Help La MaMa Meet This $1 Million Challenge Grant by June 2021
to Complete Our Restoration of 74 East 4th Street!

La MaMa has received a $1 million challenge grant from The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation that, if matched, allow us to complete the restoration and renewal of our original home at 74 East 4th Street.

"We need places where risky, courageous, and challenging work is nurtured. This new building will be for artists of all identities to create work that reveals our shared humanity. The movement that is La MaMa goes on!" - Mia Yoo

But this means we need your help to reach our $1 million challenge by June 21, 2021!



La MaMa Receives $1 Million Challenge Grant

REDEFINING THE POSSIBLE | For over five decades, our artists’ restless, relentless creativity has taken La MaMa to the brink of what is possible in the theater. This Campaign re-defines “possible” for the 21st Century. Through LEED Silver-certified renovations, expansive tech upgrades, new meeting and rehearsal space, a café, and flex-space, we are re-imagining what can happen at 74 East 4th Street.

“La MaMa is a place that gives people a chance, then goes an extra step and nurtures them.
Were it not for La MaMa, Amy and I never would have written a single play, much less five.”
- David Sedaris, Author & Humorist


This campaign for 74 East 4th Street accomplishes three critical goals:


  • This renovation will increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of our theatres, offices, and meeting spaces.

  • Our landmark building will receive the care New York City demands, while a transparent store-front will create an inviting new interface on East 4th Street.

  • Amenities, including bathrooms, seating, and backstage areas, will make our artists and audiences comfortable in a space built to last.


  • Our renovated lobbies, theatres, and gathering spaces will be ADA compliant, and double as classrooms, galleries, and community work environments. A new elevator gets you there.

  • Our theatres will finally be sound-proofed, giving us the opportunity to present simultaneous performances without fear of disruption.

  • That means more space for more artists, more often.


  • Vast technology upgrades – from new lighting, audio, and video systems, to a building-wide data network – will revolutionize the ways we communicate.

  • A new Roof Terrace and  café will provide a place for our friends to gather.

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"Mia Yoo, the artistic director of La MaMa, said the group gives opportunities to about 1,500 artists a year."

"But this particular block of East Fourth Street has found ways to defend itself against the dark arts of real estate investors."

"Go Inside the Groundbreaking Celebration for La MaMa's Renovation"

"La MaMa celebrated the official groundbreaking of its upcoming renovation September 25"

The renovation and historic restoration of 74 E 4th Street is projected to cost  $20 million.
La MaMa has already raised 80% of the funds needed to complete the project!

Join our Capital Campaign Committee

Capital Campaign Committee

as of February 2019

Olympia Dukakis
Campaign Chair

Frank Carucci
UFT Vice President, Retired

Don Capoccia
President, BFC Partners

Ping Chong

André De Shields

Tim Fulham
General Partner, Stonebridge Partners

Diane Lane

Meredith Monk

Amy Sedaris

David Sedaris

Sonya Soutus
Senior Managing Director-Teneo

Scott Wittman

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Leadership Public Support Provided By:
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
with special thanks to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilmember Carlina Rivera
Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer
New York State Legislature with special thanks to Senator Brad Hoylman and
The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Leadership Private Support Provided By:
Ford Foundation
$100,000 – 999,999
Booth Ferris Foundation
Donald A. Capoccia
Frank Carucci
The John Fulham Family Fund
Howard Gilman Foundation
Lise Olney & Tim Fulham
Sonya H. Soutus
Major Support Provided By:
$20,000 – 99,999
William Carey
Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation
Cheryl Henson & Edwin Finn, Jr.
Sarah & Seth Lederman
Steven B. Malkenson
The Midler Family Foundation
Jennifer Ortega and Curtis McGraw
$10,000 - $19,999
Julie & Bayard Henry
New York Landmarks Conservancy
Lauren & Yoav Roth
Marc Shaiman
Darren Sussman
Deborah Tolman & Luis A. Ubiñas
Joy Tomchin
Scott Wittman
Joel & Candice Zwick
$5,000 – 9,999
Eugene “the Poogene” Chai
Robert Goldberg
Ruth Epstein & Richard Pinner
Kenji Ima
Wynn Salisch
Our deepest thanks to all the generous individuals who have supported our capital campaign to date.