La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

74A East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
212.475.7710

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p



About La MaMa E.T.C.

Ellen Stewart founded La MaMa in 1961 in a tiny basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She dedicated it to the playwright and all aspects of the theater. Today, La MaMa is a world renowned cultural institution recognized as the seed bed of new work by artists of all nations and cultures.



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    Ellen Stewart

    Here you will find a little more about Ellen Stewart, the Founder and Director of the La MaMa E.T.C., the theatre that began in October 1961, and to this day continues to be of great importance to world culture.

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    Mission and History

    La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. Ever since Ellen Stewart founded La MaMa in 1961, our interest has been in the people who make art, and it is to them that we give our support with free theater and rehearsal space, lights, sound, props, platforms, and whatever else we have that they can use to create their work. We want them to feel free to explore their ideas, and translate them into a theatrical language that can communicate to any person in any part of the world.

  • Our Funders

    La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club receives vital financial support from: The 2wice Arts Foundation, The 1848 Foundation, American Chai Trust, Alliance of Residence Theatres/New York, Asen Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Catalytic Fund and DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation,  The Community Church [...]

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    Rentals

    All of La MaMa’s theaters are available for theatrical rental the last week of June, the months of July, August and the first three weeks of September. Day to day rentals are available for television and film shoots. We also have a variety of spaces useful as holding areas. Rehearsal spaces are available for rent at 47 Great Jones Street.

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    Staff & Board

    Founder: Ellen Stewart
    Artistic Director: Mia Yoo
    Managing Director: Mary Fulham
    Producing Director: Beverly Petty