Alvin Ailey® American
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in 1958 in New York City, when Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers changed forever the perception of American dance. Today, led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, AAADT has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa, and has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance.
American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has also made more than 15 international tours to 42 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
Manhattan Theatre Club
Manhattan Theatre Club, led by Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Director Barry Grove, is one of the nation’s leading non-profit theaters with a mission of producing innovative and diverse work by playwrights at all stages of their careers, at its Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres. Plays that debut at MTC are performed across the country and around the world, and 6 of them have won Pulitzer Prizes: Doubt, Proof, Ruined, Rabbit Hole, Crimes of the Heart and The Piano Lesson.
Women's Project Theater
Women’s Project Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing theater written and directed by women. Now in its 35th year, it has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays by women. WP's main stage season garners the stellar reviews a theater company can bank on. Recently, Variety raved “dazzling work”, The New York Times declared WP “imaginative” and The New Yorker trumpeted “rare and refreshing”. In addition, Women’s Project Theater develops new work in its Lab, a free two-year residency program for early to mid career playwrights, directors and producers.