in the moment | of the moment

Infusing written material with spontaneity; so audiences feel less like they’re watching performances and more like they’re watching real life.

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

Located in the heart of New York City, The Barrow Group is an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company, performing arts school, and film production company. Since 1986, we have offered 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 inspiring 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, and acting classes are fun.

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Theatre Company

The Barrow Group Theatre Company produces three MainStage productions in our 99-seat theatre each year, as well as several MainStage readings. Many of the actors and directors that work on our shows have taken classes with us in our performing arts school, thereby absorbing our unique approach to storytelling. Our shows are fully realized productions of plays that have risen through the ranks of our Developmental Wing. Play Development is an important aspect of The Barrow Group’s programming.

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Developmental Wing

The Barrow Group Developmental Wing serves as a bridge between our professional theatre company and our school. The Developmental Wing 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. The readings also provide our more experienced students and community members the opportunity to practice their craft in front of a live audience.

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Performing Arts School

The Barrow Group School offers professional and emerging artists 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. These tools are outlined and published in “An Actor’s Companion – 99 Bits of Craft” by Seth Barrish. Faculty at TBG go through an intensive teacher training program, to ensure the highest quality of training. TBG is widely considered one of the top performing arts training schools / studios in NYC.

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With the explosive growth of digital content on the internet, The Barrow Group is committed to giving our students the tools to succeed in this medium. We believe it is imperative for artists to generate their own work. With the rise of affordable filmmaking technology, we offer classes in how to create in this medium. We also run an annual 48-hour film festival, to give our community members and students the opportunity to create content and collaborate with one another. Films created at The Barrow Group are hosted at

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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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