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Working in the Theatre is the American Theatre Wing’s documentary series created to highlight the theatre industry's inner-workings. The series profiles notable members of the industry, and provides a closer look at unique stories and important work. Working in the Theatre aims to inform audiences about typically less well-known aspects of the theatre by sharing The Wing's extensive knowledge of the industry. The series has been running for more than four decades, and has featured extraordinary work from numerous members of the industry. Working in the Theatre receives leadership support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation. The series is also supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.[1][2]



Since its creation in 1976, Working in the Theatre has evolved from a television-broadcast seminar panel to an award-winning web series highlighting typically less recognized aspects of the theatre industry. Now in its 39th season, the program has long been an integral part of the various programs presented by the American Theatre Wing. In addition to Working in the Theatre, The Wing produces the annual Tony Awards, Obie Awards, and Hewes Design Awards. Other programs created by The Wing include the Jonathan Larson Grants, National Theatre Co. Grants, Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, and the Songwriting Challenge.

Working in the Theatre was initially broadcast from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, led by Wing chair at the time Isabelle Stevenson, and moderated by various board members. Until 2005, the series was only available for viewing on CUNY-TV, a local New York City television station, or at a few NYC libraries. In March 2005 it was announced that The Wing would be releasing Working in the Theatre episodes for free streaming online.[3]

Current productionEdit

Working in the Theatre is currently released on The Wing’s YouTube channel. Full episodes usually run about 25 minutes, compared to the original panels which would last up to two hours. In July 2017, The Wing was $60,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, $25,000 of which will directly support Working in the Theatre.[4][5][6]

Episode listEdit

Season Episodes
40 D.I.Y. Theatre, Odd Jobs, Adaptation
39 Building the Wall, Theatre in Arkansas; Polyphone; Solo Performance; Playwriting; LIVE: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Programming; The Blueprint Specials; Curtain Up!; School of Rock
38 Clowning; Lighting Design; Ragtime on Ellis Island; The Ghosts of Lote Bravo; Casebook; White Rabbit Red Rabbit; Makeup; Choreography; A Conversation with The Humans: Live; Double Edge Theatre; Before the Show: Joel Perez; Sign Language Theatre; Under Construction; Manual Cinema; Marie’s Crisis
37 Arena Stage; Steppenwolf; Colossal - Olney, MD; Colossal - Minneapolis, MN; Projection Design - 59 Productions; Before the Show: Celia Keenan-Bolger; Society of London Theatre; The Globe; Prop Masters; Colossal - Dallas, TX; Scenic Design; Second City; Projection Design with Jeff Suggs; A Conversation with the Humans: LIVE
36 Reimagining Shakespeare; Playwrights; Immersive Theatre; Before the Show: Billy Porter/Patina Miller; Swings, Standbys, Understudies; Since I Suppose - Site Specific Theatre; Before the Show: Jessie Mueller/Lena Hall; Costumes; Puppets on Stage
35 America’s New Theatre Companies; Theatre’s Super Lawyers; The Impact of Regional Theatre; The Anatomy of a Song; Reimagining Musicals; Critics and Social Media; Setting the Stage
34 The Stage of Theatre: Institutions and Producers; Regional Theatre; Producers: A Creative Approach; The Playwright’s Voice; Casting Directors; Featured Performers 2012; Directors: Process & Collaboration; The Publicists’ World; Exploring Musical Theatre; The Tony Awards: History, Highlights, and Backstage
33 The Vocabulary of Dance: Choreographers 2010; Embracing Process: Directors 2010; Getting the Show on the Road; Compelling Stories: Playwrights 2011; Through Their Eyes: Actors 2011; The Characters Start Talking: Playwrights 2011; Don’t Be Afraid: Stage Veterans 2011; Theatre Journalism: Online and Off; Passion and Compassion: Actors 2011; Directors 2011; Challenges and Triumphs: Actors 2011; Behind the Curtain
32 Leading Ladies 2009; Regional Theatres; Beyond Broadway; Amazing Affinity: Actors 2009; Production: Next to Normal; The Play That Changed My Life; Producing’s New Voices; Understudies; Playwrights 2010; Developing Musical Theatre; Equal Exchange: Actors 2010; The Next Generation 2010
31 Actors Words, Writers Voice; Arias to Showstoppers: World of Opera and Theatre; 99 and Under; Making Ogre Broadway; Stage Veterans 2009; Consolation and Provocation: Playwrights 2009; New Writers, New Musicals: Jonathan Larson Grants 2009; Crafting Worlds: Theatrical Design; For the Record: Inside Cast Albums; At Work and Play: Lead Actors 2009; Fluidity and Change: Directors 2009; First and Loudest: the Marketing of Broadway
30 The Next Generation; Horton Foote’s America; From New Dramatists; Composers and Lyricists; Off-Broadway Companies; Featured Performers; Directors on Directing; Steppenwolf: From Chicago to Osage County; Unexpectedly Theatre; Performing Musicals; Demystifying the Classics; Producing Broadway
29 The Evolution of Encores!; Casting Directors; The Coast of Utopia; Leading Men; August Wilson’s Legacy; Artistic Directors
28 Critics; The Playwright; Production: The Drowsy Chaperone; Actors on Performing; Design; Directing; Producing Commercial Theatre Off-Broadway; Production: Grey Gardens; Leading Ladies; Playwrights
27 Stage Veterans; Off-Broadway; Musicals: Directors & Choreographers; Interpreting Tennessee Williams; Production: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Performance; Exploring Summer Theatre; Pop Music & the New Musical; Production: See What I Wanna See; Staging the Classics; Producing Commercial Theatre; Actors on Performing 2005
26 New Plays & Playwrights; Performance; Producing New Plays for Broadway; Caroline, or Change; Playwrights; Puppetry & Theatre; Not-For-Profits of Broadway; Performance; Humor in Performance
25 World Theatre; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Urban Cowboy; Design; Performance; Production: Big River; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Avenue Q; Design; Performance
24 Playwright & Director; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Performance; Performance; Playwright & Director; Women Producers; Design; Performance; Hairspray
23 Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: The Producers; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Mamma Mia!; Performance; Design
22 Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Aida; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: The Full Monty; Composer & Lyricist; Performance
21 Performance; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: The Civil War; Critics; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Contact; Design; Performance 1999
20 Performance; Production: The Lion King; Playwright & Director; Production: Ragtime; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Side Man; Design
19 Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Stanley; Unions & Guilds; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Side Show; Design
18 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Master Class; Return to Broadway; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Fit to be Tied; Design
17 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Love! Valour! Compassion!; Regional Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Moon Over Buffalo; Design Awards
16 Performance; New Play Development; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Beauty & the Beast; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Damn Yankees; Design
15 Production: Anna Christie; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Fool Moon; Regional Theatre/New Play Development; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Kiss of the Spider Woman; Design
14 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Crazy for You; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Jelly’s Last Jam; Unions & Guilds; Design
13 Performance; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Will Rogers Follies; Design
12 Performance; Producing; Production: Gypsy & Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: A Few Good Men; Design Aw
11 Performance; Playwright and Director; Production: The Heidi Chronicles; London; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Orpheus Descending; Design Awards
10 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: M. Butterfly; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Spoils of War; Design Awards
9 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Sweet Sue; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Burn This; Design
8 Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: Precious Sons; Performance; Playwright & Director; Production: House of Blue Leaves
7 Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Grind; Performance; Playwright & Director; Big River; Design
6 Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Dancing in the End Zone; Performance; Performance; Playwright, Director & Choreographer; Production: Hurly Burly; Design Awards
5 Performance; Playscript; Production: Angel’s Fall; Performance; Production: La Cage Aux Folles; Design
4 Performance; Playscript; Production: Producing Now & Then; Performance; Design; Production: Nine
3 Performance; Playscript; Production: Fifth of July; Design; Performance; Production: The Shubert Organization
2 Performance; Playscript; Production; Production: Barnum; Playscript; Performance; Design
1 Performance; Playscript; Production: The Elephant Man

Notable guestsEdit

Awards and recognition[7]Edit

  • 2017 - Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Special Class Series (nomination)[8]
  • 2017 - Telly Award: Documentary (win - bronze telly)
  • 2017 - Brooklyn Webfest (nomination)[9]
  • 2016 - Telly Award: Documentary (win - silver telly)[10]
  • 2016 - Brooklyn Webfest (win)
  • 2016 - Webby Award: Online Film & Video: Documentary, Series (nomination)[11]
  • 2015 - W3 Awards: Online Video - Documentary (win - silver award)

Related contentEdit

In 2006, a book series highlighting Working in the Theatre was published by Bloomsbury publishing, and edited by Robert Emmet Long.[12] The series included three books, each highlighting WIT guests' insight to the theatre industry.

  • Acting
    • Foreword by Kate Burton
    • Featuring: Brian Dennehy, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Blythe Danner, Joel Grey, Anne Heche, Dana Ivey, Swoosie Kurtz, Jessica Lange, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Cherry Jones, Tonya Pinkins, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Crawford, Mercedes Ruehl, Patrick Stewart, Richard Thomas, Irene Worth, Natasha Richardson, and more
  • Producing and the Theatre Business
    • Foreword by Elizabeth Ireland McCann
    • Featuring: Daryl Roth, David Stone, Todd Haimes, Fran Weissler, Mel Brooks, Richard Frankel, Margo Lion, Kevin McCollum, André Bishop, Neil Pepe, Thomas Schumacher, Emanuel Azenberg, Thomas Viertel, Michael David, Susan Gallin, Jeffrey Seller, Barry Grove, Judy Craymer, Robyn Goodman, Harold Prince, and more
  • Writing
    • Foreword by Paula Vogel
    • Featuring: Edward Albee, Arthur Kopit, Lisa Kron, Christopher Durang, Marsha Norman, Brian Clark, Terrence McNally, Harvey Fierstein, Juan Guare, August Wilson, Samm-Art Williams, Charles Strouse, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Alfred Uhry, Peter Parnell, Arthur Miller, Robert Anderson, Tony Kushner, David Auburn, Charles Busch, David Henry Hwang, John Patrick Shanley, and more


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