting Intensive culminating in 2 performances of the monologue play MEN at Manhattan Rep on Nov. 11 at 12 at 7 pm

Class dates and times:

Thursday November 3 from 6 pm to 10 pm

Friday November 4 from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Saturday November 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Tuesday November 8 from 6 pm to 10 pm

Thursday November 10 from 6 pm to 10 pm

19 hours of instruction and rehearsal over 1 week.


Performance dates: 

Friday November 11 at 7 pm

Saturday November 12 at 7 pm

How do you perform a brilliant monologue? What are the key ingredients to winning an audition? What are the elements to create the PERFECT MONOLOGUE?

THE PERFECT MONOLOGUE will give you the skills to create captivating and compelling monologues and give you the opportunity to perform 2 monologues in the hysterical comedy MEN by Ken Wolf at Manhattan Repertory Theatre on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12 at 7 pm. In this class, you will learn the best practices to perform monologues and get skills and insights to audition and win the role.

Topics covered:
How to present yourself and perform a great audition monologue.
How to create the "Monologue Context."
How to get rid of "Stage Fright." 

Simple techniques to access real emotion.
and techniques to create focus and clarity.
How to really have FUN doing your monologue and more!

This class, which will be taught on the Manhattan Repertory Theatre stage is taught by Manhattan Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Wolf. 


All classes are held at Manhattan Repertory Theatre's NEW theatre space at,
17-19 West 45th St Suite #301. (between 5th and 6th Aves.)

Class Fee: $199.00

To register, Click Here!

Registration is on a paid first-come first-served basis. 

Deadline for Registration is Wednesday November 2 unless we fill up first. 

Space is very limited.

“We loved our experience at MRT! Ken runs such a tight ship, and he does it with great passion and humor. The 10 Minute Play Contest was a blast! We had so much fun doing the show multiple times, and Ken was incredibly supportive of the writers, actors and directors. He clearly loves presenting new theatrical works. And he keeps his theatre immaculate! He is also great with emails - very responsive and specific. Overall a fantastic experience, and I hope to come back again!” 

- Pamela Weiler Grayson - Playwright/Producer -



Manhattan Rep's Fall Play Spectacular at our brand new 52 seat theatre on 45th St. 

You receive 100% of the ticket sales!

Seeking fully produced plays 30 minutes to 90 minutes.

So we have been trying to find a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work.  

So from November 8 - December December 21, we offering our Fall Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For a $500 fee, you get a 2 hour tech dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES!  So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play.  (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a webpage for your show, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a beautiful, clean, new theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 12 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward, 
the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
a synopsis of the play, 
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements, 
your mailing address, 
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by October 31, 2016


Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid November)

10 minute (or under) 1 act plays 

for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's


For more information and to submit your 10 Minute Play - Click Here!

Jennifer Pierro



INHERITANCE - October 22 at 3 pm

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New Theatre Celebration - Series C
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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

Wanna write that play but just can't get it together?

Check out Manhattan Rep's Playwriting Mentoring Program! - click here!



from Artistic Director, Ken Wolf

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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

For more pictures and info on this play - Click Here!


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

Meryl Streep


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