Restore A Building. Remake A World.

“La Mama is a place that gives people a chance, then goes an extra step and nurtures them. My sister and I learned so much here, like, for instance, that putting an air conditioner on a stool doesn’t really cool the room off. Were it not for La Mama, Amy and I never would have written a single play, much less five.”
- David Sedaris

In 1967, La MaMa bought its first permanent home at 74 East 4th Street. Since then, it has been a home for performing artists at all stages of their careers and community members of all backgrounds. After more than 50 years of intensive use as theatrical space, by more than 100,000 artists and audiences of all nations, cultures, races, and identities, our building must undergo urgently needed renovations and be made ADA accessible if it is to remain a viable resource for the next generations of artists and audiences.
You, our artists, audience members, and supporters, are at the heart of La MaMa. We hope you will help us to restore and remake this building as a creative home for new artists, new work, and new ideas for decades to come.
Timeline: Spring 2018 – January 2020


The renovation of this landmark 19th century building will:

- expand and update artist and audience facilities
- bring the building up to ADA compliance, including the installation of an elevator
- upgrade mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life-safety systems
- restore the historic façade with masonry work in compliance with its landmark status
- install an insulated glass storefront and doors to make a more welcoming entrance


The landmark 19th century building renovation is projected to cost $17.5 million.
La MaMa has already raised 90% of the funds needed to complete the project!

Every. Dollar. Counts.

To get involved contact Managing Director Mary Fulham (





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

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

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

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

Capital Campaign Committee

Olympia Dukakis, Chair

as of April 2018

Frank Carucci
Don Capoccia
Ping Chong
André De Shields

Olympia Dukakis
Tim Fulham and Lise Olney
Diane Lane

Meredith Monk
Amy Sedaris
David Sedaris
Sonya Soutus

Darren Sussman
Scott Wittman

Special Thanks to our Capital Campaign Donors

as of April 2018

New York City Council
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson & Council Member Carlina Rivera
Office of the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
New York State Legislature
The Midler Family Foundation
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Booth Ferris Foundation
Donald A. Capoccia
William M. Carey
Frank Carucci
Eugene (the Poogene) Chai
Lise Olney and Tim Fulham
Sarah and Seth Lederman
Steven B. Malkenson
The Curtis W. McGraw Foundation
Ruth Epstein and Richard Pinner
Joan A. Rose
Wynn J. Salisch
Sonya H. Soutus
Scott Wittman
Additional thanks to:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D Levin
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez

Special thanks to Goldstein Hall