About The Barrow Group

Located in the heart of New York City, The Barrow Group is an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company and performing arts school. We offer theatre patrons and performing arts students an artistic experience focused on simplicity, clarity, and spontaneity. In our 10,000 sf arts center, located at 312 West 36 St in midtown Manhattan, audiences enjoy engaging productions of excellent plays, and students learn easy-to-understand techniques that help them tell stories more clearly and freely (classes include acting, directing, playwriting, film, beginner, and youth workshops). We’ve won a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award. CBS News and Time Out NY have named us one of the top places to study performing arts in New York City. Our past company members and alumni have won Academy, Emmy, Tony, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Awards.


  • 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.
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Theatre Company

Founded in 1986, The Barrow Group Theatre Company produces Off-Broadway and developmental productions. We originally operated out of a railroad flat on Barrow Street in New York City. Today, The Barrow Group Theatre Company has grown into a mid-size theatre organization providing inspiration and resources to the entire arts community of NYC. We serve as an artistic home for some of New York’s finest actors, directors, playwrights, filmmakers, designers, and visual artists. Our Main Stage Productions are fully realized productions of plays and musicals that have risen through the ranks of our Play Development Program. Play Development is an important aspect of The Barrow Group’s programming. TBG regularly gives new plays and revivals public readings and workshops in our Studio Theatre. This provides a forum for works-in-progress to be presented to audiences for evaluation before going into production.


Led by TBG co-Artistic Directors (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock) and Executive Director (Robert Serrell), The Barrow Group School offers professional and emerging artists training in acting, directing, filmmaking, playwriting, and screenwriting. At the heart of the Barrow Group Approach is the desire to promote clear and concise tools of the trade. These tools are outlined and published in “An Actor’s Companion – 99 Bits of Craft” by Seth Barrish. Faculty at The Barrow Group go through a year and a half teacher training program with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, in which they learn to teach The Barrow Group Approach, so that in every class students experience a codified method of training.

The Barrow Group School offers courses in acting, directing and playwriting. These NYC classes include:

The Barrow Group is widely considered one of the top performing arts training schools / studios in New York.

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