Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) is a theater company located in New York City. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has grown since its founding in 1970 from an Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the country’s most acclaimed theatre organizations.

MTC’s many awards include fifteen Tony Awards,[1]six Pulitzer Prizes, 47 Obie Awards and 29 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. MTC has won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Drama Desk for Outstanding Excellence, and a Theatre World for Outstanding Achievement.

MTC produces plays and musicals on and off-Broadway while maintaining a commitment to living playwrights and taking a comprehensive approach to artistic development and arts education. Its mission and values give MTC a unique place in American theatre.



According to the MTC, its mission is:

  • "to produce a season of innovative work with a series of productions as broad and diverse as New York itself;
  • to encourage significant new work by creating an environment in which writers and theatre artists are supported by the finest professionals producing theatre today;
  • to nurture new talent in playwriting, musical composition, directing, acting and design;
  • to reach out to young audiences with innovative programs in education and maintain a commitment to cultivating the next generation of theatre professionals."[2]

Notable productions


Coordinates: 40°45′38″N 73°59′12″W / 40.760481°N 73.986713°W / 40.760481; -73.986713

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Address 261 West 47th Street
City New York City
Architect Herbert J. Krapp
Capacity 650
Type Broadway theatre
Previous names Biltmore Theatre

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Manhattan Theatre Club purchased the Biltmore Theatre in 2001 as a Broadway home for its productions.[3] After renovations, it re-opened in October 2003. With 650 seats the Friedman has about two-thirds of the capacity of the old Biltmore Theatre, although it now boasts modern conveniences such as elevators and meeting rooms. The theatre was renamed the "Samuel J. Friedman Theatre" on September 4, 2008 in honor of Broadway publicist Samuel Friedman.[4]

New York City Center, Stage I & Stage 2

In 1984, the Manhattan Theatre Club moved to New York City Center's lower level. The Manhattan Theater Club performance space comprises a 299-seat theater[5]and a 150-seat theater.


  1. ^ Manhattan Theatre Club InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed August 3, 2011
  2. ^ "About MTC", accessed August 3, 2011
  3. ^ Kuchwara, Michael. "A nonprofit success story makes the big move to Broadway", The Associated Press, May 22, 2001 (no page number)
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Broadway's Biltmore Becomes the Friedman on Sept. 4", September 4, 2008
  5. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Manhattan Theater Club Moving To City Center Space", The New York Times, October 24, 1984, Section C; p.21

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