Mission

Founded in 1986, we are a New York City theater company and performing arts training center committed to putting forth stories that are relevant to our lives as we live them. Our acting approach is to infuse written material with spontaneity, so audiences feel less like they’re watching performances and more like they’re watching real people in real situations unfold right before their eyes. Audience members feel more in the moment, more alive and better able to make deeper connections with the story and each other. Barrow audience are true theater lovers who believe in the life altering impact of art. They are drawn to the stories The Barrow Group tells and always walk away with a deeper understanding of themselves and the times we live in. Additionally, an aspect of Barrow that they love is that it does not feel “canned”. Our audience is turned on by the genuine excitement, the feeling of being in the moment, the slight rush they get at every Barrow performance – no two which are alike. The breadth of entertainment experiences available to New Yorkers is overwhelming – from a Rangers game to a Broadway show to a Netflix binge-watch, and everything in between. Because Barrow Group’s theater performances feel alive and vibrant, they stand out from other cultural offerings.

Training Center

  • A unique approach to training that encourages spontaneity, a deep reflection of real human behavior and an effortless approach – be it in acting, directing, or scriptwriting.

Theater

  • Tell stories that are relevant to our times
  • Mount productions that reflect the way we train our actors
  • 3 plays / season which are mainly developed internally
  • With each play, a focus on positive change, and a compelling call to action

Community

  • A wide array of readings that bring together our students, patrons and members of the community
  • FAB – a program for/ about/by women
  • 24-hour play festival
  • Holiday parties and fundraisers

Values

  • Community / diversity
  • Spontaneity
  • Realness
  • Empowerment

Each year, we serve over 25,000 patrons and students.  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 an Academy, Emmy, Tony, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Award. We have received support from the JKW Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Dramatists Guild, the Jewish Communal Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the American Theatre Wing. 

Vision

The Barrow Group will be recognized and appreciated as the premier production and training destination for acting and storytelling in a facility that supports and sustains our mission, sparks the passion of our community, and reflects the excellence of our programs.

Values

  • We value offering programs that are inclusive, that reflect the diversity of New York City and the world, and that have meaningful impact on our community.
  • We value spontaneous and lively performance onstage, because we believe it generates a vital artist-audience connection that gives audiences an unforgettable experience.
  • We value well-told stories, because they have the capability to enlighten, inspire, foster community, and energize people to do great things.
  • We value the training and self-empowerment of future arts professionals.
  • We value achieving the highest professional quality in a supportive working environment, and expect excellence from the artists, staff and volunteers with whom we work.
  • We value, as a not-for-profit institution, reliably stewarding public trust and the resources provided to us by our community.

Programming

Theatre Company

Founded in 1986, we have touched the lives of thousands of New York City theatre-goers. Our simple and spontaneous approach has earned us a Drama Desk Award as well as a Lucille Lortel Award, and several Drama Desk nominations. Learn more…

Training

We began offering acting classes in 1990 after dozens of professional actors sought us out because they were inspired by our work. We have since grown into a world-class performing arts studio that serves thousands of artists, offering acting, directing, film, and playwriting classes to beginners, professionals, and teens and tweens. Learn more…

Publications

Theatre Communication Group (TCG) published Seth Barrish’s (Barrow Group co-Artistic Director) An Actor’s Companion: Tools for the Working Actor in 2015.  This publication articulates our approach – simplicity, spontaneity, and clarity.  Learn more…

Outreach

Theatre Outreach Program for Students (TOPS) works with children throughout the five boroughs. The program serves students from all walks of life, including those from underserved communities. TBG has worked closely with the Career Education Center, Harvey Milk School, Hopper House, South Bronx Job Corp, Bailey House, St. Mary’s, Harlem United Community Aids Center, and Children’s Hope Foundation providing workshops in theatre, improvisation, and filmmaking.  Learn more…

Community Programming

In 2002, after moving into our Arts Center at 312 West 36 St, we began regularly producing community programming. Community programming includes FAB Women, fridays@tbg, our 48-hour film festival, and our 24-hour play festival. Learn more…

Film

In 2015, we launched TBGfilm. TBGfilm’s goal is to give our community, which includes thousands of artists and alumni, a place to share digital film content. We curate a channel featuring selected work, and provide additional channels where community members can upload their own projects. Learn more…

Celebrated Alumni and Past Company Members

Anne Hathaway


Martin Moran



Denis O’Hare


Alison Wright



Vera Farmiga


Sarita Choudhury



Lola Kirk


Poorna Jaganathan


Tony Hale


Michael Stahl David


The Barrow Group community is open and comprised of artists and designers who have worked with us in the past, as well as our students and alumni, all of whom have a deep interest in our unique approach to storytelling.

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Equal Opportunity Statement

The Barrow Group reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender expression), age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action.

The Barrow Group is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact tbg@barrowgroup.org at least ten days in advance.