The mission of The York Theatre Company is:
- To be a birthplace for new literate, intimate musicals, and a place where underappreciated musical gems from the past are rediscovered;
- To provide support for the creators of new musical theatre and be a showcase for new musical theatre talent of all kinds;
- To provide students with opportunities for hands-on theatre education; and
- To serve the community by presenting free or low-cost musical theatre performances to under-served audiences.
he York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City – and one of very few in the world – dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals, and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For more than three decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and neglected classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused exclusively on new musicals in its mainstage series--most of them world, American, or New York premieres--by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 25 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York productions as The Musical of Musicals – The Musical!, Souvenir, Jolson & Company, and acclaimed revivals of Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs. Its productions of Souvenir and The Musical of Musicals – The Musical! were first developed in the York Theatre Company’s extensive Developmental Reading Series, where the current Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Avenue Q also made its first appearance.