The Barrow Group believes stories have the power to transform lives for the better – by helping people connect with their humanity through a greater understanding of oneself, others, and the world.
In our 9,000 square-foot arts center in midtown Manhattan, we provide an inclusive home for artists and audiences hungry to create and experience intimate, human stories that are authentically told and socially, politically, spiritually relevant.
Each year, we enrich thousands of lives through affordably-priced theatrical productions in our 99-seat theater, developmental readings and community events in our 40-seat theater, and performing arts workshops for youth and adults in our 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.”
Academy 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.”
“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.”
The Night Of…
Director, 7 Primetime Emmy Award nominations
“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.”
Emmy Award Winner
“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.”
Mozart in the Jungle
“For the first time I’ve felt that I can let go and be spontaneous…and that could be enough.”
On My Block
“I walked through the doors of The Barrow Group and rediscovered not only joy in Acting, but an essential belief in myself.”
OBIE Award Winner
“TBG was the first place where I could believe I was actually enough, exactly as I was”