2018/2019 SEASON

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

Theatre Series

Merchant on Venice

May 10-19

By Shishir Kurup


Merchant on Venice is a witty, sharp and ambitious work based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice offering biting humor and a fresh perspective on intra-communal hostilities. 

Kurup has set his story in Culver City, Calif., where hatred and intolerence among Hindus and Muslims have grown to a boiling point leavened by humor. 

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Leaving Brooklyn

October 5-21

By Jeff Mandels

In 1955, as the Dodgers and the Yankees battle it out on the field, a blue-collar Brooklyn family battles for its own survival.  A funny, gritty and poignant tale of complex lives, Leaving Brooklyn was part of the Queens Theatre's New American Voices Reading Series in 2016. 

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Steel Magnolias

October 27-28

By Robert Harling

After last year's riveting performances of The Mountaintop, L.A. Theatre Works returns to Queens Theatre with a new production of Robert Harling's beloved comedy-drama Steel Magnolias

Within the walls of Truvy's beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, are six strong women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. 


Photos by Rich Rose

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Frida Libre

November 8-18

Written, Directed and Featuring Flora Martinez

After last year's wildly successful run, Flora Martinez returns to Queens Theatre with a newly expanded version of her meticulous exploration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo. 

Frida Libre presents a unique vision of the magical world of one of the most influential women in Latin American history. 

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Fall Reading Series

October 20-November 19

New American Voices Fall 2018 Series

Queens Theatre's new play development program, New American Voices, presents works by writers who represent Queens' rich cultural diversity. 

All readings are free. 

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Dance series

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

December 6-9

Celebrate the season with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's Navidad Flamenca

This festive program highlights the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. 

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February 9-10

MOMIX's new piece, VIVA MOMIX, features everything this company is known for: illusion, beauty, magic and inventiveness. 

Recognized internationally for presenting work of exceptional innovation and physical artistry, MOMIX is a compny of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. 

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Koresh Dance Company

March 16-17

For its Queens Theatre debut, the Koresh Dance Company performs Inner Sun, inspired by the parallel between the earth's core and that of the human body. 

The piece celebrates the human spirit's ability to create the warmth and power that drives our journeys. 

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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

September 29-30

In their Queens Theatre debut, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble presents Samhara. 

One of the premier Indian classical dance ensembles performing today, Nrityagram had the unprecedented distinction of making The New York Times' "Best Dance of the Year" list in 2015 and 2016. 

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Family series

The Dan Zanes Trio - Holiday Sing Along

November 25

Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes presents Dan & Claudia with Pauline Jean: The Holiday Sing Along! with Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza, and Pauline Jean.


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Charlotte's Web

December 16

Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! But Charlotte, a fine writer and a true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. 

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The Beauty of Ballet

February 24

Ever wonder how ballerinas dance on their toes? Or how do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy?



Photos by Rosalie O'Connor

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Anne of Green Gables

April 28

When you imagine, sometimes you find what you need. When you imagine, you find a home. 

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Lightwire Theater's The Ugly Duckling

October 21

Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. 

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Special Events

Titan Theatre Company

October 26-April 14

Queens Theatre's Company in Residence, Titan Theatre Company, presents four shows as part of its 10th Anniversary Season.  Titan's annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, begins performances Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 23. 

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Ballet Nepantla

March 2

One performance only!

Ballet Nepantla presents a synergistic celebration with its produciton of Sin Fronteras, which crosses geographic, hisotric and artistic borders. 

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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

April 13-14

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company premieres a new production at Queens Theatre, Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo

Through dance and live music, the piece tells the story of the historical significance of May 5.

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Fourth Annual Latin Dance Fiesta

April 27

One night only!

Four dance companies, four countries represented in our fourth annual Latin Dance Fiesta.

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Queensboro Dance Festival

October 13-14

Queens Theatre is proud to partner with the Queensboro Dance Festival, a 6-month tour of performances across the borough featuring 26 Queens-based companies of all styles and from all cultures. 



Photo by Josef Pinlac




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$25,000 - $49,999

New York Community Bank

Silvercup Studios

The Shubert Foundation

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs-Disability Forward Fund


$10,000 - $24,999

National Endowment for the Arts


Douglaston Development

Frances A. Resheske

Gary and Marcie Kesner

GFP Real Estate, LLC

Investors Bank Foundation

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Kramer Levin LLP

Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. 

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

NYC & Company Foundation

Queens Center Mall

Stanley C. Lipton

Summit Security Services

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

The Kupferberg Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

42nd Street Development Corporation 

Aviation Development Council

Bank Leumi USA


Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd.

Heidi Holterbosch

Global Strategy Group

Mark & Dina Misk

Metro Management Development, Inc. 

New York Mets Foundation

Plaxall, Inc. 

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.

TD Bank

TD Charitable Foundation

Vallo Transportation, Ltd.

Van Hangen Brustlin, Inc. 






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.


Booth Ferris Foundation

New York Community Trust

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs

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

$50,000 - $74,999

Con Edison

Delta Air Lines, Inc. 

Howard Gilman Foundation




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.

Education - QTEd

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

Summer Performance Program


Show Stoppers: Summer Musical Theatre Program

Rising young stars will create and perform an original pocket-sized musical play in just two weeks!  Our program takes students through the entire of process of creating a musical play from auditions to writing and rehearsing, culminating in a performance on our Mainstage. Working with our professional and dynamic teaching artists, students will engage their imaginations, study the process of theatre and work together as an ensemble to put on a production of their own design during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience. 


QT Show Stoppers Summer Musical Theatre Program is open to all kids – no experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun. Acceptance into the program is on a first come-first served basis. Auditions for roles will take place once the session has begun. Space is limited so register today! We are offering two 2-week sessions.


Registration for Queens Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Program opens on March 1, 2019



Click Here to Register Online 


Contact Director of Education Richard Hinojosa at rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org if you have any questions regarding our Summer Performance Program.




Available Discounts

Early Registration Discount

Register before April 30 and we’ll waive the registration fee


Sibling Discount

Save an additional $25 per child for registering sibling


Bring a Friend Discount

Register your child and refer a friend to receive a $25 discount per session  
(Friend’s registration is required for discount) (Limit 4)


Registration/Cancellation Policies

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for all sessions. A 50% deposit (plus the $15 registration fee) is required upon registration in order to reserve a space in the program. Full payment is due by July 1st for all sessions. All cancelation requests must be submitted in writing to rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org.  Students withdrawing from a session must cancel at least two weeks prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus the $15 registration fee). Students withdrawing from a session less than two weeks prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after the start of the session, regardless of attendance. Queens Theatre reserves the right to cancel any session that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. If the session does not meet our enrollment requirements all payments will be refunded to pre-registered parties in that session.





Show Shoppers

Program Days

Monday - Friday

Primary Program Hours

9:30am - 4pm
(Students bring their own lunch)

Early Drop Off

9am - 9:30am (No Charge)

Extended Day

4pm - 6pm (Mon-Thurs Only)

Extended Day Pricing

Monday - Thursday:
$20 per day or $60 per week per child

Program Age Group

7 to 11 years old

Program Pricing (Per Child)

One Session: $650 for a two week session
Two Sessions (or more): $550 per two week session 

Program Registration Fee

$15 per child

Program Dates

Session One

July 8, 2019 to July 19, 2019

Session Two

July 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019

Session Three

August 5, 2019 to August 16, 2019