The Public Theater is the only production company in NYC that produces Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and new/experimental work in equal measure. Its mission is to preserve and promote theatre as an “essential cultural force,” leading the conversation of the world’s most important issues. The Public has been around for over 60 years and caters to one of the most diverse audiences in the city.
There are five venues at the Public’s home base on Noho’s Astor Place. The organization also owns the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. This breezy outdoor stage is the site of the ever-popular (and free) Shakespeare in the Park series. Finally, the Public’s “Mobile Unit” is a touring troupe that brings free Shakespeare to all five boroughs. However, its primary focus is to draw artists and audience together through development initiatives. Hundreds of productions that began life at the Public, including Hamilton and Fun Home, went on to successful runs on Broadway.