THE MISSION:

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 10,000 square-foot arts center in midtown Manhattan, we provide a supportive home for artists and audiences hungry to create and experience intimate stories that are authentically told and socially, politically, spiritually relevant.
Each year, we inspire thousands of individuals through affordably-priced theatrical productions in our 99-seat theater, dozens of developmental readings and community events in our 40-seat theater, and hundreds of performing arts training workshops for youth and adults in our studios.

Production & Event News

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
SEP 13 – OCT 5

Martin Moran should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn’t he!? Where is it! Haunted by this question, Martin sets out on a quest that leads him around the globe. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, All The Rage attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next…kill?

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Announcing the 2019-2020 Production Season!
ALL THE RAGE by Martin Moran
17 MINUTES by Scott Organ
THE QUALITY OF LIFE by Jane Anderson

With a membership, you can reserve your tickets for All The Rage Now!

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FAST PLAY FEST
Performance: Sunday, August 11 at 7pm

Developmental Programming at TBG
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FREE Youth Open House for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am
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Registration now open for Spring Classes
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Now accepting applications for our Professional 6 Week Summer Acting Program 
with Seth Barrish & Lee Brock
July 9th – August 16th
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Youth Summer Camps

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

June 25th – August 24th

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Now accepting applications for our One-Year Acting and Directing 
Programs
starting in September
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Developmental Programming / Community News

EIGHT SUMMER PLAYS BY WOMEN
July 27, 28
August 2, 3, 4
F.A.B. Women
Developmental Programming at TBG
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Thank you for joining us at The Barrow Group Spring Benefit 2019!
As a result of your generous support, we exceeded our goal by nearly 50%. Thank you!

These funds will go directly to inspiring the over 14,000 patrons, artists, and students we reach each year with our work, including award-winning Off-Broadway productions, developmental readings and workshops, performing arts classes, and student scholarships.

Pictured: Honorees Andrew Hamingson, Alison Wright, and Matthew Washington.

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FREE Youth Open House for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am
RSVP
Registration now open for Spring Classes
More info  
Now accepting applications for our Professional 6 Week Summer Acting Program 
with Seth Barrish & Lee Brock
July 9th – August 16th
More info
Youth Summer Camps

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

June 25th – August 24th

More info
Now accepting applications for our One-Year Acting and Directing 
Programs
starting in September
More info  

Training News

Now Accepting Applications for One Year Programs:

1-Year Professional Acting
1-Year Acting Program
1-Year Actor Craft Expansion
1-Year Directing Program

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Join us for our Fall 2-Week Acting Intensives:

Professional Acting – Monday thru Friday, 10am-5pm, starting September 3

Beginner Acting – Monday thru Friday, 5:30-9:30pm, starting September 3

Learn More
FREE Youth Open House for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am
RSVP
Registration now open for Spring Classes
More info  
Now accepting applications for our Professional 6 Week Summer Acting Program 
with Seth Barrish & Lee Brock
July 9th – August 16th
More info
Youth Summer Camps

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

June 25th – August 24th

More info
Now accepting applications for our One-Year Acting and Directing 
Programs
starting in September
More info  

About The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit performing arts organization located in midtown Manhattan in New York City.  TBG’s mission is to combine unpredictable, spontaneous acting with well-crafted stories that address social, spiritual, and political issues to create an immediate, authentic connection between actors, audiences, and the writing. Our goal is for audiences to 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 16,000 patrons, students, and artists in our 9,000 square foot arts center with our theatre and training 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.

Philosophy

  • 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.  Learn more…

What We Do

Theatrical Productions

The Barrow Group Theatre Company produces three fully-realized MainStage productions in our 99-seat theatre each year.  With our productions we focus on sharing material that addresses social, spiritual, and political issues, inspires audiences, and instills hope.

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.

Performing Arts Training

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.

“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
Cloverfield

“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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