New Circle Theatre Company is the descendant of Circle Rep, The Lab, and Circle East, maintaining a dedication to the development of new American plays.

Our Story...

You could say that our story begins with formation of the Off-Off-Broadway movement and Caffe Cino in the 1960s, where a young actor named Michael Warren Powell (above, left) and his friend, a young playwright named Lanford Wilson (above, middle) got their start in New York theatre.  Lanford, along with director Marshall W. Mason (above, right) actor Tayna Berezin, and director Rob Thirkield, founded Circle Repertory Company, which flourished as the chief creator of new American plays (according to The New York Times) from 1969 until it closed it's doors in 1996.  Part of Circle Rep was the Circle Rep Lab, where playwrights tested out new work with a group of actors and directors.  In 1987 Michael Warren Powell became the Lab's Artistic Director.  After Circle Rep closed, the Lab continued on in various incarnations.  It eventually  became Circle East Theater Company, which continued to develop new plays until his death in July 2016.

New Circle Theatre Company (NCTC) is the descendant of both the Circle Rep Lab and Circle East Theater.   It's mission remains dedicated to the new play development process, continuing the legacy handed down to us by these wonderful theatre artists. 

Jon Fraser, a playwright and director,  became the Interim Artistic Director of the New Circle Theatre Company (NCTC) in 2016.


Today, the membership consists of more than 200 actors, directors, and writers who are dedicated to fostering new growth in play development. Many of these artists were part of Circle Rep, or The Lab, or Circle East, or all three, and some are new.  The Company has both vetted Members and Affiliated Artists.  The Company acts as a collective for its artists to collaborate on developing their material further through workshop productions, readings, and productions at theaters in Manhattan.   It vows to carry on its mission to bring the playwright’s voice to the forefront by continuing with the play development process.

Artists who wish to become a part of the Company should write to us via the Contact page on this website, located in the menu on the upper right hand corner of this page.  New members must be willing to participate in committee work in addition to their acting, writing or directing work, helping to foster the company's growth.

Throughout NCTC's many incarnations in its 20-year history, the Company has always been about the playwright’s voice and focuses on plays that tell a pertinent story, which reflect the world we live in.  As such, we value diversity in our stories and in our membership.

Support our work! New Circle Theatre Company (NCTC) is sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions may be made by check or online.  Checks must be must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas,”  writing New Circle Theatre Company in the memo, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To make a donation electronically, go to http://bit.ly/2lSMoKk.  Checks can be mailed to:

New Circle Theatre Company (NCTC)
140 W. 44th Street, 2nd Floor | NYC 10036

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