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