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2017/2018 SEASON

  • Theatre Series
  • Dance Series
  • Family Series
  • Special Events
  • Other events

Theatre Series

Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story

June 28

A special addition to our New American Voices Series is a free reading of this new play chronicling the life of prize fighter Jack Johnson.

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The Mountaintop

March 10-11

Following their lively, entertaining production of The Graduate, L.A. Theatre Works returns to Queens Theatre with Katori Hall’s internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop.

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Park Plays

July 28-August 6

An evening of short plays exploring the world of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


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Jimmy and Carolyn

September 17-October 1

In this hysterical, true-to-life world premiere play, Jimmy, a retired auto body repairman, and his homemaker wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner.

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Sense and Sensibility

October 20-22

Returning to Queens Theatre after the witty and fast-paced Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Aquila Theatre brings Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility vividly to life.

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Frida Libre

November 16-19

After years of meticulous study on the life and work of Frida Kahlo, actress Flora Martínez presents her unique vision of the magical world of one of the most influential women in Latin American history.

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Fall Reading Series

November 4-December 9

Queens Theatre's new play development program presents works by writers who represent Queens' rich cultural diversity. All readings are free.

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Queens Theatre's 2018 New American Voices

April 7-May 19

Queens Theatre's new play development program presents works by writers who represent Queens' rich cultural diversity. All readings are free.

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Dance series


April 7-8

Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world.

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March 3-4

A perennial favorite, RIOULT Dance NY returns to Queens Theatre with the sensual, articulate and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult.

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November 4-5

Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance.

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Tango Fire

February 3-4

The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires brings this smoldering art form to the stage with twelve spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians.

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Family series

Doktor Kaboom's Look Out! Science Is Coming!

April 15

A Queens Theatre favorite returns! Doktor Kaboom is an over the top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds.

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The Lightning Thief

March 18

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles.

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A Very Electric Christmas

November 26

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head South for the winter.

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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

December 3

ArtsPower’s enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

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The Beauty of Ballet

February 25

How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? Those questions and more will be answered during the performance of favorite ballet moments!

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Special Events

Gala 2018

May 23

Celebrate with us!

Join us for our Annual Gala on May 23.

We will be honoring Gary Kesner (Silvercup Studios) as well as Marcie Kesner (Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP) for their extraordinary contributions to the cultural and business communities in Queens. 

Also at the event, QT will be recognizing Frances A. Resheske (Con Edison) for her leadership as President of the Queens Theatre Board of Directors for the past two decades. 


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Broadway Valentine

April 14

After a water main break forced its cancellation, Broadway Valentine has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14, at 3 pm & 8 pm.


Broadway Valentine is a jubilant celebration of the greatest loves song ever written for the Broadway stage by musical theater's most renowned composers. 


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Titan Theatre Company

October 13-April 22

Richard III, A Christmas Carol, Medea and Much Ado About Nothing: Titan Theatre Company is back at Queens Theatre for another season of great and innovative performances.

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Latin Dance Fiesta

April 28

Four dance companies, four countries represented! Our Latin Dance Fiesta is back for the third year.

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Broadway Kids

March 24-25

Broadway Kids is a perfect way to introduce younger audience members to theater and to create and share new memories.

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My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm Home for the Holidays

December 9-10

The new special holiday show from the star and creator of one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!

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Dia de los Muertos

October 29

Dia de los Muertos is a captivating work about the unending relationship between the living and the departed featuring passionate live music, larger-thanlife characters, and breathtaking dance for all ages.

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$10,000 - $24,999


42nd Street Development Corporation

Bareburger Group LLC

Broadway Stages, Ltd.

Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd.

The Gate

Kaufman Astoria Studios

The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Silvercup Studios

$5,000 - $9,999


Aviation Development Council

The Briarwood Organization

Citi Commercial Bank

Dan Klores Communications

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Flushing Bank


Investors Bank

Investors Bank Foundation

Diane Jaffe

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

Gary & Marcie Kesner

Mark & Dina Misk

National Grid

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

NYC & Company

New York Community Bancorp., Inc.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Quimby Equipment Co., Inc.

TD Bank

Universal Business Solutions

Vallo Transportation, Ltd.






Queens Theatre is grateful to the following organizations for their generous support which helps sustain our theatrical productions, education outreach and new play development programs.


Con Edison

Delta Air Lines

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs/Culutural After School Adventures (CASA)

New York State Council on the Arts

$25,000 - $74,999

Astoria Bank

Bank of America

Ficalora Family Foundation 

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Queens Center Mall

New York Community Bank Foundation

New York Community Trust

Frances A. Resheske

Our Supporters

Our partners and sponsors are passionate about their involvement with Queens Theatre and we couldn’t be more pleased with their continuous support. These companies help provide us to ensure that we provide world-class performing arts to the most diverse county in the nation.

Over the years, Con Edison has worked to support a wide array of initiatives at Queens Theatre. Everything from a new look for Queens Theatre’s website to sponsorships of QT staples like the 2011 holiday series to new bringing new work like Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project and Ella.  Con Edison’s show of support reinforces their commitment to enrich the quality of life of all New Yorkers.

Today, Con Edison operates one of the world’s largest and most complex — yet most reliable — energy delivery systems, in the world’s most dynamic marketplace. As we look to the challenges of the future, Con Edison can count on one advantage that no other company has — the energy of New York.

Delta is the official airline sponsor of Queens Theatre. This partnership allows Queens Theatre to fly in artists from around the country, as well as the world.  The ability to do this without extra costs is another way Queens Theatre can keep ticket prices low to these top-notch presentations for Queens’ diverse audience. Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year.

With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection®  carriers offer service to more than 340 destinations in nearly 60 countries on six continents.

Institutional Giving

The generous support of the businesses, corporations and foundations that call New York City home is another integral piece of the Queens Theatre annual budget.  Our business partners have the opportunity to reach an incredibly desirable demographic group: the most diverse the country.  Queens  also shows the second highest rate of growth of all the boroughs of New York City. A partnership with the premier venue for the Performing Arts in Queens can be beneficial to your business, to your employees and to your clientele. 


Workplace Giving

Many public and private employers participate in workplace giving campaigns that allow employees to contribute to their favorite charities through payroll deductions. Check with your employer’s human resources or personnel office for more details. Many organizations will also match charitable contributions made by employees. Check with your employer to see if your gift to Queens Theatre can be matched - or perhaps even doubled or tripled - by your employer. Then forward your employer’s matching gift form to Queens Theatre along with your donation.

Gifts of Stock

Queens Theatre welcomes gifts of stock, bonds, and other appreciated assets.

Planned Giving

If you care about the community where you live and want to make a lasting impression, then please consider making a gift through your estate to our endowment fund.

Endowment gifts, capital grants, bequests and other types of planned gifts help provide long-term financial stability for the institution and enhance our ability to undertake expansion of our artistic programming and the restoration and renovation of our landmark building. Types of projects to which gifts may be earmarked include: free performances, artists-in-residence, education and outreach activities, commission fees, physical plant improvements, and unrestricted operating support.

By remembering Queens Theatre in your estate plan you help to ensure that this resource will continue to serve future generations.

Individual & Planned Giving

Since its founding in 1989, Queens Theatre has been embraced by a generous community of donors committed to supporting the premier venue for the performing arts in Queens.  Each year, a substantial portion of our budget is comprised of the donations of hundreds of individuals and families.  The direct support of the members of our audiences and of our neighbors in the community is a true testament to the success.

Make A Monthly Gift
You can provide consistent, sustainable support for Queens Theatre programs through monthly donations that can be automatically charged to your credit or debit card each month. You can cancel your monthly gift at any time. 
Monthly & Tribute Gift
Celebrate the memory of a loved one by making a donation in their name. When your gift is received, Queens Theatre will promptly send an acknowledgment to whomever you designate, notifying them of your thoughtful donation.

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New Play Development

New American Voices (NAV), Queens Theatre's renowned 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 one hundred 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

Associate Literary Manager (current): Lisa Garza

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..

During the 2018-2019 season, Queens Theatre is looking for new work by Middle Eastern and African writers only.




We are also looking for new work for our Theatre For All Short Play Readings:


Queens Theatre is seeking submissions for its Theatre For All Short Play Readings, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 7pm.

Plays on all subjects by writers with disabilities will be considered, as well as plays by any writer which feature a character or characters with a phsyical or mental disability. Submissions can feature roles for seniors, children and young adults. 

If you haven't written a short play on these subjects, use this as an opportunity to write one. 

The TFA Short Play Readings will also feature new work by commissioned writers. QT is seeking diversity in genre, including comedy, drama, satire, etc. Submissions should be no less than 3 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes. 

With Theatre For All Short Play Readings, Queens Theatre seeks to continue its mission to reflect perspectives on immigration, race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, religion, sexuality and gender. 

Please email your play to roburbinati@gmail.com with "Theatre For All Submission" in the subject line. 

Deadline for submissions is Aug. 31, 2018.

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