About The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group offers theatre patrons and performing arts students an artistic experience focused on simplicity, clarity, and spontaneity. In our 10,000 sf arts center in midtown Manhattan, audiences enjoy deeply engaging productions of excellent plays, and students learn easy-to-understand techniques that help them tell stories more clearly and freely. While many aspiring actors take our acting classes, we also have executives, public officials, teachers, and many others enroll in our theater training workshops. We also offer acting classes for kids and teens. We believe people are hungry for shared experiences of theatre that are intimate and inspiring.

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. We are a thriving non-profit, in a healthy financial position with a strong Board of Trustees, making a meaningful contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape.


The Barrow Group’s mission is to develop and produce excellent plays and to offer world-class performing arts training, using a performance style that encourages simplicity, clarity, and spontaneity.  


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.


  • 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.


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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History & Achievements

Founded in 1986 by TBG co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, The Barrow Group has become one of the preeminent performing arts training centers and theatre companies in New York City and the world.

We are located in midtown Manhattan, and run an arts center comprised of a 99-seat theater, a 50-seat theater, and several teaching studios.

Each year we share over 70 New York theater workshops, readings, community events, and productions.

Each year over 2000 aspiring and professional child and adult actors from all over the world study with us.

In 1995, TBG won a Drama Desk Award for off-off Broadway Excellence. In 2005, TBG was nominated for Drama Desk Award for Best Play. In 2013, TBG won a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.

In 2013, TBG alumni won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Lucille Lortell Award.

In 2015, Theatre Communications Group, one of the most prestigious publishers of performing arts books in the US, published “An Actor’s Companion” by TBG co-Artistic Director Seth Barrish, which details The Barrow Group’s approach to acting.

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.