Calling All Big Dreamers: Be Part of the the PlayLab Class of 2020

We are thrilled to now be accepting applications for the PlayLab Class of 2020! Now entering its seventh year, the PlayLab is a playwrights group that aids and encourages artists in growing their biggest, wildest ideas into imaginative and daring new plays. Through monthly meetings, workshop-events, and an artistic retreat, each writer is supported in developing their ambitious initial concept into a new script. At the end of the year, each playwright will have the opportunity to present their script as part of Pipeline’s Week of Extraordinary Risk. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2019, 11:59PM ET.

Learn More & Apply

In line with our vision, we want you to send us your most impossible idea for a play that you are dying to write. We are looking for plays that bend the rules, and playwrights who crave a space in which they can dive into new, uncharted territory. We are interested in fostering projects in their earliest stages of conception – the closer you are to first putting pen to paper, the better!

PlayLab playwrights should be excited to work within a collaborative group atmosphere, and enjoy providing and receiving constructive feedback. We pay special attention to building a dynamic cohort and encourage playwrights of all races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, physical presentation, and educational and professional backgrounds to apply.

Though the primary aim of the PlayLab is to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished plays, our secondary aim is to expand each playwright’s creative network, and in doing so also build Pipeline’s community. Through Week of Extraordinary Risk, Springboards, and the retreat, we introduce our PlayLab playwrights to our large and vibrant artistic network, while also inviting each playwright to bring in their own contacts to work with us. In this way, PlayLab playwrights can expect to walk away from the program with an exciting new roster of artists to work with for years to come.











Photo by Ahron R. Foster

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Online Auction: Launching Today! 🚀💫

At our upcoming 10th Anniversary Gala, we’ll have lots and lots of glamorous prizes. But you don’t have to wait until this Sunday.

Our CharityBuzz online auction has launched! Right now, this minute, you have access to our most luxurious offerings!

Wanna hold out for the Gala? That’s cool too. Click here for a listing of our silent auction prizes, including a Hudson Valley getaway, tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Broadway with a backstage tour, and an exclusive tour of New York Public Radio Studios!


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Sponsor An Artist

“If you are serious about it, art helps make sense of the world.” – Geoff Berman, Pipeline Board Chair

Every year, we gather together to celebrate our talented, profound, vital artistic community. Without the brave, bold artists who pour their passion into each and every production, Pipeline would not exist.

We want to give back to our artistic community and ensure they are able to celebrate with us at our 10th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, Feb 10. We invite you to join us, and consider sponsoring an artist with a ticket to the gala.

When you give this gift to a member of our artistic community, you’ll help ensure that the people who are critical in creating our stunning stage productions are able to celebrate our first decade milestone with us.


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Breaking: Our Gala Artists

We can’t wait to brunch with you on Sunday, February 10! There will be uplifting speeches, extravagant prizes, and sweeping performances featuring the most magical moments from throughout Pipeline’s first decade of groundbreaking work.

Scroll down for a glimpse of this year’s remarkable performer line-up, featuring some of NYC’s boldest and bravest emerging voices.



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A Spectacular Auction!

We have a magnificent afternoon in store for you at our 10th Anniversary Gala on February 10th. There will be brunch, an open bar, heartwarming speeches, sweeping performances … and that’s not all!

When you join us at our annual gala and you’ll have the opportunity to go home with absolutely fabulous auction prizes including VIP tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (with backstage tour!), an exclusive tour of New York Public Radio studios, and so much more. Scroll down to learn more and get your tickets today!

Two VIP Tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Broadway with Backstage Tour | Value: Priceless
Phantom Broadway is the musical all others are measured against. The timeless story, the unforgettable score, and an undeniable obsession that could never die. Phantom is now in its 31st glorious year on Broadway, is the winner of 70 major theatre awards, and has been seen by more than 140 million people. This package comes with two VIP tickets to the show, plus an exclusive backstage tour and signed Playbill.

Exclusive Tour for Two of New York Public Radio | Value: Priceless
New York Public Radio is home to three of the country’s leading public radio stations – WNYC FM, WNYC AM and WQXR FM – as well as New Jersey Public Radio and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the home of popular podcasts, including 2 Dope Queens, RadioLab, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Death, Sex, & Money, Snap Judgement, and Freakonomics Radio.

Two VIP Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers | Value: Priceless
With his signature monologue and sharp newsy segments like “A Closer Look,” Seth Meyers hilariously breaks down the day’s biggest stories and takes the current political circus head-on. He then welcomes Hollywood’s most beloved A-list guests, as well as people not seen anywhere else in late night, like political figures and other interesting newsmakers. With fan-favorite comedy segments that become viral sensations, and the talented 8G band at his side, Seth consistently brings home the last laugh.

Dinner and a Show for Two at 54 Below | Value: $300
Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, offers an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world class dining in an elegant setting. Steps from Times Square, the club is known as Broadway’s living room, a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences alike. With pre-theatre dinner offered nightly from 5pm, Feinstein’s/54 Below has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues.

2 Pairs of Minnetonka Moccasins | Value: $186
Since 1946, Minnetonka has been a staple of American style for men, women & kids. They remain a proudly independent, 4th generation family-run business that is dedicated to preserving the unique hand craftsmanship of their products. Minnetonka’s sustainable employment practices ensure that they’ll continue to produce the highest quality products for generations to come.

Four Night Mountain Escape in Napanoch, NY | Value: $800
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a four night cabin stay on a beautiful hillside. Just a two-hour drive from the city, you’ll enjoy mountains, sunset views, open meadow, woods and nearby hikes, farms stands, and antique stores. Dogs are welcome – great for cookouts! Ready for some peace and quiet? We’ve got it for you.

Modo Yoga 1 Year Membership | Value: $1,099
Modo Yoga studios are community hubs where yoga is just the beginning. Every studio in their community is guided and inspired by 7 philosophical pillars: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace. This prize includes a one-year membership to yoga classes rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts.

One 1-Hour Composing Lesson with Dave Malloy | Value: Priceless
Dave Malloy, the genius mind behind the music for 2017’s Beardo and Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 will teach you to compose! Can you imagine a better instructor? We certainly can’t. You’ll meet with Dave in person for a one-hour session. Dave is able to specialize the lesson to your skill level, but this is experience is best suited for an individual with some composition background, even if you’ve only written a song or two.

Pair of Tickets to 2econd Stage’s Dying City | Value: $198
Christopher Shinn’s intimate and compassionate play, Dying City, is set in a spare Manhattan apartment, where a young widow receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband. Dying City explores the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three unforgettable characters in this 2008 Pulitzer finalist from “one of our most provocative and probing playwrights” (The New York Times).

4 Premium Tickets to Ars Nova’s The Mad Ones | Value: $150
The Mad Ones are a New York City-based company dedicated to creating visceral, ensemble-driven, highly detailed theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia. The Mad Ones are company-in-residence at Ars Nova.

Exclusive Tour of Li-Lac Chocolates’ Brooklyn Factory and Gift Basket | Value: $1100
Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, in operation since 1923. They make old-world artisan chocolate in small batches for exceptional quality and superior taste – using original recipes, time-honored techniques, and quality ingredients. Their selection of fresh chocolate – more than 120 items – is one of the largest selections of fresh gourmet chocolate in America. Every delicious item is made by hand, locally in New York City, and guaranteed for freshness. This package comes with a VIP tour of the Li-Lac Chocolate factory in Brooklyn for up to 8 people, plus the coveted NYC Chocolate Gift Basket (weighing in at just over 3.5 pounds, also from Li-Lac).

Annabel Ingall Bag & Clutch | Value: $695
This prize is comprised of two pieces from luxury handbag designer Annabel Ingall‘s collection. Currently available in over 400 specialty boutiques throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan, the Isabella Tote is the perfect everyday item. The Colette Clutch doubles as an oversized wallet and quickly catches the eye when at the bottom of one’s tote. Made from first-selection Italian leather and known for their vivid and wide array of colors, the bags’ understated simplicity and classic silhouettes are infused with a burst of Australian energy and informality.

Pair of Tickets to Atlantic Theater Company’s The Secret Life of Bees | Value: $200
A world premiere musical written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat), with music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home); based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

Pair of Tickets to Disney Theatrical’s Aladdin | Value: $300
Discover a whole new world at Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

LinguaFranca NYC Sweater | Value: $380
Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters, all hand-stitched by women in NYC. These luxurious cashmere sweaters, available for all genders, have been worn by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) on the Golden Globes red carpet, Gloria Steinem at the premiere of On the Basis of Sex, Tim McGraw, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Stacy London (What Not to Wear), Alyssa Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Sarah Sophie Flicker (Tiny Furniture), Savannah Guthrie (Today), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), P!nk, Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and many more!

1 Hour Tarot Reading by Wren Reading | Value: $100
Briana is a Brooklyn based intuitive reader. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She attended the Soul Tarot School founded by Lindsay Mack, has studied astrology under John Marchese and homeopathy/herbal medicine under J.J. Pursell (naturopath and founder of the Herb Shoppe) and Peeka Trenkle (homeopath and herbalist). In addition to her readings she offers monthly New Moon ceremonies for women out of her Brooklyn home.

Kerry Ipema 1 Hour Solo Show & Dramaturgy Session | Value: Priceless
Have you ever thought about creating a solo show? Not sure what you want it to be about? Don’t know where to start? Kerry Ipema is offering an hour and half session to explore ideas, write, and create a plan of writing your own show! She performs and co-wrote One Woman Sex and the City which recently ran off-Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theatre and she wrote and performs Sex Ed which was self-produced in Orlando and Canada.

Pair of New Victory Tickets | Value: $94
In 1995, The New 42nd Street launched the revitalization of 42nd Street by creating The New Victory Theater, New York City’s first and only nonprofit performing arts venue for kids and families. The New Victory showcases artistic disciplines and traditions from a multitude of cultures because audiences of all ages deserve theatrical stories and experiences that spark the imagination and broaden our understanding of the world and our place in it.

Pair of New York Theatre Workshop Tickets | $60
New York Theatre Workshop is in its fourth decade of providing a home to artists to hone their creative voice, a space for them to develop their projects and a platform to produce groundbreaking work. NYTW has produced over 150 new works including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown; eight collaborations with Caryl Churchill; and eight productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 17 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Pair of VIP Tickets to Kinky Boots | $499
Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common—or so they think!

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Geoff Berman: If you are serious about it, art helps makes sense of the world

If you are serious about it, art helps make sense of the world. Ten years ago (!!) a group of earnest young 20-somethings entered my classroom at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School and announced they’d formed their own theater company. That left me with little to do. The purpose of the class was to cajole them into forming one, on the theory that supporting them as they created their own work during their final year of school would provide a useful map for navigating their artistic dreams afterward – in the big bad world.

But this group was ahead of the game then, as they are now. They didn’t need the speech encouraging to get over whatever tensions had built up over two years together as college theater students at NYU, and work together to put on a play. They were ready to get on with the work. They’ve always been serious about make believe.

And so, ten years on, though I’ve long been their cheerleader, and then board member, and now Board Chair, Pipeline has always given me more than I’ve given them – something to watch and wonder at and admire. As my professional life has moved farther away from theater, they are my pipeline to a world I often miss, where art wrestles with life. If you are reading this, then they’ve been that for you, too, in some way. So as the wild ride of 2018 winds down, and an unknown 2019 ramps up, what better time to support those building meaning, distraction, and serious entertainment out of nothing?

Geoff Berman
Board Chair, Pipeline Theatre Company
Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee

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Claire Rothrock: This is why Pipeline is so unique, they specialize in “Yes!”

As an emerging artist, the most difficult thing to find is a place where people will tell you “Yes.” It seems like a simple thing, a quick answer; but it’s often tricky to come by, especially in the theater. This is what artists are searching for, people who can enthusiastically say, “Yes!”

But yes is hard. And look, we get it, the reasons for “No” are plentiful: You’re too green! It’s too weird! There are too many actors! It’s too expensive! We don’t have the Budget! There are too many writers! Scaffolding? In a Church?! Too many wigs! And on, and on, and on…

This is why Pipeline is so unique, they specialize in “Yes!” From their PlayLab series where they champion new writers, to their ambitious main stage productions where they challenge the notion of what a young company is capable of, they are constantly and unabashedly in the business of saying, “YES”.

And this has meant they have helped launch and championed the careers of so many exciting artists. They make it possible for writers, actors, designers, directors, and musicians to dream and take risks and ask for horns to be sewn into the costumes or a New Orleans-style second line to lead the audience to the show. Pipeline says “Yes” because they believe in artists and they believe that great art happens when you take a risk together and jump in.

“Yes” is a gift and one that I know Pipeline wants to keep offering. For that reason, I hope you will also say “Yes” to Pipeline by donating to their campaign. I can tell you that your donation will go towards creating something that you’d never thought possible. You’ll be helping Pipeline say “Yes” to many more artists and that is pure theater magic.

Claire Rothrock
Pipeline Ensemble Member



Top Photo by Kristin Goehring
Bottom Photo by Suzi Sadler, “Clown Bar” (2015)

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Mike Brun: Bet on collaboration, bet on Pipeline

If you’re reading this, I’m betting you’ve already heard of Pipeline Theatre Company. Duh. And I’m betting you’ve seen at least one of the many fantastic shows they’ve produced these past 10 years. Myself, I’ve taken part creatively in two of them – so far. (Folk Wandering and The Gray Man, for those of you keeping track at home. Oh, and my cornet also had a star turn in the 2016 workshop performance of Playing Hot.)

Ok, so anyway, that Pipeline show you saw. I’ll bet that was probably some unique theater. You’ve been to theater shows before, sure, but there was something special at that Pipeline show you caught, wasn’t there? Maybe it was even the stage itself that was unusual: a church in north Brooklyn, a slinky speakeasy just off Houston. Perhaps it was in a theater, but the set design was something you’d never seen before: tenement apartments almost floating in an inky black expanse, or an ancient, mythical land in a hermetic high-rise office space.

And I’ll bet the cast was virtuosic. Funny. Mesmerizing. I’ll bet the storylines were unpredictable, yet truthful. Supernatural, but somehow human. I would bet you left the show full of feelings and questions and ideas. Maybe you felt like the unique, boundary-pushing, near impossible things you saw were what got you reflecting so deeply as you left.



Theater is the collaborative art. Good, productive, moving theater is achieved via collaboration, and proper collaboration requires placing a high value on process. And make no mistake, it’s very easy for productions to become results-oriented as opposed to process-oriented. Fans get vocal; contemporary trends that don’t really fit your work are tempting to follow; and of course, seats need butts. Collaboration is the much harder choice. There’s more uncertainty. There’s less control. But the truth is that when Process & Collaboration are valued higher than the product, it’s a safe bet that artists end up making their best work.

These values are something Pipeline has consistently upheld, and it’s a philosophy that is practiced all the way at the top of the organization. Ari Schrier & Natalie Gershtein – Artistic and Producing Artistic Directors of Pipeline, respectively – are not only strong entrepreneurs, strong women, strong theater minds, they’re also such strong collaborators. Every time I’ve worked with them, they have invited me to dream big. Unconditionally. And whenever my fellow artists and I have shared dreams, they talked about “how” the dreams could be realized, not “whether.” They helped create productive, driven, diverse teams for all the lighting adjustments, costume fittings, budget meetings, emails, rehearsals, philosophical debates, literal heavy lifting, emotional heavy lifting, hammering, sawing, choreography brush-ups, conversations over lunch, late night roundtables, all-nighter sewing sessions, frantic cab rides, and years of developmental workshops. They offered more questions than orders. Time and time again, in the face of uncertainty, Ari & Nat have worked to maximize collaboration and process: they bet on the artists over the content, on means rather than ends, on journey over destination. And time and time again, Pipeline as a company has delivered great theater to New York City.

Now it’s our turn to bet on Ari & Nat. To bet on Pipeline. It’s quite a special time to be making theater, and Pipeline is positioned to produce better and deeper work than ever. Is that a future I’m rooting for? You bet.

I hope you’ll join me this holiday season in placing your bets on Ari & Nat. Bet on Pipeline.

Mike Brun

Top Photo by Sasha Arutyunova.
Bottom Photo by Suzi Sadler from Folk Wandering (2018).

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Cristina Pitter: Theatre that is epic and innovative

The big brass sounds could be heard from far away. A relentless rhythm of joy conjuring up even the most dreary of souls to move and groove. A wave of unbridled passion and boundless laughter moving through the streets, gathering up more power with every two step and twirl of the umbrella raised high in the second line. Those in the know joined in time and strangers in awe followed the crowds into a makeshift dance hall in the hopes of finding out what this massive spectacle was all about.

I suppose you want to know this was too. You must be just a bit curious, yes? Well before I get too ahead of myself, my name is Cristina Pitter and I am a big fan (and new ensemble member!) of the reason you’re even reading this: Pipeline Theatre Company.  And what I’ve been raving about is a show that I have been obsessed with since its first iteration two years ago. A show that created beautiful friendships and necessary intersectional conversations that continue to grow and inform us as artists and people of the world. A show that I KNOW you will swoon, scream, and shout over as it explodes with an exhilarating breath of life and bodies literally leaping and jumping off platforms in time to music. I’m speaking of none other than Playing Hot, a wild creation exploring the history of Buddy Bolden and the birth of jazz in New Orleans. I seriously get chills just thinking about it. Moreover, my heart bursts with an absurd amount of love knowing that because of Pipeline Theatre Company, the world (well folks who come to NYC) will get to experience this event so soon!


I am thrilled to be a part of Pipeline and to be working among those who believe in creating theatre that seems impossible. And Playing Hot is a show that definitely fits that criteria and honors everything that Pipeline is: a company that is gloriously courageous. A company that creates theatre that is epic and innovative. A company that pushes the imagination in all senses. I cannot wait to share this show with you all. And in order to do that, we need your help. We need your bright faces in the audiences. We need your support in spreading the good word. And like all things in this world, we need that coin to keep the lights on, the drinks flowing, and the magic bursting from every seam as we head into our 10th Anniversary.

Let’s make this season the best and boldest one yet.

Much love,


Top Photo by Julia Anrather
Bottom Photo by Marcus Middleton, Playing Hot (2016)

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Annie Tippe: Fearless in their fight for artists

Us: “Hey Pipeline! We have this musical. We started writing it 8 years ago. We’ve got 10 or so composers on it. It’s filled with impossible moments to stage, and it definitely requires one non-negotiable sequence with roller skates. And so sorry, we forgot to mention, but there is a MASSIVE fire, and a song with a cosy little leprosy interlude. Oh, and so silly of us not to mention… we’d love to do it soon?”

Pipeline “Would March work?”

My name is Annie Tippe, and I am a director working here in New York and wherever else they’ll have me. I am also a composer, and had my work featured alongside a tremendous group of composers on Pipeline’s last main stage, Folk Wandering, directed by Andrew Neisler with a book by Jaclyn Backhaus. I have been collaborating with many of the Pipeline crew for years. As both individuals and as a collective, this group of people is fearless in their fight for artists to make the things they thought were impossible. Pipeline gave me the opportunity to explore a side of my artistic self that I rarely visit, that of making music. Before this opportunity, I considered it impossible that my work as a composer could be featured anywhere beyond the bowels of my iPhone voice memos.

Pipeline gave me, and our terrific team, the validation and encouragement that working in a non-traditional way was in fact our greatest asset.

Folk Wandering was made out of a deep sense of collaboration and delight in combining wildly different artistic sensibilities in order to make a greater story about America’s past, present and future. Pipeline celebrated the impossible nature of our show, and the sheer volume of our team. They never said No. They always found a way to say Yes. They are responsible and realistic, but their primary focus is on fulfilling those magic middle-of-the-night-fever- dream-quick-get-a-pen-Ah-ha! moments that in any other circumstance, you write off as “too big” to dare pursuing.

A company that dreams big and lets their artists dream GIGANTIC deserves our support. It’s worth the incorrect grammatical use of “gigantic” just to communicate how serious I am about Pipeline’s value in this community. I am so honored to have had the chance to work with them, both as a director and as a composer, and I warmly encourage you to consider donating in whatever way you can. I promise you, however you’re able to support Pipeline, you will see that contribution manifested in some bold way, by some very bold artists. Thank you, and cheers to a new year of more big, bold and adventurous art!

Top Photo by Jordan Geiger.
Bottom Photo by Suzi Sadler from Folk Wandering (2018).

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