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Season 2: Episode 20: Joe Barros & Jen Sandler Return: New York Theatre Barn, Non-Profit Theatre, Off-Broadway, Lessons Learned

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I’m so excited to welcome back New York Theatre Barn’s Artistic Director Joe Barros & Associate Artistic Director Jen Sandler to discuss the lessons Joe & Jen have learned from running a non-profit theatre.
Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We discussed how New York Theatre Barn pivoted during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Join New York Theatre Barn on Wednesday (5/19) at 7pm for their first Choreography Lab of 2021, JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock, Harmony), Denis Jones (Tootsie, Honeymoon in Vegas), and Lorin Latarro (Mrs. Doubtfire, Waitress) will mentor three choreographers who will create conceptual choreography for a new musical in development called The Lesson. Watch the Choreography Lab virtually on New York Theatre Lab’s YouTube Channel
The Lesson is a reimagining of a chance encounter between a revolutionary Beethoven and a more-established Mozart in Vienna in 1787. Music/Lyrics by Avi Amon and Nolan Doran (Head Over Heels). Book by Ty Defoe (Straight White Men). The show was featured in New York Theatre Barn’s award-winning New Works Series and was included in the Choreography Lab (with choreography by Shiloh Goodin) earlier in its development. The company has partnered with Full Out Creative who will collaborate with the choreographers on filming their pieces.

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More on New York Theatre Barn:
New York Theatre Barn is an anti-racist non-profit theatre company that serves as a home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation. The company has been dedicated to incubating new musicals in front of live audiences since 2007. New York Theatre Barn also values musical theatre as one of the world’s supreme healing tools, and creates space for artists to dream about how beautiful and extraordinary the world can be.
New York Theatre Barn has three innovative core programming platforms that allow them to incubate new musicals in front of a live audience.
New Works Series presents pre-premieres of new musicals in the early stages of development in front of a live and virtual audience.
The Choreography Lab is the only curated choreography platform where choreographers and writers collaborate to develop movement for new musicals during incubation.
Residencies, mainly for new musicals, have been featured in their New Works Series and Choreography Lab. These shows are chosen for further exploration and development which have included readings, table readings, workshops, writers work sessions, and developmental productions.
Click here to find out about their Productions, Projects, & Shows In Development.
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