If you would like to get involved in La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club please explore this page for opportunities! La MaMa is a community oriented theater dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theater with several different programs, workshops, residencies and performance opportunities open to artists in a diversity of mediums from around the world. La MaMa Meet Ups offer a chance for artists to meet directly with curators to talk about your work. La MaMa Memberships offer behind the scenes access to artists and events. La MaMa Rentals provide rehearsal space and opportunities to produce in our historic venues. La MaMa Umbria, the Experiment Play Reading Series, Culturehub micro-residencies and University Programs offer performance opportunities and connect generations of artists from around the world.
Founded in 1961 by Ellen Stewart in a tiny basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for supporting fearless and provocative theater while helping artists gain a foothold in New York. La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world. La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on new work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, – and others whose names you haven’t heard of yet – began their careers at La MaMa.
STAY CONNECTED TO LA MAMA EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE CLUB:
Join the Experimental Theatre Club today! La MaMa Members are among the first to see new work from experimental artists, and impact the future of theatre. We offer a full-season membership for downtown audiences, artists and art lovers for only $56! As a member, you are crucial to the development of new work and artistic growth. Benefits include access to our local and global community of artists, first access to $10 tickets to all performances throughout the season and half-priced concessions. Members are invited behind the scenes to our special events including opening night receptions, post-show talk backs, La MaMa parties, live streams and community workshops. If you want to get to know the La MaMa Family, becoming an ETC member is the best place to start!
The La MaMa Meet-Ups give artists the opportunity to meet our curators and talk about their work. Two to three times a year, all of the La MaMa Curators converge in the Ellen Stewart Theatre to meet with individual artists and arts organizations to discuss theater, dance, puppetry, playwrighting, poetry, visual art, children's programming and more for fifteen to thirty minutes. Simply reserve a time to speak with the staffer in charge of programming for your area of interest. Please bring your portfolio, resume, press clippings, video and any other supporting materials. Tell us why you want to work at La MaMa, and show us who you are! Every season at La MaMa includes artists from the La MaMa Meet-Ups!
Every summer La MaMa Umbria hosts artist residencies, and organizes workshops led by internationally renowned art professionals whose work is impacting the contemporary landscape of performative arts. Immersed in the creative, natural and regenerative environment of Umbria, culturally diverse artists live together while working on productions or participating in workshops to develop their artistic skills. In the past 24 years, La MaMa Umbria’s activities have included the presentation of over thirty theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences. La MaMa Spoleto Open, the official fringe of Spoleto’s Festival de Due Mondi is produced by La MaMa Umbria International in association with Cittá di Spoleto and Regione Spoleto and features the work of emerging and established international and local artists.
Each of La Mama’s legendary fully equipped theatrical spaces allow producers to build upon our incomparable history of groundbreaking experimental theatre and guarantees an exclusive and secure environment in which to create the perfect world for your productions. At La MaMa, not only do your shows become fully realized, they become part of the history of cutting edge East Village theatre. Whether you are producing a special event, a gala or fundraiser, a workshop, festival, reading, or a full theatrical production we can offer a variety of different venues. All of our theatrical spaces provide you with the versatility to transport your audiences anywhere you wish to take them. La MaMa can offer a cabaret, a 299 seat Main Stage experience or a wide open playing area in which to explore the depths of your script.
CultureHub is a center for art and technology that connects communities around the world. To date, CultureHub has linked audiences with over 500 artists from 30 countries through live performances, exhibitions, web-based presentations, live streams, and education programs. Founded in a partnership with La MaMa and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea, stay in touch with CultureHub for the most up to date information about CoLab, a free summer program for young artists ages 15–20, and Micro-residencies that offer access to CultureHub's studio equipped with a theatrical grid, lighting system, A/V hardware, and media production software.
The Trinity / La MaMa Program utilizes the landscape and history of New York City as a catalyst for an intensive study in the arts. The semester is structured to provide full immersion in the NYC theater, dance, performance communities as well as other arts genres with the goal of fostering artistic, academic, and personal growth. Every Friday, World Theatre Class students from Sarah Lawrence visit La MaMa to conduct workshops with a La MaMa artist and to see a production in one of La MaMa’s three performance venues.
For the past 19 years, the Experiments Play Reading Series has provided a forum for talented playwrights to continue their creative process. The Monday evening readings at La MaMa give playwrights the opportunity to hear their developing plays read by professional actors and to receive valuable audience feedback. Experiments is a playwright driven service that is free to attend. Each season, it is organized around shifting themes and curators, which allows a larger, underserved theater community to experience a greater diversity of programming.