Mission

UP Theater Company offers fully produced professional theater to its community in Northern Manhattan, and develops new plays –  employing many theater artists who live here. Despite our parochial concerns, UP is no “community theater.” We eschew crowd-pleasing chestnuts in favor of daring new work that challenges its audience’s preconceived notions about what they think they think. Established in 2010, UP has fully produced over 10 world premieres and has demanded attention with its diverse theatrical endeavors – from cunning adaptations of The Canterbury Tales and its summer readings of re-imagined classic plays, to its Showing UP opportunities where artists share their works in progress, to our Dead of Winter Reading Series, our audacious “Subway Wedding” and the annual, ecstatic Onward & UPward gala benefits.

UP has received support from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Neighborhood Fund of Columbia University Medical Center, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Project Resources Group.