Providing stories that reflect our lives as we live them

Now accepting applications for our 2018/19
One Year Programs
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REGISTER NOW for Kids, Tween, and Teen for


One, Two and Three Week Programs for ages 7-17 in Acting • Musical Theatre • Film/TV • Improv • Sketch Comedy

June 25th thru August 24th

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Now accepting applications for our Professional 6 Week Summer Acting Program 
with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock
July 9th thru August 16th

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BOOK YOUR SEATS NOW…for our final production of the season!
Performances are 
March 17 – April 15
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About The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit performing arts organization in New York City that provides the public a place to come together and experience stories that reflect our lives as we live them, with the ultimate goal of inspiring greater understanding of ourselves, others, and the world around us. We practice an approach to storytelling that encourages spontaneity in actors’ performances, so that audiences feel less like they’re watching performers on stage and more like they’re watching real people in real situations. Each year we serve over 25,000 patrons, students, and artists in our 9,000 square foot midtown Manhattan arts center with our theatre and education programming. Our productions have won Drama Desk and OBIE Awards, and our alumni have won Academy, Emmy, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Drama Desk Awards. CBS News and Time Out NY have named us one of the top places to study acting in New York City.


  • The best technique is invisible.
  • Unplanned behavior is usually much more interesting than planned behavior.
  • There is no one “way” to approach acting. It’s all about finding whatever works.
  • Relaxation is the key to many of the things we strive for.
  • Acting is most exciting when it is spontaneous and moment-to-moment.
  • The best technique leaves us free (free to imagine, free to respond, free to feel, free to whatever).
  • Acting is easy, and acting classes are fun.

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Theatrical Productions

The Barrow Group Theatre Company produces three fully-realized MainStage productions in our 99-seat theatre each year. Many of the actors and directors that work on our shows have taken classes with us, and practice our unique approach to storytelling. Play Development is also an important aspect of The Barrow Group’s programming.

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Readings / Workshops

We regularly give new plays and revivals public readings and workshops in our MainStage and Studio Theatre. This provides a forum for works-in-progress to be presented to audiences for evaluation before going into production. The readings also provide our community of artists and students the opportunity to practice their craft in front of a live audience.

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Performing Arts Classes

The Barrow Group School offers professional and emerging artists of all ages training in acting, directing, filmmaking, playwriting, and screenwriting. At the heart of TBG’s approach is the desire to promote clear and concise tools of the trade, detailed in “An Actor’s Companion” by Seth Barrish. Faculty at TBG go through an intensive teacher training process, to ensure the highest quality of teaching.

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Theatre / Studio Rental

We provide studio and theater rental in our arts center, the cost of which TBG subsidizes for students, emerging artists, and non-profit organizations. Our space includes a 99-seat Mainstage Theater, a 40-seat Studio Theater, and six rehearsal/classroom studios.

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“The Barrow Group was really the institution that taught me how to act. I worked with the best teachers, who taught me why less is really more.”

Anne Hathaway
Academy Award Winner

“TBG is where I unlearned how to act and learned how to be me to be more comfortable in my own skin…more able to transition seamlessly between life and the demands of film. That’s why I call The Barrow Group home.”

Poorna Jagannathan
The Night Of…

“So many times, we as actors forget the play of acting. You go into class and everything’s like, “Great work”: like everything’s work. At The Barrow Group, it really came from this other perspective: “This is play.” That was a really great time. I would say that was my most significant training.”

Tony Hale
Emmy Award Winner

“TBG offers the smartest, least pretentious, simplest and most effective techniques I’ve ever come across.”

Allen Coulter
Director, 7 Primetime Emmy Award nominations

“Prior to my experience at The Barrow Group, I spent years forcing tears, laughs, and understanding. After attending The Barrow Group, my experience changed drastically. I attribute my entire career to what I learned there, which is essentially: how to be more myself.”

Lola Kirke
Mozart in the Jungle

“I walked through the doors of The Barrow Group and rediscovered not only joy in Acting, but an essential belief in myself.”

Martin Moran
OBIE Award Winner

“At TBG I re-discovered the pure joy and adrenaline of acting. The freedom of being spontaneous. And even better, these weren’t one-off experiences, but new habits supported by simple techniques that I use to this day. TBG is more than a great school, it’s a community with a culture of thoughtfulness and fun, coming together to do what we love.”

Michael Stahl-David

“TBG was the first place where I could believe I was actually enough, exactly as I was”

Alison Wright
The Americans

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