About Us

Getting here

Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion. We are easily accessible by car, bus and subway.

Directions From Subway

From Manhattan/Long Island City: Take the Queens-bound E or F train and transfer at 74th Street-Broadway for the Flushing-bound 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point station. Turn left out of the turnstiles, following signs to LIRR/Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Free Shuttle Service

Proceed to street level at the Mets-Willets Point station and pick up our free Shuttle Bus, which makes stops right outside the station approximately every 10 minutes beginning one hour prior to curtain for all Queens Theatre shows. Note that unless specified the shuttle does not run for other events at Queens Theatre. If you'd prefer to walk, take the boardwalk from the station past the USTA National Tennis Center. At the end of the boardwalk, follow the tree-lined path on your right to the Unisphere, then bear left toward the towers.

Directions By Car

From Midtown Manhattan: Take the Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway (I-495 E). Take Exit 22B, merge on Grand Central Parkway West. Take exit 9P and follow the signs to Queens Theatre.

From Brooklyn: take the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (I-278 E) and exit 35E to Long Island Expressway East (I-495 E). Take exit 22B Grand Central Parkway West. Merge on Grand Central Parkway, take exit 9P and follow the signs to the theatre.

From Upper Manhattan and the Bronx: Take the RFK bridge to Grand Central Parkway East. Take Exit 9E, stay in the right lane after the exit and follow the signs to Queens Theatre.

From Long Island: Take Grand Central Parkway West. Take Exit 9P and follow the signs to the theatre.

Parking is always FREE.

Take a Cab

For a low price and great service to Queens Theatre from all areas of NY or NJ call Cibao car service at 718.478.3223. Mention Queens Theater and save 10%! Rates from Manhattan range from $32-45.


Box Office Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Our Box Office opens 2 hours before every show.

Our Mission

Queens Theatre is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. Queens Theatre’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.

Tickets

Tickets for Queens Theatre’s Dance performances start at $20 for front sides, $25 for rear sides and $42 for regular seating. 

Tickets for Theatre performances start at $20 for front sides, $25 for rear sides and $40 for regular seating. 

Family Series tickets are $15. A Family Fun Pack costs $100 for 10 tickets that may be used at any Family Series show during the season. 

 

Here are ways to get even lower-priced tickets at Queens Theatre:

- Senior (60+) and Student discounts: 10 percent off any ticket (buy tickets in person at our Box Office - valid photo I.D. required).

- Membership discount: 20 percent off all tickets (excluding Titan Theatre Co.), limit two tickets per performance. 

Playwrights Welcome is a program to provide free access to theatre for Dramatists Guild of America Members, developed by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists. For more information on this national program, please click here. Please call the Box Office on the day of the performance to confirm availability. Two tickets per member. 

*Only applies to our Theatre and Dance Series.
Discounts on Queens Theatre tickets can't be combined.

 

Our Box Office is open Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm and two hours before all Queens Theatre Shows. 

- All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable.

- Food, drinks, cameras and recording devices are prohibited in the theatre.

- Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager.

- Ticketed seat locations are not guaranteed past curtain time.

- No tickets exchanges the day of the show.

 

For more information, contact the Box Office at 718-760-0064 or by email at boxoffice@queenstheatre.org

Accessibility

Queens Theatre is fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs, including wheelchair seating. When purchasing tickets, let the Box Office Staff know and they will reserve those seats for you. 

We provide ASL interpreters at selected performances. Our Family Series also includes sensory-friendly productions. 

Queens Theatre recently extended its accessibility services to include Audio Description, a service which enhances the theatrical experience for blind and visually impaired audiences through the use of special listening devices and an Audio Describer. The Describer, from a remote tech booth, speaks into a microphone which is connected to headsets worn by the visually impaired patrons both before the show begins, and between some lines to describe entrances, exits, and actions of the actors.

 

 

Membership 2019-2020

Become a Queens Theatre member for $50 and enjoy the following benefits:

- Member pricing: 20 percent off all tickets (excluding Titan Theatre Company), limit two tickets per performance.

- All Box Office fees waived.

- Four pre-show drink tickets for use at our lobby concession stand.

- Invitation to special Members-only events.

 

To purchase a membership click HERE.

Or call or Box Office at 718.760.0064 for more info.

 

History

Queens Theatre began as the Theaterama, one of three structures designed by renowned modernist architect Philip Johnson to comprise the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. Its neighbors were the triple Astro-View towers, with its 226 and 181-foot high observations decks and 85-foot high restaurant and lounge, and the Tent of Tomorrow, a massive open-air pavilion with a multi-colored fiberglass roof and large-scale map of New York State on its terrazzo floor.

While the Theaterama showed a 360-degree panoramic film on the State of New York inside, its exterior was an equally impressive sight: its façade was adorned with large-scale original artwork by some of the most famous pop artists of the day, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Ellsworth Kelly.

When the fair closed in 1965, the pavilion was one of the few structures spared demolition.

In 1972, Theaterama was converted from a movie theatre to a live entertainment venue. After being managed by a number of organizations, Queens Theatre was officially established in 1989 and, after a $4 million renovation, Queens Theatre officially opened on October 16, 1993 with a gala performance hosted by Kitty Carlisle Hart that honored Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.

Today, Queens Theatre is a vibrant performing arts center with three performance spaces: its 472-seat mainstage theatre, 99-seat studio theatre and its intimate cabaret & cocktail bar. The theatre is committed to presenting world-class theatre, music and dance as well as programming that reflects the diversity of the community that supports it.

Queens Theatre is also one of the only performing arts center in the borough that actively develops new works through two New Play Development programs, including Inmigrant Voices Project, a program that develops work that represent the rich cultural diversity of New York City. More than 75 new plays have received staged readings and productions at Queens Theatre, most notably Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, which premiered on Broadway in 2011 in a production that starred Robin Williams and directed by Moises Kaufman.

Staff

Administration

Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director

Community

Dominic D'Andrea, Director of Community Engagement
Gregg Mozgala, Director of Inclusion
Fernando Blanco, Community Outreach Manager

Development

Bernadette Ott, Devleopment Manager

Education

Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education

Finance

Alexis Lubin, Finance Manager

 

 

 

Marketing

Kevin Zimmerman, Marketing Manager

Programming

Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development

Box Office

Gabriel Rodriguez, Box Office Supervisor
Angelica Aviles, Box Office Assistant
Brandon Paltoo, Box Office Assistant


Front of House

Willy Mosquera, House Manager
Danisse Toro, Associate House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Robert Lavin, Shuttle Service

Operations

Jay Rogers, General Manager/Director of Operations
Connie Baker, Rentals & Events Manager
Mike Lawler, Operations Coordinator
Art Wallace, Facility Maintenance
Charles Bennett, Building Attendant
Jorge Toro, Building Attendant

Production

Victor Catano, Production Manager
Steve Wolf, Assistant Production Manager
Mike Waschenko, Sound Supervisor

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Gary Kesner | President

Tracy Capune | Vice President

Bruce Levine | Treasurer

Mark Misk | Secretary

Alfonso Quiroz 

Frances A. Resheske | President Emeritus

Georgiana Benatti | Member

Bob Blenderman | Member

Steve Chen Member

Linda DeSabato | Member

Salvatore DiMartino | Member

Matthew Lawrence | Member

Susan B. Lipsky Member

Irene Zoupaniotis | Member

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioEx-Officio Member

Commissioner Tom FinkelpearlEx-Officio Member

Queens Borough President Melinda KatzEx-Officio Member

Commissioner Dorothy LewandowskiEx-Officio Member

 

Rentals

Four versatile spaces that together can accommodate virtually any private event, including corporate meetings and business conferences,weddings, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, receptions, concerts, workshops and more.

Easily accessible by all major highways that traverse Queens as well as the MTA #7 Flushing Line and various bus routes. Centrally located between LaGuardia and JFK Airports. ADA compliant. Ample convenient, and free parking. Comfortably heated and air conditioned.

Queens Theatre’s skilled technicians and courteous staff will work with you to make your event successful and one you will not forget.

For more detailed information and a complete listing of our available inventory, please contact :

Connie Baker
Email: cbaker@queenstheatre.org
Phone: 347-472-3724

Main Stage Theatre

Seating capacity: 472

Stage: 50' wide x 29' 6" deep at center

Proscenium: 24' high x 38' 8" wide

Five (5) dressing rooms that can accommodate up to 46 performers, restrooms with showers and a green room

Harlequin gray/black reversible dance floor available

Full complement of lighting, sound and projection equipment, risers and soft goods

At 472 seats, our Mainstage Theatre has the ability to make each of your guests feel like they have the best seat in the house. Renovated in 1993, the Mainstage features a proscenium/thrust stage, lavish legroom and an intimate feel that make this the perfect venue for your next seminar, product launch or full theatrical production.

Studio Theatre

Seating capacity: 90 on portable risers

Room dimensions: 36' x 50'

Ceiling height: 11' 10";
Height to bottom of grid: 10' 51/2"

Two black full stage curtains and white 
cyc available

Shares dressing rooms and green room
with the Mainstage Theatre

Concrete floor with black plywood
surface

Full complement of lighting and sound
equipment

This 90-seat, “black box”-style theatre is a flexible space outfitted with stage lighting and sound equipment that can assist in taking your event to new heights. Capable of hosting everything from a lecture or workshop to an intimate theatrical production with proscenium, thrust or in-the-round seating.

Cabaret

Seating capacity:
50-55, plus seating at the built-in-bar

Semicircular room, approximately 44'
wide by 27' deep

Stage dimensions:
8' deep x 12' wide x 8' high. Can be
expanded by reducing seating capacity

Full lighting grid; height 11' 6' at one 
end, 14' 2" high over the stage

Full complement of lighting and sound 
equipment, including projection
capabilities with built-in automatic
screen

Dark tones and adjustable lighting create a swanky setting for a private VIP event, pre– or post-show reception or company cocktail party. This hot spot, with its built-in bar and  exible seating, can turn your next birthday party or business presentation into an event to remember. Seating Capacity: 60.

The Lobby

Also available:
Complete box office services

2 Yamaha U1H upright pianos,
1 Steinway Baby Grand Piano

20 orchestra stands and 50 deluxe
stage chairs

Additional musical equipment available

Washer, dryer, steaming and ironing
equipment

Portable 4x6 and 4x8 risers with
heights of 8", 16", 24" and 32"

15" x 96" and 30" x 96" folding tables,
and 24" square pedestal tables

Built in 2010, our award-winning glass-walled lobby, with its sweeping views of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, provides the perfect spot for any gathering. With an open floor plan, Italian marble floors and sleek modern design, this bright, airy, 2,800 square foot space can accommodate sit-down dinners, cocktail receptions and more.

New Play Development

New American Voices (NAV), Queens Theatre's new play development program, is dedicated to supporting writers who represent the rich cultural diversity of the evolving populations of the borough of Queens, New York City and the United States.  Since its inception in 2002, approximately 100 new works have received Play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions on Queens Theatre's three stages (click here for a full list). Audiences have the unique opportunity to participate directly in the development process through post-show discussions with the playwrights, directors and actors. 

 

 

Unlike many New York City play development programs, which present Play Readings to industry "insiders," New American Voices’ audiences are a diverse and dedicated group of theatergoers who cross ethnic, economic, and generational lines. Many writers whose early drafts or premiere productions of their work were presented through NAV have gone on to prominent careers in theatre, including Kristoffer Diaz, Qui Nguyen, Heather Raffo, Rajiv Joseph, Saviana Stanescu, Caridad Svich, Cori Thomas, Thomas Bradshaw, Lloyd Suh, Yusef El Guindi and Lauren Yee.

All readings are free of charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Director of New Play Development: Rob Urbinati is a freelance director and writer based in New York City. He has directed at The Public Theater, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre, New York University and theatres and universities across the country. He is Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre, a position he has held since 1998. Rob’s plays include Mama’s Boy, Hazelwood Jr. High, Murder On West Moon Street and Death by Design, published by Samuel French. UMW: University of Mostly Whites, The Queen Bees and Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant are published by Steel Springs Stage Rights. His book, Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners is published by Focal Press/Routledge. His plays have received over 200 productions worldwide. Rob is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. 

Associate Literary Manager (current): Lisa Garza has over 20 years of  theater experience in Houston, Texas. Directing credits include Ten Little Indians, Mousetrap, A Company of Wayward Saints, Moon Over Buffalo, On Golden Pond, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Miracle Worker, Driving Miss Daisy, Come Blow Your Horn, Tally’s Folly, Crowns, West Moon Street, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, Death By Design (world premiere), A Lesson Before Dying, The 39 Steps, Our Town, The Beaux Stratagem, The Foreigner, Freud’s Last Session, The Woman In Black, and Sylvia. She also has over 50 scenic design credits, including Peter Pan (winner of AACT 2015 National Competition), A Christmas Carol, and Bonnie and Clyde (both winners of Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design in 2016 and 2019 respectively.) She also serves as a lead volunteer in the Technical Arts Resources Department at Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas.  

Associate Literary Managers (previous): Nastaran Ahmadi, Vincent Carlson-Brown, Wesley Cromwell, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Adrianna Dufay, Janet Gupton, Melissa Maxwell, Michael Phillips, Tom Rowan, Dana Smith, Greg Thorson, David Wintersteen, Cary Wong

New American Voices Submission Policies

Queens Theatre is committed to providing opportunities for all writers, regardless of age or experience. We do not require that a writer has representation, or that scripts are submitted through an agent. However, we only accept submission of plays which respond directly to our Mission Statement, below. Additionally, each year, the type of plays we are looking for is subject to change.

New American Voices Mission Statement: NAV accepts submissions of unpublished plays, giving preference to unproduced work by emerging minority writers and underrepresented voices. We are particularly interested in plays which reflect contemporary issues from various perspectives including race, culture, language, disability, nationality and gender. We accept full-length plays only, at least 70 minutes. No children's shows, and please, one play per writer during each submission window. We are not considering musical submissions at this time.

Depending on the playwrights’ goals, and the developmental needs of the script, each selected NAV play receives a Reading, a Showcase Production, or a Full Production. 

Email a letter of inquiry, synopsis, cast breakdown, resume and production history to Director of New Play Development Rob Urbinati Development at roburbinati@gmail.com. In the subject line, be sure to include the following: “NAV Submission,” and the title of the play. Please do not send unsolicited scripts.  Allow one year for response. Page samples may be requested following an email inquiry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a full list of New American Voices productions, readings and showcases, click here

Theatre For All

Jae Woo (l-r), Thomas Ellenson, Ali Hardy and Kerry McMenamin read the play Interabled at the TFA Short Play Readings, Take Two! in May 2019. 

 

Three years ago, Queens Theatre made an intentional effort to work with more artists from the Disability community and to learn from other cultural institutions who were offering more accessibility services to their patrons and audience members.

Honoring the spirit behind the slogan, “Nothing About Us Without Us;” an idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group affected by that policy, our first step was to create an advisory board.

This board is comprised of an integrated group of disabled and non-disabled individuals with backgrounds in theater, activism, academia and arts administration. As we listened and learned, QT committed to doing better and doing more to fully reach artists and audience members with disabilities from within Queens and throughout New York City. We call this initiative Theatre For All.

There are many parts to the Theatre For All Initiative (TFA) because to practice radical inclusion and access it all has to happen all at the same time.

Queens Theatre asked itself two questions:

How could it offer programs to the disabled community, and then not offer the services they need to enjoy the programming in our spaces?     

This is where the TFA Short Plays come in. As an inaugural recipient of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Disability Forward Fund. We used this support to present a festival of 10 short plays by disabled writers and/or featuring characters with disabilities. We put out a national call for submissions and received more than 150 responses in just four weeks!

The readings were presented in a sold out evening in November 2018. Three plays from that evening were reprised in our Cabaret space as part of a larger event to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 of last year.

On May 4, 2019, seven additional plays will be presented thanks to a grant from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The voices are there, the roles are there. This project has involved dozens of artists and the performances, of course, were accessible for audience members of all ages.

The second question addressed the issue of who would be performing these works. Considering the barriers to employment and advancement in the cultural sector for artists with disabilities, how could we offer more opportunities through the training of professional actors?

In September of 2018, a cohort of 20 professional actors from across the country participated in a two-week intensive training program for Deaf and Disabled early-career artists. Actors were selected through a national application process. TFA offered both daytime and evening sessions.

Vincent D'Onofrio works with TFA actors Afia Fields (l) and Alejandre Ospina during the first session of training in September 2018.

 

The two-week, free program included workshops on Acting for the Camera, Acting for the Stage, Movement, Voice, Improv, Auditioning, and Commercials. The program culminated with a showcase performance for an invited industry audience.

“Our goal with this program is to support skill building and to help actors cultivate relationships with their fellow students and with industry professionals,” QT’s Executive Director Taryn Sacramone said. "We are excited to spotlight these talented early-career actors and expand our own artistic family in the process."

Queens Theatre brought together an excellent team of instructors, including Vincent D'Onofrio (Netflix's "Daredevil," "Jurassic Word," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Full Metal Jacket"), Brigid Brady (Actor/Singer/Teacher, Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, "Gossip Girl"), Christine Bruno (Actor/Teaching Artist/ Consultant, member The Actors Studio, "Law & Order"), Pat Shay (Improviser and faculty member, The PIT), Stephen DeAngelis (Producer/Casting Director) and Liz Eckert (Actor and Designated Linklater Voice Teacher).

“If I could go back in time to the start of my career, I would want to be part of Theatre For All,” QT’s Director of Inclusion Gregg Mozgala said. “Representation matters. Not only on the stage and screen, but in training environments like the one Queens Theatre has so painstakingly and passionately created.”

In September 2019, Queens Theatre will present a second round of the TFA Training Program. All workshops and events will take place at Queens Theatre, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The program is offered as part of Queens Theatre's Theatre For All Initiative to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts, with support from New York Community Trust.

"There is no other program like it in the country,” Mozgala said.  “Queens Theatre understands that truly inclusive theater is about reflecting the experience of all of us."

 

Production History

30th Season/2018-2019

Relic, or, I Was Bubbie's Favorite by Joel Feinman (as told to Lojo Simon): May 10-26

ArtsPower's Anne of Green Gables: April 28

Latin Dance Fiesta: April 27

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo: April 13

Chickenshed NYC's Tales from the Shed: March 17

Koresh Dance Company's Inner Sun: March 16 & 17

Ballet Nepantla's Sin Fronteras: March 2

MOMIX's Viva Momix: Feb. 9 & 10

TheaterWorks USA's Charlotte's Web: Dec. 16   

Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana's Navidad Flamenca: Dec. 6-9

The Dan Zanes Trio  Holiday Sing Along: Nov. 25

Frida Libre: Nov. 8-18

L.A. Theatre Works' Steel Magnolias: Oct. 27 & 28

Light Wire Theater's The Ugly Duckling: Oct. 21

Queensboro Dance Festival: Oct. 13 & 14

Leaving Brooklyn: Oct. 5 -21

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: Sept. 29 & 30

 

29th Season/2017-2018

Latin Dance Fiesta: April 28

Doktor Kaboom's Look Out! Science is Coming!: April 15

Broadway Valentine: April 14

BODYTRAFFIC: April 7 & 8

Broadway Kids: March 24 & 25

TheaterWorks USA's The Lightning Thief: March 18

L.A. Theatre Works' The Mountaintop: March 10 & 11

RIOULT Dance NY: March 3 & 4

School of American Ballet's The Beauty of Ballet: Feb. 25

Tango Fire: Feb. 3 & 4

Steve Solomon's My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm Home for the Holidays: Dec. 9 & 10

ArtsPower's From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Dec. 3

Light Wire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas: Nov. 26

Frida Libre: Nov. 16-19

Pilobolus: Nov. 4 & 5

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Dia de los Muertos: Oct. 29

Aquila Theatre's Sense and Sensibility: Oct. 20 & 21

Jimmy and Carolyn: Sept. 15-Oct. 1

 

28th Season/2016-2017

The Miracle Worker: May 12-21

Seussical: April 23

Latin Dance Fiesta: April 22

Rennie Harris Puremovement: April 1 & 2

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Boda Mexicana: March 18 & 19

Walnut Street Theatre's Last of the Red Hot Lovers: March 10-12

The Apothetae's Spirits of Another Sort: March 4 & 5

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana: Feb. 11 & 12

Paul Taylor Dance Company: Dec. 17 & 18

Visuality: Dec. 3

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School: Nov. 25

In the Car with Blossom and Len: Nov. 11-20

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Dia de los Muertes: Oct. 29 & 30

Keigwin + Company: Oct. 22 & 23

Pete the Cat: Oct. 2

 

27th Season/2015-2016

Che Malambo: May 14 & 15

TheaterWorks USA's Curious George: The Golden Meatball: May 8

TheaterWorks USA's Henry and Mudge: April 10

Aquila Theatre's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: April 1-3

Murder For Two: March 4-6

Light Wire Theater's Moon Mouse: Feb. 21

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Feb. 13-14

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: Dec. 12 & 13

Treehouse Shaker's Under The Tangle: Dec. 5

TheaterWorks USA's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: Nov. 27

To Kill a Mockingbird: Nov. 13-22

Renee Taylor: My Life On a Diet: Oct. 31 & Nov. 1

To the Rising Sun: A Music Dialogue of Love, Struggle, Hope and Freedom: Oct. 18

Jessica Lang Dance: Oct. 17 & 18

ArtsPower's Madeline and the Bad Hat: Oct. 11

Volunteer

A lot of what Queens Theatre is able to accomplish is because of our strong team of volunteers. 

Volunteers help out on show days, stuffing playbills with notices and assisting theatergoers to their seats, but they also provide much needed office support during fundraising campaigns and Season Brochure mailing times. 

Queens Theatre also offers opportunites for youth volunteers, ages 16-18, who need to complete community service hours. 

Anyone intereseted in learning more about volunteering at Queens Theatre should contact Volunteer Coordinator Monte Melnick at mmelnick@queenstheatre.org, or by calling 718-760-0686, ext. 124.