About Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.
Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets, presenting new work from our community; and Cold Readings, a program to read and discuss published plays.
Community is of utmost importance to Theater in Asylum. Some of our strategies for community safety and empowerment may be found here. See Theater in Asylum’s transparency commitments and company pay structure here.
About The Position: Fundraising and Grants Coordinator
2023 will be a big year for Theater in Asylum, and we have a lot of money to raise in Fall 2022 to make it happen. With multiple grants due in September and October and our fundraising launching in December, we are looking to bring on a new staff member to help coordinate it all. We are not looking for someone with connections to funding, but instead someone who can help us make all our fundraising efforts happen. This includes keeping us on track with deadlines, helping pull together materials for grants applications, following up with perk-providers, and thanking donors. While this role could grow in the future to a more traditional development position, at present we are looking for a coordinator/project manager for our fundraising efforts.
Please send a resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the letter, please tell us:
Theater in Asylum believes in Equal Opportunity Collaboration. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, class, physical ability, and sexual orientation to apply.
A Cold Reading of The House of Bernarda Alba
By Federico García Lorca
Discussion facilitated by Inés del Castillo
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Completed just two months before he was assassinated in the Spanish Civil War, Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba explores individual freedom, societal oppression, tradition, honor, and family. Following the death of her husband, matriarch Bernada Alba decrees to her five daughters that their home will be locked down in the traditional eight years of mourning. With the eldest daughter engaged, and all five daughters yearning to start their lives, Bernarda turns to harsher and harsher methods to maintain the family order. Secrets are forced out, tradition is threatened, and the family's honor is irreparably shaken. Please be advised that this play contains scenes that depict domestic violence, suicide, and mention of infanticide and violence against women.
This reading will take place on Zoom, followed by a discussin facilitated by Inés del Castillo. RSVP here for the link!
Save the Date for an End of Summer Picnic!
Cap off the summer and cheers to the fall with us at our End of Summer Picnic this Labor Day! Join us in Prospect Park for drinks, laughs, snacks, and plenty of friends. TIA will have some snacks and drinks, but we encourage folks to bring a food or beverage to share. Plus, feel free to bring instruments, pets, friends, frisbees or anything else you can think of for a fun afternoon in the park! Find more details and sign up on our RSVP form.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to our Summer Picnic earlier this month! Lots of laughs, snacks and fun were had and it was a great way to kick off the season. Keep an eye on these emails and our socials for more fun gatherings in the coming months!
A Cold Reading of
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Discussion Facilitated by Paul Bedard
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Join us to read one of the theater's great farces! Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” is filled with wit, Victorian manners, and shade for days. This iconic satire aims at marriage, love, and being yourself (or someone else). As the play tells us, "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!"
This reading will be in person at a Brooklyn location to be announced. Mark your calendars and RSVP here to join!
Theater in Asylum Honors Juneteenth
Sunday, June 19th is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was finally announced in Texas, the last state in the Confederacy with institutionalized slavery, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln first issued the decree. Since then, Juneteenth has been a celebration of African American communities, culture and history.
At Theater in Asylum, we celebrate Black history by celebrating Black theater all year long. One great way to honor Juneteenth is by reading some of the plays from the Golden Collection, which we’ve featured in our Cold Readings over the last few months. Curated by Jeremy O. Harris, this collection of 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights includes such amazing works as Sweat by Lynn Nottage, An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry and more. And, if you purchase the full collection from Drama Book Shop, one copy of a play from a Golden Collection playwright will be donated to public libraries in all 50 states. Help bring Black theater to communities across the country while growing your own play library!
Two weeks ago, TIA’s Cabaret series returned to the (live!) stage after a two year hiatus - and WOW! We couldn’t have dreamed up a better cast, crew and audience than those we had for The FTP Cabaret earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who helped us bring these new pieces to the stage and to all who came out to support our incredible artists both nights. We encourage you all to visit the cabaret’s show page on our website to learn more about our fabulous cabaret artists as well!
Missed the show (or just want to relive the magic)? Check out the fabulous production stills from our incomparable photographer Shubhra Mishra.
Join us for the TIA Summer Picnic!
Meet at the Picnic House
One of our favorite things to do at TIA is to help foster new friendships and artistic collaborations by bringing our amazing community together. Join us on Saturday, June 4th at 2 PM in Prospect Park for our 2022 Summer Picnic! Drinks, laughs, and snacks will be had and you’re bound to make a new friend or two. TIA will have snacks and margaritas (with and without alcohol) on hand, but we encourage folks to bring a food or beverage to share. And if you're inspired: Musicians, bring songs! Comedians, bring jokes! Jocks, bring sport stuff! Frisbees? Lawn games? The possibilities are endless! Friends, lovers, pets and children are all welcome. And please RSVP ahead of the picnic so we have a sense of attendance.
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.